Internet Sensation Lauri Garcia Talks About Haters, Being A Proud Mexicana, And Juggling College Life With A Side-Hustle

You won’t meet many 18-year-olds like social media sensation Lauri Garcia. The Mexican-born triple threat has a combined follower count of over 700,000 across TikTok, Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter, and that number grows by the thousands daily. Yes, we said daily. Basically, there’s no medium she can’t master. And Garcia’s internet savvy is only the tip of the iceberg for this multi-hyphenate teenager. Not only does Garcia run a mini media empire from her smartphone, but in her downtime, she’s just like us. Lauri MF Garcia (as she affectionately calls herself on the internet) she also moonlights as college student, working towards her degree in nursing at her local college. 

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Perhaps that’s what makes Lauri so popular–she doesn’t pretend to be someone she’s not. You won’t see her social media feeds clogged up with spon-con or her Instagram posts photo-shopped past the point of recognition. Garcia has built her devoted following off of unapologetically being herself. Recently, we got to talk to Garcia about how she manages her time as a college student and a TikTok icon, the influencers she’s inspired by, and how she deals with the haters. 

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Mitu (M): For those of our readers who aren’t familiar with you yet, tell us a little about your background.

Lauri Garcia (LG): I am an 18-year-old who loves making videos on TikTok and Youtube. I was raised in Jalisco, Mexico and now live in North Carolina. 

M: You’re active in all the popular social media platforms. Which one do you like the best and why?

LG: My favorite social media platform is definitely TikTok because I get to express myself and my ideas through videos.

M: You’re bilingual and speak both English and Spanish, but the majority of your content is in Spanish. What made you decide to be a Spanish-language content creator?

LG: The main reason was because most of my family lives in Mexico and I wanted them to be able to understand my content.

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M: The Mexican flag is featured prominently in most of your videos. Is this a conscious decision on your part? Do you have pride in your Mexican heritage?

LG: I was raised in Jalisco, Mexico for about 13 years of my life. That flag means a lot to me, it reminds me of where I came from and who I am. I’m proud to be Mexicana.

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M: Have you been recognized in public yet? If so, what was that like for you the first time it happened?

LG: My first time being recognized in public was so exciting. It was at a Mexican Festival (El Grito) and three girls came towards me asking, “Are you the girl that makes TikToks?”. I was so happy! Those three girls made my day and after that, more and more people started asking for pictures and telling me they love my content. I felt so loved and it only motivated me even more.

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M: What did you think when your videos first started to go viral?

LG: I’ve been making videos for years now, so when my fist video went viral, I was so happy that my time was finally here. Never give up on your dreams.

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M:  Was it hard to balance the demands of high school while being an influencer?

LG: I started to make videos once I started college, so I had a little more free time to manage a schedule for class, homework, and making videos.

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M: Is it a challenge to remain constantly upbeat on social media? Have there ever been times where it’s hard to stay funny?

LG: It’s really all about time management. The challenges I face are motivation for me to make people smile. I care about my followers and I know there will be days when someone is having a bad day. I love being the person that can always put a smile on someone’s face.

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M: Being a young woman in the public eye can be tough–especially for someone who is brave enough to share their personal life on social media. Is there any advice you can offer to your fans about dealing with haters?

LG: What are haters? Tirales una naranja para que se las pelen. My mom always told me: “Ignoralos y tu sigue adelante, entre más las ignores mas te van a tener envidia”. I’m all about positive vibes, so I don’t really like to argue back unless it’s necessary. I really don’t let negativity affect me. I let the world deal with it instead.

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M:  Is there a Latino in the public eye that you look up to? That you’d like to model your career after?

LG: Juampa Zurita has been my role model ever since he started with Vines. He started from being so small to being a great and important person in the Hispanic community. He’s a person that loves to help his people, and has done amazing things, such as building houses for the ones in need in Mexico. 

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M: Who is your dream collaboration?

LG: My dream collab would be with [Youtube beauty guru] alannized. I love him so much. His personality brings a smile to my face every time I watch his videos. He is such a nice, sweet and unique person. Alan, if you’re reading this, I love you so much y ojala me des algun dia la oportunidad.

