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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!

The Internet Wants To Know How A Prisoner Got A Popeyes Sandwich And Posted It To His IG Story

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The Internet Wants To Know How A Prisoner Got A Popeyes Sandwich And Posted It To His IG Story

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Context is often everything when it comes to social media, but users have so many questions about how a Popeyes chicken sandwich landed behind bars into the hands of a “lucky” prisoner. The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich has taken the nation by storm, selling out at nearly every Popeyes. Some have made half a dozen visits to the fried chicken chain before being able to sample the elusive sandwich. This is the collective mood Twitter user FBG Eugene (@Eugne3005) was in when he was looking through his Instagram stories. Then, he sees his friend, Frank Gutta, post himself eating a Popeyes sandwich from his cot in jail, and he’s about had it. “N***** in jail ate the Popeyes chicken sandwich before me IM SICK,” Gutta tweets in joking anger, along with the visual proof.

Now, another collective meltdown over this sandwich is underway as people try to understand how Gutta even got the sandwich delivered to his prison cell, or posted it to social media, for that matter.

Before Frank Gutta sinks his teeth into the sandwich, he poses for a quick photo.

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“Trying to see what all the hype bout,” Frank Gutta captions the photo on his Instagram story. What’s more, it seems like Gutta has a second sandwich sitting beside him. “I’m dead af,” comments one Twitter user. Someone else tries to comfort Gutta’s friend, Eugene, who presumably is not in jail, saying “don’t get your spirits crushed homie! the man’s eating a soggy sandwich meaning that ain’t no regular popeyes chicken sandwich right there is a Popeyes Booty chicken sandwich or a Popeyes C****** chicken sandwich! either way you still have a chance for the original!”

Others wondered out loud if that cot is a prison cot or a dorm cot. “This look like some college freshman dorms. Whachu mean?” asks @KhariSafari. “Jail/college same thing” replies @___Yashiro. Khari Safari agrees, “except you owe more money after one of them.”

Gutta posts one more photo to his story to anonymously credit his “bae.”

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Looks like Gutta is on to his second sandwich, and remembers to offer a “thanks bae.” More outrage. “He didn’t even tag or say shorty’s name 😅He belongs to the streets,” tweets one Carmen (@3ntr0_P). What lengths did “bae” go to to ensure Gutta got his chicken sandwich? First, she had to overcome the hurdle that every other sandwich-seeking-American has to go through to just obtain the sold-out sandwich. Then… how did she get it in? “Wait… don’t that mean she put it in her cooc- nvm,” asked Sweet Don (@itsbbydon).

Some people couldn’t accept that the receiver of the holy fried chicken sandwich could be so cruel. “Or maybe she’s a guard and he’s tryna protect her job and his connection to the outside world,” offers Ashley Wilson (@anwxo). It’s a far more pragmatic explanation than it is a romantic one, but that explanation “makes a lot of sense… it’s all adding up” for Carmen. 

The conspiracy theories are in: “bruh gotta be busting down a female guard.”

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Light Yagami’s (@YvngLxnk) theory that “bruh gotta be busting down a female guard” is the most liked opinion on the matter. “They allow workers to bring in food at a prison, it just has to either be sealed or able to be opened to get checked for drugs/cellphones & other stuff. We damn sure didn’t eat chow hall food,” offered @TheNappyAfreaux based off her personal experience.

Humble-braggers are now flocking to the thread to glorify their victory.

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“I just got my 1st and 2nd taste of glory yesterday after 5 unsuccessful tries over the past few months. Added ketchup & cheese on them muff****kas,” tweeted The Wasted Talent (@NewRougeSton). Others are just dropping photos of the coveted sandwich in the thread with no caption and no likes. 

With nearly 64k likes and 22k retweets at the time of publication, the Internet is also wondering how Gutta was able to post the cultural phenomenon to social media from his cot. “Not only that … bro posted on his IG story,” tweets El Padrino (@ImGooooood). Other users are like “F*** it, he’s already in jail.” “People in jail still deserve some level of humanity. Glad bro got to try something that’s still next to impossible to get lol,” a @KhaptainKhan tweeted.

