More often than not, when posting something on social media, we assume that people’s reactions will be mostly negative. We hit ‘publish’ and brace ourselves for the negative outbursts. That’s what Nila Morton did when she posted a photo of herself, all done up and ready to party. She was worried about posting pictures that were a little more ‘sexy’ than her usual photo because she felt she didn’t embody the standard of beauty. But instead, the internet came through with messages of love and support.
Nila Morton of Greenville, South Carolina was born with a rare muscular condition called Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy.
Nila’s condition causes impairments in muscle growth and strength, and leads to severe muscular weakness and exhaustion. She was worried about posting pictures that made her feel good about herself, or that were ‘too sexy’, because she felt she didn’t embody the standard image of beauty.
Morton uses a wheelchair but does what she can to express herself with her appearance.
This includes styling her hair, doing her makeup, and dressing well. She likes to dress up when she goes out for an event, but she always shied away from sharing any of the “sexy” photos taken of her, because she feared the criticism of living with a disability.
Finally this past weekend, Morton decided to post two photos of herself, wearing a cute, little black dress.
“I usually don’t post pictures of myself when I have a nice dress on or when I go out…because I get nervous about comments since I’m not society’s view of disability,” Nila Morton told BuzzFeed News. “I decided that I should just post it because I felt beautiful and sexy.”
Over the weekend, after getting dressed up and going out, Morton decided to post the photos.
It was in the early hours of Sunday morning and she figured she could just go to bed right after, “just in case it backfired,” she said, laughing.
But to her surprise, the reaction was entirely different to what she’d expected
By the time she woke up, her tweet was already going viral. It’s currently been retweeted over 36,000 times and liked over half a million times. Mostly, Morton has been reading floods of extremely supportive comments from people on Twitter.
As a result, Morton realized:
“Getting that much positive feedback made me smile and anxious at the same time. I know that some people had negative things to say, but I saw how people had my back, which made me realize that I should never be nervous to show off myself.”
In the comments, Twitter users had Morton’s back.
Many users expressed how beautiful she was and hoped she would continue to share. “Out of your comfort zone should be your New Zone,” someone wrote. And the positive comments keep on coming!
Seeing so many positive comments on one young woman’s vulnerable post is such a heartwarming experience.
The tweets included memes professing users’ STAN status. People hyped her up, thanked her for sharing and for being a role model. All in all, this post taught Nila, and many others, that sometimes, the internet actually has our back.
Nila’s rare form of muscular dystrophy causes the muscles in her legs to deteriorate, and she can only travel short distances without needing her wheelchair.
It made her the target of cruel classmates who told Nila ‘no-one would love her’, but the brave woman refused to let their comments thwart her dreams of becoming a beauty queen – and she’s already won two titles after competing alongside able-bodied contestants.
Morton has competed against able-bodied contestants in beauty pageants and has won several titles!
As a tenacious teen, she managed to turn the criticism into something positive by pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a model —after noticing a lack of models with disabilities. Since then she’s competed against able-bodied competitors in pageants and been named Miss Mauldin Teen USA and Miss Congeniality at Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2017.
‘I’m a girl who has been bullied for having a disability and being different,’ said Nila in a 2017 interview with The Daily Mail.
“I’m embracing that I have a difference and want to show others that they don’t need to change for society.”
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In a recent public-health advisory, the CDC announced its recommendation that every American wears a cloth face covering while in public. The news has sparked a ping in DIY masks, and innovative uses of clothign and scarfs to cover faces to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Unfortunately, as necessary as the measure is (and it is!) not only is it not the greatest look it also has undesirable effects on the skin. From chafing and breakouts, masks can take some pretty wonky toles on the skin. Fortunately, dermatologists are doling out advice on how to combat the negative sides of masks we should all be wearing.
According to NYC-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, the issue lies in the purpose of the bask: blocking.
