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The Met Gala Is Canceled But Will Live Stream Its Most Memorable Moments Tonight

From the start of our internet presence, we’ve looked forward to the first Monday in May with an enthusiasm similar to that of our abuelas ready for a Sunday service.

Since 1948, the Met Gala has existed and since 1973, when the concept of the Gala theme was first introduced, lovers of fashion and art the world over have looked forward to the year’s most glamorous affair. This year, with New York and the rest of the country doing their part in combatting the Coronavirus pandemic through quarantine and social distancing, the gala has been canceled.

In its place, Vogue has opted to host a virtual event called “A Moment With the Met.”

Vogue’s virtual event will act as a look back at the gala’s most memorable moments.

According to The New York Times, the event will “feature an address by Anna Wintour, a live performance by Florence and the Machine, and a DJ set from Virgil Abloh. Vogue will make a donation to the museum’s Costume Institute, and viewers can contribute as well.” The event will start at 6 p.m. EST on  Vogue’s YouTube channel.

We suspect this year’s streaming event will feature close attention to the Latinas who in the past have destroyed fans with their slick and glamorous presence only to resurrect us all with their looks. In keeping with the theme of this year’s gathering— “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”—, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Selena and more donned elaborate gowns, swathe trains and gold-encrusted crosses and crowns.

Straight from the red carpet, here are the Latinas who brought fans of Ana Wintour’s biggest event to their knees last year which Fierce by mitu covered.

Selena Gomez brought all types of angelic vibes to the Met.

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Selena Gomez showed up at the gala looking like an elegant angel without her wings. The Mexican-American singer wore the delicate white dress by Coach with a metallic gold eyeshadow and a silver cross necklace. Bless this look forever and ever, Amen.

With this look, J.LO turned haters into her converts.

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Puerto Rican, actress, singer (beauty mogul, designer, and everything else) Jennifer Lopez attended the event alongside her partner Alex Rodriguez. Lopez stunned the red carpet in an elaborate Balmain black dress studded with a cross made up of blue and red jewels. In short, the look was, in the name of the mother, the daughter and holy J.LO type of gorgeous.

The gilded look that Joan Smalls rocked from her head to her toes.

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Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls attended the event in a fitted gold crown and a gilded crown topper. Can anyone else say holy be?

The Victoria Secret Angels who traded in their wings to be badass.

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Argentinian model Mica Arganaraz attended the event with (From Left to Right) Anja Rubik, Anthony Vaccarello, Amber Valletta, Kate Moss, Charlotte Casiraghi and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Arganaraz wore Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent along with the other models at the event. Literally the most gorgeous fallen angel look I could have imagined.

Eiza Gonzalez channeled the sacrifices of a cloistered nun.

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Eiza Gonzalez, the Mexican actress behind “Baby Driver,” wore off an irreverent nun inspired gown designed by Prabal Gurung. Her black and white gown featured bold cut-outs and shimmery sequence. Have mercy girl!

A look that spun Wonderman into a regal queen.

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Original Superwoman Lynda Carter looked regal as hell in a gold crown and blue gown. Her structured gown designed by Zac Posen featured a small train and elegant sleeves. Now that’s Latina power to the holiest of powers.

Salma Hayek looked like the answer to all of our prayers.

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The Mexican actress attended the event in a dress by Altuzarra and slick wet hair. The gown was completely embroidered and depicted a landscape scene of animals by a lake. Her simple dress and it’s picturesque depiction was a unique take on the gala’s theme and had all of us crossing ourselves in her name.

A look that could qualify a Latina for saintdom.

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Most Marvel fans would fail to recognize superheroine Tessa Thompson in her outfit at the event. Dressed up to look like a Catholic priest, thoroughly dedicated Marvel fans will notice the Afro-Panamanian actress’s subtle salute to her Ragnarock character with her white makeup markings on her face. Sanctus, sanctus this look was holy.

Cardi B’s outfit could literally inspire a new religion.

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Of course, it couldn’t have been much of a surprise to fans when Cardi B showed up to the event looking bold and bodacious. The Dominican-Trinidadian Latina dove full onto the event’s theme with a dress by Jeremy Scott and a jeweled encrusted crown to match. She is the one, and only true queen of the Met TBH.

Giving us life in all gold.

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Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen stayed in line with her signature sleek Met Gala style in a gold dress by Versace. According to her Instagram account, the dress was made with 100% organic silk that was ecologically dyed. And earth-friendly peace be with you too Gisele.

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Peru’s President Survives Impeachment Over Handling Of Coronavirus But What Happens Next?

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Peru’s President Survives Impeachment Over Handling Of Coronavirus But What Happens Next?

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Earlier this month, Peru’s Congress moved to initiate impeachment proceedings against the country’s president over his alleged involvement with a singer involved in a fraud case. However, Peru’s struggle to contain the Coroanvirus outbreak also became a focal point of the impeachment proceedings.

Although, President Martín Vizcarra survived the impeachment vote this week, his country is still spiraling out of control in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic. Peru now has one of the world’s highest mortality rates, made worse by political strife and Peruvians are wondering where the country goes next amid all the turmoil.

Peru’s President survived his impeachment trial but he still faces serious hurdles in the road ahead.

What started out as an alleged fraud and corruption case, devolved into a sort of referendum on Vizcarra’s handling of the country’s failed Coronavirus response. The Coronavirus tragedy has fueled political insurrection. On Sept. 18, an opportunistic legislature tried to oust the president, who has been dogged by accusations of misusing public funds and then covering up the scandal.

However, the revolt fell flat. Just 32 lawmakers voted to remove Vizcarra, glaringly short of the 87-vote impeachment threshold, which is a good thing. Regime change on top of a public health hecatomb might have pushed the afflicted nation that much closer to collapse.