READ: A Fight Turned Fatal After Two Men Got Into An Argument Over A Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

MJ Rodriguez Makes History By Signing First Ever Beauty Deal With Olay Body As Trans Woman

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MJ Rodriguez Makes History By Signing First Ever Beauty Deal With Olay Body As Trans Woman

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Actress and singer MJ Rodriguez is having an incredible whirlwind year. In 2019, she continued her role as Blanca Rodriguez in the history making series “Pose.” Her moving and capitalizing performance won her “Best Actress” at the Imagen Awards; the first time an openly trans women has ever received the honor. She also became the first transgender woman of color to play the role of Audrey in a major production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Rodriguez even preformed the play’s popular love ballad “Suddenly Seymour” on the “Late Late Show with James Corden” ⁠— wowing the TV audience with her powerful vocals. In addition to all that success, this week, her activism, advocacy and talent was celebrated when Rodriguez was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 NEXT.

Now, Rodriguez officially has one more win to close out her successful 2019.  

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This week, Rodriguez made history by securing her first ever beauty campaign. The “Pose” star announced her new partnership with Olay Body at the 5th Annual Diversity Summit where she gave the keynote speech. She will officially be one of the label’s brand ambassadors — making her the first trans Afro-Latina to fill this role with Olay. 

“Olay Body is leading by example for other brands by opening doors for trans individuals like myself,” Rodriguez said during her speech. “I am so excited to work with Olay Body on this campaign leading up to my speech at the Diversity Summit. This is officially my first ever beauty campaign — I am so thankful to have the opportunity to show other trans women of color everywhere that they are seen and that they are worthy.”

Rodriguez’s campaign joins other trans women like Laverne Cox, Tracey Norman, Lea T and Geena Rocero — who have all recently worked with hair, makeup, and skincare brands in public roles. 

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Rodriguez isn’t the only one excited about this new opportunity. Olay Body also expressed their eagerness to explore the new partnership and the diversity and inclusivity that Rodriguez brings to the brand. In an email to “Out,” the body care company shared their excitement over their new brand ambassador.

“Olay Body is excited to work with Mj Rodriguez on this campaign, as Mj is truly a recognized trailblazer,” the brand wrote. “She has transformed not just personally and professionally, but also as a leading advocate for diversity and inclusivity. This makes her the perfect fearless partner, where she is able to share her authentic journey of feeling confident in her own skin. As we begin to plan for future programs, Mj is definitely top of mind. We can’t divulge specifics at this time, but stay tuned for what’s coming next!” 

For the first act of their partnership, Rodriguez did Olay Body’s 14 Day Transformation and posted the results on her Instagram. 

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While she’s incredibly honored to have been selected as a brand ambassador, the call from Olay caught her off guard. Rodriguez even doubted if she was up to the task.

“When they called me, I screamed on the phone, because Olay is one of the leading forces in beauty,” she explained to “The Cut” of her new project. “I was like ‘Oh my god, am I really being considered for this, am I worthy?’”

Rodriguez explained that for trans women and women of color, these opportunities don’t usually come around so she was overwhelmed yet honored with the responsibility. 

“For starters, I’ve never been able to be considered for a partnership like this,” she told “The Cut.” “A lot of girls like myself — trans women — we don’t get the opportunity to have open dialogue, let alone be in partnership with organizations like this. As a woman, as a black or Latina or trans woman, we have to constantly give words of affirmation to ourselves. It’s just hard for us. I’m just focusing on amplifying my voice, trying to get it out there as much as possible.”

Of course, Rodriguez’s online fans showered her with love and affirmation for her new role with Olay Body. 

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Rodriguez’s mentions are full of fans congratulating her and wishing her the best for her career. One tweet by @guida told the star, “You deserve every good thing coming your way, I’m so happy for you!” Another by @nel_mamaboho thanked the actress, saying, “I actually truly love you just because YOU ARE SEEN. Your visibility makes so many more of us unavoidable. Thank Y.O.U.”

Rodriguez is truly paving the way for the visibility of other trans people and people of color. As an Afro-Latina, a trans woman and a member of the LBGTQ+ community, she represents many groups of marginalized people. As such, her role with Olay Body will set the precedent that these groups can and should have a visible place in our society.

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