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25 Latinas Defying The Aging Process

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Yes, Latinas are often blessed with skin that seems to age at a glacial pace. Wrinkles just have no place on these faces, but for some they are nowhere to be seen. Granted, celebs have access to the best plastic surgeons, Botox and Lord knows what other rich people anti-aging secrets. Still, you can’t deny the results. And these 25 Latinas are the proof!

1. Luna Lauren Velez

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The 53-year-old TV and film actress has appeared on tons of red carpets, and always looks radiance from head-to-toe. She sticks to her favorite brands of beauty products, like Bobbi Brown foundation, to keep her skin as lovely as it is.

2. Gloria Estefan

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Guys, guess how old Gloria Estefan is. No, really, guess. Did you guess 60? Because that would be the correct answer and you are currently blown away right now. How! Look at her! Perhaps it’s the dewy Miami weather that keeps her skin hydrated. If so, :moves immediately:

3. Sofia Vergara

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Since she made her mark on “Modern Family,” Sofia has become the definition of a MILF. She’s 45, but really with her sassy attitude, one-liners, ripped bod and radiant skin, the 45-year-old proves she’ll one day be a GILF.

4. Ilia Calderon

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The Univision anchor has broken barriers in her career, and looked amazing every step of the way. Perhaps being informed on current events is good for the complexion, or perhaps she has a few secrets in her medicine cabinet. Whatever it is, it’s working for the 45-year-old.

5. Constance Marie

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The woman who once played J.Lo’s mother and daughter is still as ageless as ever, even at 52. How has she maintained such great skin over the years? She attributes it to her healthy lifestyle, eating vegetarian and taking care of herself from the inside out. It’s working, girl!

6. Salma Hayek

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At 51 years old, Salma proves that aging can be done totally flawlessly! And her go-to skin care routine is totally accessible to anyone who shops at Marshalls. The actress keeps it natural when it comes to her skin. One of the mainstays of her beauty routine is spritzing her face with rose water.

7. Daisy Fuentes

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Back in her MTV days, Daisy was always the fun girl with the great face. And really, nothing has changed. The 53-year-old (Can you believe that???) still looks radiant, and her nighttime cleansing routine is the thing she has to thank for it.

8. Jessica Alba

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At 36, the actress and mama of three has managed to keep a fresh face. It might have something to do with her commitment to organic products found in her Honest Co. Or it might just be that she has insanely good genes. Whatever it is, she regularly posts makeup-free selfies and looks flawless.

9. Ana Ortiz

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The actress and singer makes 47 look incredible! While she once starred on “Ugly Betty” there’s not a damn thing looking bad about her. Seriously, what is in the water at her house?

10. Andrea Navedo

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She plays a total MILF on “Jane the Virgin,” and it’s really no different in real life. At 40, Andrea makes wellness a major part of her daily routine. That make have had a great effect on her complexion because her face just glows.

11. Judy Reyes

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Are you ready for this mind blowing information? Judy Reyes. Is. 50. There are zero wrinkles on her face! That’s insane. It might have something to do with her vampire-like skin routine. Reyes avoids the sun at all costs, using sunscreens, hats, and anything else to block the harmful rays. She and Gina Torres should hang!

12. Mariah Carey

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She tries to hide her age at all costs, but the 47-year-old diva is doing a much better job doing so on her face. While one could assume Mariah bathes in almond milk every night, or has water from Iceland shipped to her home and uses it as toner, Mimi keeps it pretty chill. She keeps the makeup to a minimum, which makes a big difference.

13. Rosie Perez

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From the time she went down that Soul Train line, working her moves all the way to “In Living Color,” Rosie has looked completely fierce and fresh. And at 53, it’s amazing to see she’s still holding it down, giving every Latina out there hope that they can age gracefully.

14. Gina Torres

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At 48, Gina Torres has got some of the most enviable skin in Hollywood. She takes a cue from what many dermatologists have told us for years: avoid too much sun exposure. The sun is warm and lovely, but it also is not great for your skin.

15. Roselyn Sanchez

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Roselyn makes 44 look incredible, doesn’t she? Her skin is absolute perfection, and it’s all thanks to regular facials done with her “Devious Maids” co-stars. Girl time is vital to any woman, and probably totally helps your pores.

16. Nina Garcia

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Nina Garcia epitomizes effortless cool, and the 50-year-old doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. When it comes to maintaining her firm, glowing look, she sticks to creams that keep her skin completely quenched. Chanel Sublimage is especially a favorite.

17. Marilyn Milian

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The 56-year-old TV judge may hand down some tough verdicts when she’s wearing her robes, but when they come off she stays looking classy and vibrant. If judging people is good for the skin, and by the evidence presented by Marilyn it’s easy to believe that, then hopefully pettiness does too.

18. Eva Longoria Baston

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The 42-year-old actress hasn’t aged a day in 20 years. What’s her secret? Pretty simple: good skin care. Longoria Baston ensures she washes, exfoliates, and moisturizes, but her secret is not overdoing it on the makeup and powder. Too much powder shows fine lines off. Good to know!

19. Thalia

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Maybe it’s the pink hair she just debuted, or maybe it’s her girlish spirit, but at 46, Thalia has managed to stay looking fresh over the years. It’s very likely she can thank her own skin line for her perfect complexion.

20. Eva Mendes

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Ready to have your mind completely blown? Eva Mendes is actually 43 years old. Like, how is that even possible? It’s easy to assume that she just stopped aging at 28, but alas she is a mortal being like everyone else. Tinted moisturizer is always in her makeup bag, which could account for her skin always looking smooth and glowing.

21. Paulina Rubio

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La Chica Dorada is not so much a chica anymore. She’s 46, and has learned a few lessons about proper skin care to maintain a youthful glow. After spending years tanning, the singer developed sun spots that she’s worked to lose. Staying out of the sun has been a major step in keeping her glow.

22. Zoe Saldana

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While she hasn’t cracked into the 40-something club, Zoe isn’t too far off at 39 years old. But you would never, ever think it! She looks exactly the same as she did when she twirled in “Center Stage” back in the day. The Dominicana’s secret: coconuts. Eating them, drinking their milks, and moisturizing with its olis, butter and milk on her skin.

23. Soledad O’Brien

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The award-winning CNN anchor also has award-winning skin. Well, there wasn’t a trophy handed to her but there should be because the 51-year-old keeps a taut and fresh face. Might be those 5:30 a.m. wake ups followed by a run that’s part of her daily routine.

24. Jennifer Lopez

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So, J. Lo is 48. Forty-freaking-eight?!! How is that possible? Ahh yes, good genes, great skin care, and a strict regime of  no alcohol, caffeine, or cigarettes. Her discipline isn’t just in the studio or the stage. It’s in the way she cares for herself, and it shows.

25. Penelope Cruz

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In her 43 years on Earth, the Oscar-winner has crushed it on screen, playing complicated women with depth and sincerity. That must have had a good effect on her complexion because she hasn’t aged since her film debut at 16 years old. She’s a forever babe!

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Coming Out In The Spotlight: What It Means To Be An LGBTQ Celebrity

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Coming Out In The Spotlight: What It Means To Be An LGBTQ Celebrity

Coming out is such a scary moment for all LGBTQ people, the fear of being rejected by the ones you love and being attacked by everyone else around you is so strong that sometimes it‘s even hard to breathe. Now imagine being a celebrity and coming out publicly, that must be one scary thing knowing how many crazies with an opinion are out there. Fortunately, more often than not there‘s a bright side which in this case would be the power of being honest with yourself and unapologetic about who you truly are. To prove a point here is 15 Latinx LGBTQ celebrities who glow up after coming out.

1. Ricky Martin

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Before being the DILF he is today, Ricky was known to be sort of a Ladies Man. He dated celebs like Rebeca de Alba, Alessandra Ambrosio, and pro-tennis player Gabriela Sabatini. After some time in the spotlight, rumors were started about his sexuality but due to fear of being rejected by his fans and being adviced by his family and friends not to come out as it could destroy his career, he decided to keep his private life to himself.

1. Ricky Martin

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It wasn‘t until 2010, 2 years after his twins were born to a surrogate that he decided to publicly come out. He did it by writing a lengthy note to his fans that he published on his website. Now, after 8 years he has 2 adorable children, a gorgeous husband and a successful career that hasn‘t cool down after so many years.

2. Bella Thorne

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This Disney Channel star had a busy love life in the past few years, and why the hell not? She‘s young and beautiful! And there‘s absolutely nothing wrong with a girl who embraces her sexual nature, in fact, that‘s empowering so good for her… she even got to date Tyler Posey and Gregg Sulkin ? (I‘m not jealous, you are).

2. Bella Thorne

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So it came as no surprise when in 2016 she admitted she was bisexual after a fan questioned her as a result of the pictures she shared on her social media, kissing her BFF and brother‘s ex-girlfriend Bella Pendergast *gasp*. After the fact, Bella received nothing but good wishes from her loyal fans.

3. Lauren Jauregui

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After participating in The X Factor and joining Fifth Harmony, Lauren not only became known for her amazing voice but also for being politically active. She uses her social media platforms to keep her fans in the loop of current events and also to fight for social justice, whether is LGBTQ rights to racism.

3. Lauren Jauregui

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So it was only natural that out of everyone on this list, she‘s the one with the most controversial coming out story. Back in 2016, she wrote a confrontational letter addressed to all Trump supporters in which amongst many things, she admits being bisexual. In the letter, she says “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it. I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another“

4. Mark Indelicato

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You might remember Mark from the hit show “Ugly Betty“ where he played Betty‘s (America Ferrara) adorable and incredibly comfortable in his own skin nephew, Justin Suárez. During the show‘s 5 seasons, Mark not only lets a new generation of kids know that it‘s ok to be different but during the finale, his character came out as gay in prime-time… which was a big deal back in 2010.

4. Mark Indelicato

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8 years after he portrayed the gay teen we all needed in our lives growing up, he has become part of a new generation of LGBTQ icons that are changing Gender Norms as we know them.

5. Sara Ramírez

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Sara is another actor who played a major LGBTQ role on TV. For 10 years she was Dr. Callie Torres, a strong bisexual woman that showed us the struggles of coming to terms with one‘s sexual identity, being bi in a sometimes black and white community, and starting a family as a same-sex couple. Being allowed to have this kind of representation on primetime TV was a major step forward not only for the LGBTQ community but also for Latina women.

5. Sara Ramírez

 
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It wasn‘t until after her character came out as bisexual, that Sara decided to follow her steps and publicly come out while giving a speech at the 40 to None Summit in 2016. In an interview, she mentions that the reason why she waited was that she was afraid of coming out because it could hurt her career and also because she was afraid of being discriminated against. But because the political climate changed and violence against queer people increased she decided to come out and become active in helping the community.

6. Michelle Rodríguez

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Michelle has been the badass woman in most of her movie roles, from Avatar to Resident Evil to (awesome) Machete… she has been a star in an ever dominated Action Film world. Fortunately for her, being the tough woman hasn‘t stopped her from dating some major hotties like Zac Efron and DILF Lenny Kravitz *drooling*

6. Michelle Rodríguez

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So it came as no surprise to the public when in 2013 she decided to publicly come out in an interview with Latina Magazine, where basically she said she was getting too old to not be honest with herself. She also mentioned that she came out in hopes that she would inspire others to find the bravery to do the same. As you can see it paid out as later she started dating model-actress Cara Delevingne.

7. Aubrey Plaza

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Some may know her as April Ludgate, the apathetic and very dark college intern who was the assistant of Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation or as the mean and aggressive Julie Powers from Scott Pilgrim vs The World (best role ever).

7. Aubrey Plaza

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She came out as bisexual during an interview with The Advocate in 2016, in which she said she couldn‘t help falling in love with both men and women. Even though she‘s openly bi she has only publicly dated guys like Michael Cera and her current boyfriend Jeff Baena, whom she‘s been with since 2011. She also mentioned during her interview that she has really close ties with the LGBTQ community as her best friends, some relatives, and even her younger sister are part of the community.

8. Danny Noriega

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Danny, better known as Adore is a former American Idol contestant turned Drag Queen Extraordinaire who jumped into fame during the sixth season of RuPaul‘s Drag Race. Since we first saw him at only 19 during his audition to American Idol it was clear he was not your average teen… It‘s no easy task to be so comfortable in your own skin when you‘re THAT young and being watched by 27 million viewers weekly, in a time where DOMA was still alive and well and Porp 8 was about to pass.

8. Danny Noriega

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Soon after becoming a finalist in RuPaul‘s Drag Race, both Adore and Bianca del Río made history by appearing in the first LGBTQ Starbucks commercial in full drag. As the years go by Adore has become a major icon in the LGBTQ community, last year Adore came out as non-binary and is making sure that Gender non-conformists are gaining visibility in today‘s society.

Read:The 24 Slayingest Latina Queens From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

9. Orlando Cruz

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Orlando made history not only in the LGBTQ community but in the Sports world when he became the first openly gay boxer. That same year he won his 1st fight after coming out and was then included in the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. He won a major battle in a sport that‘s still overflowing with machismo.

9. Orlando Cruz

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During an interview, he mentions that he told his parents he was gay at 19 and that he didn‘t come out publicly sooner because he was afraid that the people close to him would react negatively, just like his father initially did. It wasn‘t until 2012 when he decided to come out in a statement he released with the hopes of becoming a role model for kids who aspire to be boxers. