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We Talk To Spoiled Latina Founder About Double Standards, Not Being A ‘Cookie Cutter’ And Prioritizing Your Own Self Care

In recent years, emphasizing one’s own self-care has become a veritable movement within the wellness industry. But, adopting a self-care lifestyle has been a challenge for many Latinas. As many people have pointed out before, women in the Latinx community are not known for putting their needs before others’. But Yvonne Guidry wants to change all that. The Texas-based entrepreneur has built a lucrative brand off of the belief that Latinas, like all other women, should pamper themselves. With almost 40,000 followers on Instagram and 22,000 page views of her blog every month, Guidry’s ideology has very obviously resonated with people. 

Yvonne Guidry, a first-generation Mexican-American from Corpus Christi, founded SpoiledLatina.com back in 2008. Back then, the internet was still in the early stages of developing its influencer subculture, so Guidry is one of the firsts. Not only is Guidry a pioneer among lifestyle influencers, but she’s also a pioneer within the Latinx community. Guidry’s mission aims to inspire Latinas to “spoil themselves”–a philosophy that is foreign to a group of women who have often been taught the opposite. Guidry has made such an impact on the Latinx community that in 2015, the City of Houston, TX proclaimed July 9th Yvonne Guidry Day. Luckily for us, we had a chance to talk to Yvonne Guidry about being unapologetically herself, expanding her brand, and the easy ways busy Latinas can practice self-care.

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Mítu (M): When did you begin to prioritize self-care as part of your lifestyle?

Yvonne Guidry (YG): I began to prioritize self-care as part of my lifestyle about nine years ago when I had my son. I didn’t realize how hard it was to be a woman, a mother and a wife, all while trying to become…myself. I thought I had it all figured out but I didn’t and it took me a second to pull myself together and focus on how I could be happy and at peace with myself. I knew that I needed to make myself a priority before I could make others happy and meet their needs. It’s so hard to make others happy when you’re not happy yourself. It consumes all of your energy leaving you drained, which can make you feel unhappy, bitter, and unhealthy.

M: Why do you think Latinas are so often taught to put others’ needs before their own?

YG: I honestly don’t know why Latinas are taught to put others’ needs before our own. For me, it started in my home. We would watch our mother clean the house, cook, watch the kids, and she was always the last to eat. Occasionally, she would make time for her hair appointments and her girl time with the comadres, but that was not often. We are in a new era and moving into a new decade where women are understanding their worth, what we contribute to our household and that self-care is a must.

M: What do you believe are the most important steps for women to take when addressing their own self-care needs?

YG: Some of the important steps that I would recommend is to look at yourself in the mirror and decide what is missing in your life that can possibly make you happy. Then, go out and do it. 

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M: Why do you think so many Latinas resonate with your content?

YG: I think Latinas resonate with my content because I’m not a cookie-cutter type. I do what I love, say what I mean and I don’t let anyone stop me from making things happen. I’m funny, I make people feel good. I try to keep my content as positive as can be because I know there is a lot of negativity in the world. I don’t want my content to have that energy and carry it over to my audience and my community.

M: Do you think Latinas are misrepresented in the media? How do you want them to be represented?

YG: I think the media has their own idea of what a Latina is, but the reality is that Latinas are strong, relentless beings who are professionals and are contributing a great deal to society. Latinas are making money, spending money, we are recognizing our value, and we are demanding to be heard.

M: Is there a Latino influencer or entrepreneur that you look up to? That you’d like to model your career after?

YG: If I had to name a Latino influencer or entrepreneur that I would like to model my career after it would be, [America-Cuban journalist] Cristina Saralegui. I dream of having my own show [like her] and she is someone whom I definitely admire. A goal of mine that I want to make happen in 2020 is to have a talk show and become the next Cristina. Anything is possible.

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M: Where do you see your career going next? Do you have plans to take your SpoiledLatina events outside of Texas?

YG: I have a strong passion for interviewing entertainers and entrepreneurs who are making a name for themselves or whom I’m inspired by. At my annual event, I am the moderator because I’m passionate about learning about my guests. I can definitely see a SpoiledLatina Show and events happening outside of Texas. It’s been in the works for about three years now – I have a following in Los Angeles and New York and Miami and those are the cities that I will be focusing on visiting in 2020. I’m super excited about that!

M: What are you the proudest of having accomplished?

YG: I think I’m the proudest of accomplishing my goals outside of my marriage. When I first got married, I was in the background, making things happen for my husband and his business. One day, I got the opportunity to create my own lane and work with a brand that believed in me, my talents and my ability to shift the Houston Latino and urban culture and bridge that gap. Since then, my personal brand has grown tremendously and I didn’t need my husband to make it happen for me. I will say his support has been amazing.

M: If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?

YG: If I could tell my teenage self one thing it would be to appreciate being a kid more. I think as teenagers, we are so eager to grow up and get out of our nest, not realizing the amount of pressure that is headed our way as adults.

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M: Do you consider yourself a role model? Why or why not? What does being a role model mean to you?

YG: I definitely see myself as a role model. A role model is someone that a person looks up to or is inspired by. I’m very careful about what I choose to share with my followers because I know that I have the power to persuade and I don’t want to be the advocate for doing the wrong thing.

M: What’s your advice to women who feel that they don’t have the time, energy, or money to commit to their own self-care?

YG: Make time! Self-care doesn’t require money, self-care can be simply relaxing and reading the book you’ve always wanted to read. Taking a walk in the park to plan your next big move or sending the kids off to grandmas and staying in for a hot bubble bath. It’s all about you and what makes you feel good. Life is too short for you not to spoil yourself. Spoiling yourself will give you the energy you need and I promise it’ll make you feel great!