“Protecting your face with a mask creates a moist, hot environment for your skin, as your breathing is being trapped,” Dr. Zeichner told Refinery 29 in a recent interview. “This can lead to a build-up of sweat and oil on the skin under the mask, which can lead to inflammation, rashes, and even acne breakouts.” Dr. Zeichner’s words come at a time when doctors and nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic are sharing images of their skin covered in “hives, red marks, and even bruises.”
Thankfully, Dr. Zeichner and a few other dermatologists have broken down a guide on how to keep skin clear during the age of masks.
According to his interview with Refinery, Dr. Zeichner recommends using a foaming cleanser before and after using a mask. “Foaming cleansers remove oil more effectively than hydrating oils or balms will,” Zeichner explains. “For people with very oily skin, look for a face wash that contains salicylic acid. This will help remove excess oil and dead cells from the surface of the skin, which will prevent potential flareups and clogged pores.”
Be sure to keep your skin moisturized.
Use a lightweight moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Even if your skin is oil-prone!
“Skin hydration and skin oil production are separate issues,” Dr. Zeichner explains. “Even acne-prone people may need a moisturizer. Especially if you’re wearing a mask, you want to make sure you skin barrier is in the best shape possible, which means it’s both balanced and hydrated.”
It might be discouraging but now is the perfect time more than ever to give your skin a makeup break. Wearing makeup on your entire face can cause your pores to clog. “Any potentially irritating or pore-clogging ingredients should be avoided under the mask-covered skin,” dermatologist Hadley King, MD told R29. “I would recommend minimizing makeup — particularly foundations and concealer with heavy formulations — because the increased humidity under the mask could affect your skin’s sebum production and potentially lead to an increase in clogged pores and breakouts.”
Be sure to keep your mask breathable and cotton grade.
According to the CDC, it’s important to keep surgical masks and N-95s available to healthcare providers on the frontlines. Americans should instead be using cloth face coverings. “The best idea is to wear a cover that sits close to the skin and that doesn’t wave away,” explains Dr. Markowitz. “It’s important to remember to touch the mask as little as possible, so you certainly want to wear something that is comfortable, especially if you have sensitive skin.”
Want to keep your skin together and support Latina businesses during this time? Try out these skincare brands by Latinas.
There have been studies done to determine whether Latinxs age slower than others. It’s scientifically proven that we’ve got some good genes, but it could also be that our abuelas taught us the importance of una buena crema.
Here, some Latinx-owned skincare lines to keep your skin looking and feeling blessed. Shine on, reinas!
1. Brujita Skincare
Inspired by the vibrant mercados and healing minerals of Mexico, this brand brings magia straight to your face. Focusing on the power of what Mama Earth gifts us, the products are packed with natural clays and powders all sourced in Mexico. Featuring a vegan crema and face masks with ingredients like cinnamon, cacao and honey powder, Brujita Skincare is some serious face food.
BreadxButta is a lifestyle brand based in Brooklyn, New York, but we are focusing on their CBD wellness line called “Botanica.” Most of the recipes for these Puerto Rican-made products have Taino roots that have been passed down through generations. With healing products like CBD bath soaks, CBD Moon Oil and a CBD tattoo balm, this is where skincare and inner self-care meet.
Sweet Face by Rocio offers an impressive line up of natural products. The shop includes face scrubs, milks and oils for all skin types. Sweet Face even has a little something called “Brow Reviver” for all those chicas that suffered through the skinny brow trend of the ‘90s. With these mujeres-made essentials, your skin is sure to feel sweet.
Mud Shop Naturals are handmade to order in Providence, Rhode Island. To ensure high-caliber, they are produced in small batches. You will definitely feel that quality with products like Turmeric, Kelp and Coffee mudMasks. Finish with some Hemp Seed Facial Serum for the full mud experience.
With the tagline “Skincare for Sun-kissed Skin,” Sun Kiss Organics delivers the goods to help your skin feel its most radiant. Eco-friendly and Harlem, New York-made, this line carries stand-out products like Aloe Rose Toner and Lemon Body Balm. But what we love most about them is their charity. For every product sold, Sun Kiss donates $1 to EarthJustice, an organization working to “ensure widespread protections from pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals.”