The decision came after long hours of debate in which legislators blasted Vizcarra but also questioned whether a rushed impeachment process would only create more turmoil in the middle of a health and economic crisis.

“It’s not the moment to proceed with an impeachment which would add even more problems to the tragedy we are living,” lawmaker Francisco Sagasti said.

The original impeachment case stemmed from his alleged involvement with a singer who faced serious charges of fraud.

President Vizcarra faced the challenge to his leadership after the Congress approved a motion to start impeachment proceedings against him over leaked audio tapes and alleged ties to a singer involved in a fraud case.

Lawmakers in Peru’s Congress, a mosaic of parties from the left and right with no overall majority, heard recordings of two private conversations between Vizcarra and government officials about meetings with Richard Cisneros, a little-known singer.

Vizcarra told reporters that the new challenge represented “a plot to destabilise the government.” “I am not going to resign,” he said. “I have a commitment to Peru and I will fulfill it until the last day of my mandate.”

Presidential elections are due to be held next year and Vizcarra has already said he will not run again.

But given Peru’s failed Covid-19 response, the president also faces serious doubts in his abilities to bring the country back from the brink.

Latin America has been devastated by the pandemic and it’s only been exacerbated by the total obliteration of growing wealth across the region – as millions are left out of work. The pandemic has largely undone decades of hard work that helped pull millions of Latin Americans out of poverty.

And Peru once the showpiece of Latin American economies — growing at a pacesetting 6.1% a year between 2002 and 2013 and lifting 6.4 million out of poverty — the country saw gross domestic product fall 30% in the second quarter, and is likely to finish the year aound 17% poorer before rebounding next year, according to Bloomberg Economics. Despite generous aid to the poor and strict social distancing rules that drew international praise, the Andean country has been burdened by the pandemic with one of the world’s highest mortality rates.

The possibility of a president being impeached amid the pandemic, had many in the U.S. wondering if we could do the same.

In the U.S., Donald Trump has left much of the country to fend for itself as the pandemic ravages state after state. There has been little in the way of a national plan for how to overcome the outbreak. In fact, many lies about the virus, treatment, and contagion have come directly from the president himself.

He’s even instructed the CDC to stop sharing pandemic-related information with the public, and instead to send all data directly to the White House.

Donald Trump and his administration have sowed division and false information that has resulted in the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans and months of on and off again quarantine orders that seem to have no end in sight. With policies like this, it’s no surprise that some are seriously considering a second impeachment trial.

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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Pandemia. Brote. Vacuna. La Peste. Although you may find these terms in a glossary about the Covid-19 outbreak, that’s not what these words actually refer to. Instead, they’re options on the menu at a Mexican taqueria called “Tacovid: Sabor Viral”, a perhaps surprisingly very successful Coronavirus-themed restaurant.

Although to many having a Covid-themed taqueria may seem morbid or disrespectful or perhaps gross – I mean who wants to order a plague taco? – the taqueria is making light of a very serious situation with humor. Something that several other businesses have done since the pandemic began.

”Tacovid: Sabor Viral” is the Mexican taqueria going viral – pun intended – for its Covid-themed menu.

Ok…virus-themed tacos don’t exactly sound appetizing. Especially, as we’re still in the midst of a very real pandemic. But one 23-year-old man in the Mexican city of León, who was forced to close down his dance studio because of Coronavirus, is counting on a Covid-themed restaurant – and so far he’s been surprised by its success.

Brandon Velázquez converted his dance academy into a taquería at the end of July, and given that Mexico and the rest of the world was – and is – in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to call it Tacovid Sabor Viral.

“I had to close my dance academy during the pandemic [but] then an opportunity arose to return to the same place, however, people still did not go out for fear of getting infected.” he told the newspaper El Universal.

“I had always wanted to open a taqueria and, at the end of July, the opportunity to do so occurred. It was how I took advantage of the moment to create this business with a coronavirus theme,” he added.

Items on the menu are named after – you guessed it – the Coronavirus and don’t sound like anything you’d willfully choose to order.

The young entrepreneur detailed the name of each dish, taking full advantage of the Coronavirus theme.

“We have around 12 different dishes, among them are the ‘Tacovid’; we have ‘Forty’, ‘Quesanitizing’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Outbreak’, and many others. The price varies depending on the dish you order,” he told El Universal.

In addition to themed dishes, the servers also fit the Coronavirus-theme.

When the pandemic hit Mexico, the government urged Mexicans to observe “su sana distancia” and the now common mascot – Susana Distancia – was born.

“In the restaurant, a waitress dressed as a nurse with the name of ‘Susana’ takes orders and works the tables, referring to the healthy distance campaign that was implemented as a precautionary measure,” he says.

To his surprise – and honestly mine as well – the taqueria has been very successful.

Brandon told El Universal that he’s been pleasantly surprised by the support he has received from customers. “I’m surprised because we have had really good sales, despite the circumstances, we have had a lot of support by the community and we’ve already expanded to have two locations.”

“Customers are funny about the theme we are using in the business, and they are delighted with the dishes we are offering. They enjoy it and have a good time,” added Brandon.

Things are looking so good for Brandon and his Covid-themed taqueria, that he’s looking to expand the food business and add new dishes to the menu. “There is always the idea of new names for other dishes that we want to include in the menu.”

Brandon also said that he’s looking to build out a business model so the restaurant could expand to other parts of the country as a franchise.

Apparently, people are really into Covid-themed foods, as this isn’t the first place that a shop as cashed in on the pandemic. Back in April, a panadería was selling out of Covid-themed baked goods so quickly, they couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.

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