M: What would you tell fans of yours who are looking to follow in your footsteps as an influencer and entrepreneur?

YG: Take control of what you desire and make it happen. Life is short, do what you love, love what you do and spoil yourself along the way!

James Charles Gives Rosa From TikTok A Makeover And The Glow Up Is Everything

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James Charles Gives Rosa From TikTok A Makeover And The Glow Up Is Everything

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Adam Martinez gifted the world Rosa on TikTok and the videos have become the needed humor right now. Every time you hear “Dude, come here” you know that Rosa is about to leave you in stitches. James Charles had Martinez on his YouTube channel for a makeover and it is a wonderful moment in Internet history.

Adam Martinez, a.k.a. Rosa, joined James Charles on his YouTube channel for a makeover.

The TikTok legend joined the YouTube beauty guru to chismear and try a new look on the iconic Rosa. While we know there is nothing wrong with her incredible makeup look, it was interesting to see Rosa all done up. We also got to learn a little bit about how Rosa came to be.

During the video, Martinez tells Charles about how he once ordered some lashes from a random lash company and what he got were huge eyelashes. Martinez immediately knew that he had to do something creative with them. He put them on and Rosa was born. Martinez also decided on the name Rosa because he wanted something that was not basic but basic.

People on social media were split on Martinez doing a video with Charles.

Charles fans were excited to see more of Rosa and learn about the iconic social media star. Rosa is the kind of Latina character we all know from our lives and the way Martinez plays the character is hilarious. We have all heard that one girl say, “Dude, come here.”

Martinez’s fans seemed less enthused to see Rosa sharing a screen with Charles.

Charles has created some controversial moments on social media. It seems that, to some people, the controversy was too much and have not forgiven him. The most stunning moment of controversy from Charles was his feud with Tati Westbrook that captured the attention of most people on social media.

Meanwhile, some fans just want to see Rosa grow and become the major Internet celeb she is destined to become.

There is nothing wrong with collabing with someone for content. Sure, there are some things that should be avoided because of the values they represent. However, collaborating with a beauty guru on YouTube seems pretty normal for these days.

It is something to celebrate for Martinez. He was famous on TikTok first and his star is starting to rise. Rosa is hilarious in the video and the fans are sharing their love for this kind of content in the YouTube comments.

Fans are already giving Martinez advice on what videos they want to see.

Credit: Hanna Holland / YouTube

Ummm, yes, please. Imagine seeing some of your favorite beauty gurus on YouTube all rocking Rosa-influenced makeup. From James Charles to Dulce Candy, there are no beauty influencers that wouldn’t look super cute in some Rosa style makeup looks. This is the content fans deserve.

You can watch the full makeover video below!

Get it, Rosa! You keep being the social media queen we all know you are!

READ: Check Out These LGBTQ+ People Turning The Beauty Guru World Upside Down

#ChampetaChallenge Goes Viral As People Attempt Shakira’s Halftime Dance

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#ChampetaChallenge Goes Viral As People Attempt Shakira’s Halftime Dance

@christopheraguirree / TikTok / shakira / Instagram

It has been almost a week since Super Bowl LIV. Everyone was talking about the J.Lo and Shakira halftime show and the unapologetic Latin performance. Shakira’s appearance was arguably the most successful. Her single “Whenever, Wherever” reached the No. 1 spot on the charts and she created a viral TikTok dance challenge called #ChampetaChallenge.

It all started when Shakira posted a video teaching the choreography of her Super Bowl halftime show.

Champeta is a form of music and dance that originates from the Caribbean coastal region of Colombia. It is traced back to people of African descent who lived in Cartagena before spreading in influence to Barranquilla.

Then, Shakira posted a behind-the-scenes video of her staff learning her halftime show dance.

Everyone looks like they are having so much fun learning this dance that it makes you want to give it a shot. Her video is captioned, “Directors, producers, cameramen,… all of them learning to dance Champeta. #ChampetaChallenge.” Smart.

With that behind-the-scenes video, the #ChampetaChallenge was born and soon found a home on TikTok.

@angieborbon_

shakira #champetachallenge #shakira♬ original sound – shakira

Videos have popped up all over various social media channels of people and influencers jumping on the #ChampetaChallenge bandwagon. Some of these people are super talented.

Friends have joined forces to spread the regional dance style.

@christopheraguirree

Shakira did THAT with this beautiful dance break ❤️ shakira #champetachallenge #dance #viral #fyp #foryou #foryoupage♬ original sound – shakira

Who doesn’t like spending time dancing with friends? It’s a workout, bonding moment, and just a good time. And if you can make a viral video at the same time then why not?

Some people wanted to match the dancers and Shakira’s outfit in their own performance.

@besperon

Love this dance so much! Tag shakira in the comments!!! #champetachallenge #champeta #shakira #superbowlliv #halftime #halftimeshow #dance #fyp♬ original sound – shakira

Certainly, this earns them extra points. Learning and doing the #ChampetaChallenge is one thing. Coordinating your outfit with the people on the tv takes this whole thing to another level.

And some people really let loose during their dance challenge.

@giovanni.tisera

Anyone else inspired after that show????? Gracias @shakira✨????#champetachallenge #superbowl #champeta #dancetrend #latino #peruvianboy #dancelove #baile♬ original sound – shakira

Alright now. Look at you go.

Oh, and Shakira has been going through to like, comment, and share some of the #ChampetaChallenge videos.

@nanabeladi1

yes shi did????????#foryou #champetachallenge #dance #shakira shakira♬ original sound – nanabeladi1

Might as well upload yours and see if you can get Shakira’s attention.

READ: Shakira’s Song ‘Whenever, Wherever” Reaches No. 1 After Her Super Bowl Performance But Latinos Have Always Adored Her