You may already be familiar with Loquita Bath & Body for their original Concha Bath Bomb. However, these Mexican-Guatemalan-owned products go far beyond their variety of delicious vegan bath bombs. You’ll definitely go loca over products like Bidi Bidi Body Butter, Chingona Sugar Scrub and Agua de Jamaica Face Mask.
For all the expecting and new mamis out there, Bubbly Moon Naturals has you covered. Literally. Their products are certified vegan and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about what is being absorbed by your skin. There is a natural nursing salve for the breastfeeding mamas and a body soufflé to keep your changing skin as soft as your baby’s.
Tiny Shiny Naturals is the Indigenous-Latinx shop serving up organic, mano-made products bursting with Madre Tierra magic. Products like Concha Serum and Organic Pomada are crystal and moon charged. The thing we love most about this nature-based brand though is the fact that they offer their products at a sliding scale.
While we still don’t know the whereabouts of the Garden of Eden, we do know that Eva’s Garden is located in the Dominican Republic. With a $40 anti-acne facial kit and toners for every skin type, Eva’s Garden is a place you’ll want to get lost in.
All we have to say is: Horchata, Dulce de Leche, and Guava lip balms. However, delectable lip balms are not all Yaocihuatl Organic has to offer. This Los Angeles-based brand has all the fixings to keep your Latinx-glow going. Peep their Etsy shop for goodies like Calendula Face Cream, Coffee Eye Serum and Cayenne Salve.
Amomati Medicinals is where skincare gets sacred. Bridging ancient Mexican and Chinese medicine, these products are sure to elevate not only your skin, but also your spirit. Snag some Medicinal Copal Oil to remove energy blocks or to reduce inflammation in the skin. There’s even a Healing Warrior Face Cream infused with calendula and yarrow to help strengthen and tighten your warrior womxn skin.
If you want your skincare products a little more witchy and revolutionary, look no further than the Indigenous-Xicanx alchemy of Firme Arte’s online bodega. Good luck not spending all your money in this sanctuary of self-care. There are spell soaps and spell scrubs with intentions we love, like: Hella Sensitive, Gimmie Dat Money and F*ck Outta Here. While this is definitely not your abuelita’s bodega, we love how every item is so full of magia.
Love or her feel iffy about her, there’s no denying that Kardashian fam member Kylie Jenner is doing great good in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Last week the makeup maven announced that she would be putting aside her focus on her Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics line to help hospitals in southern California keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer.
Jenner and her mother Kris announced their plans to make a mass hand sanitizer donation to hospitals in southern California.
According to ABC News the two “have partnered with Coty to manufacture hand sanitizers for hospitals in southern California amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. In conjunction with the mother-daughter duo, Coty, which is a key stakeholder to Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin, announced that hand sanitizers they produce will be donated to the emergency and healthcare workers caring for patients on the front lines of the current COVID-19 public health crisis.”
Each hand sanitizer will include a message for recipients that reads “Dedicated to first responders working to support our communities.”
According to Page Six, Coty will produce Kylie’s hand sanitizer in its factories. Meanwhile, Kylie Skin products will not be affected. Fans of the Kylie Cosmetics brand might be slightly disappointed to find out that it has paused distribution after California’s statewide stay-at-home order was issued.
ABC reports that doctors, first responders, and other medical professionals are currently enduring some of the most severe shortages of personal protective equipment. In response, some of the biggest names in fashion including Chanel, Prada, and Christian Siriano have halted production to make masks for medical professionals.
Kylie, a billionaire, has also reportedly donated $1 million to first responders to buy protective gear.
In mid-March, after being called upon by the surgeon general of the United States to do so, she issued an Instagram plea to her approximately 168 million followers to follow social distancing instructions and just stay home.
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