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M: Where do you see your career going next? Do you have any new projects on the horizon?

LG: Well, right now I’m focused on school. I’m working on a nursing degree and after that si dios quiere, I’ll be in Los Angeles in two years.

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M: What would you tell fans of yours who are looking to follow in your footsteps as a digital content creator and influencer?

LG: No matter how hard your path gets, never give up and always keep pushing yourself to do better. Sometimes you’re going to have to cut people out of your life and that’s okay–people leave for a reason. And lastly, always be yourself, nunca te compares a otras personas. You’ll get to where you need to be. Todo a su tiempo.

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‘Selena: The Series’ Finally Has Their Chris Perez And Los Dinos And Fans Are Getting So Excited


‘Selena: The Series’ Finally Has Their Chris Perez And Los Dinos And Fans Are Getting So Excited

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‘Selena: The Series’ is coming together and fans are getting more and more good casting news. The Netflix series that dives into Selena Quintanilla’s childhood and early career is slowly but surely rounding out its cast. The show, which will debut at some point in 2020 is getting a dramatic overture, in the sense that every single bit of news related to the show has been drawn out. But we’re not mad. We just wish the series was out already. Here’s the latest development in the show

The cast that will portray Selena’s band, Los Dinos, has been named. Jesse Posey will play Chris Perez.

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Jesse Posey, not to be confused with his older brother, actor Tyler Posey, will be Selena’s love interest, Deadline reports. The Santa Clarita, California, native could previously be seen in “Stitchers,” the 2017 TV series. His brother, Tyler, is definitely the more famous of the two. You may have seen him in the series “Teen Wolf” and as J.Lo’s son in “Maid in Manhattan.” So we’re really excited to see what his younger brother will bring to the table as Chris Perez. Those are some big shoes to fill because the love between Chris and Selena was undeniable. Jesse is also a musician, which is perfect for this part. 

Julio Macias will play Pete Astudillo, the recognizable member of Los Dinos, who wrote some of Selena’s greatest hits.

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Macias can be seen on the T.V. show “On My Block” as well as “S.W.A.T.”

Daniela Estrada will portray Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla. From what we know of Selena’s family (from the Selena movie), Suzette wasn’t exactly thrilled to be the drummer of the band but definitely came through as her own becoming an established musician. Today, Suzette is Selena’s loudest advocate who continues to champion the legacy of her sister. 

Suzette is only one of those responsible for approving of the series. 

“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives,” Suzette Quintanilla said a year ago to the Hollywood reporter. “We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”

Other cast members include Hunter Reese Peña, seen in “Morning Ritual” Carlos Alfredo, Jr., from “Mutt and Chopps,” Juan Martinez from “Triple Frontier” and Paul Rodriguez, Jr.

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That last name should ring a bell. Paul Rodriguez, Jr. will play Roger Garcia another member of Los Dinos. He is also, in real life, the son of actor Paul Rodriguez and a pro-skater in his own right.

Peña, who will portray Ricky Vela, posted on his Instagram that he was beyond himself at the news that he would be in this new show. “Walked out of the shower this morning to a notification that I was on the news 😜 I’m going to be on @selenanetflix a new @Netflix series about my childhood hero Selena Quintanilla. I will be playing the role of Ricky Vela, her keyboard player, and songwriter for many of her hits. Dreams come true. P.S. This is kinda funny LOL they unknowingly cast my roommate @carlosalfredojr as a band member also 🤣🤣🤣 God has a sense of humor. Glad I didn’t give up.” So awesome! 

Just last month, the announcement of all announcements came through that Christian Serratos of “The Walking Dead” would be portraying Selena.

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While the news was speculation for weeks, the announcement finally became official when Netflix finally released a Selena: The Series teaser, which showed Serratos as Selena. We were thrilled to finally see the role fulfilled, especially because we knew this pivotal role could make or break the series. After seeing the teaser, including Serratos in Selena’s signature look, we feel she will do an amazing job as the queen of Tejano music. 

Other cast members include Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemi Gonzalez, Seidy Lopez, and Madison Taylor Baez.

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Chavira, from the ABC show “Desperate Housewives” will play Abraham senior, Selena’s dad, and Chavira, will play Abraham Jr., Selena’s brother. 

READ: Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

This Hot Cheetos Thanksgiving Turkey From Reynold Is Causing A Lot Of Tension On Social Media


This Hot Cheetos Thanksgiving Turkey From Reynold Is Causing A Lot Of Tension On Social Media

Hot Cheetos have been the go-to snack for teenagers and young adults since they were released in 1992. These spicy corn-based snacks are worth every hot and painful mouthful. Have you ever eaten so many of these deliciously hot snacks that you questioned if you really even need a healthy stomach? If you’re a diehard fan of Hot Cheetos, this take on the classic Thanksgiving main course will make your mouth water. Reynolds Kitchens wants you to cover your turkey in a thick coating of ground-up Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this year, and we’re not sure how we feel about it.

Reynolds Kitchen wants you to spice up your Thanksgiving turkey… literally.

“Kick up the flavor for your next Thanksgiving turkey with these popular chip flavored turkeys,” says Reynolds Kitchens at the top of their recipe, obscuring whether they mean that the chip-flavored turkeys are popular or whether they mean that the chips themselves are popular. How does somebody even come up with that? Who sits there eating their turkey dinner and thinks “You know what this really needs? A block of Cheddar and a family bag of hot Cheetos!”  But wait a sec, you have to admit it, it is an idea.

Would you try a Hot Cheetos turkey?

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On Friday ABC-7 shared a recipe from Reynolds Kitchens, which is the recipe website of the Reynolds brand: “Hot Turkey in an Oven Bag” (which is a turkey covered in a thick coating of ground-up Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, or as they put it, “hot puffed cheese sticks,” and cooked in an oven bag. Of course, Twitter discussed it. “When I was growing up a turkey was baked in the Oven then u had regular cornbread dressing……now they covering the mf in hot Cheetos no fucking thank you!!!” tweeted one user.

People are begging people not to follow the recipe.

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Nothing says ‘spice up the holidays’ quite like a cheese-stuffed, hot-cheetos-covered turkey. 

Few things defy Thanksgiving traditions like shoving a gigantic 2-pound block of cheese inside your turkey’s carcass and then coating all over it with crumbled Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Because why would you make a basic turkey when you can have a Flaming Hot Cheetos coated turkey, stuffed with cheese and potatoes?

The recipe video instructs us to start with a 15-pound turkey that gets brined in salty water and brown sugar. 

After more than a few generous dashes of tabasco, it marinates. Of course, after you cover the turkey with melted butter, the crushed Cheetos — the star — coat the turkey. Oh but before the Cheetos, of course, you stuff the turkey with an industrial sized block of cheese.

Another Flamin’ Hot Cheeto turkey recipe went viral in 2017 courtesy of Reynolds Kitchen, which also offered Cool Ranch and Funyuns variety.

But this highly shareable, highly doable recipe video went viral just this past weekend, why? People do not find it appetizing. But honestly, who knows? It could taste amazing. After  all, it has the key ingredient: Hot Cheetos. What’s not to feel thankful about?

From covering elotes to becoming works of art, Hot Cheetos are a trendy, viral snack.

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos have become ubiquitous from memes to works of art. In fact, searches for the snack have become an increasingly popular search on Google over the last few years, so it was just a matter of time until this idea surfaced.

As with all things, fans and consumers of Hot Cheetos have given the snack new and unexpected life. 

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Sure, Many people eat them as they are quite delicious and really enjoyable on a basic level. However, so many others have taken the snack and it into a culinary treasure, and it’s getting a little out of hand if you ask us: Hot Cheetos Bagel anyone? Or how about a Hot Cheetos covered Corndog, or corn on the cob.

So what do you think, would you try it? Or would you sooner chew up broken glass? Because we’re torn.

READ: Give Your Thanksgiving Turkey A Touch Of Diversity With These Immigrant Inspired Recipes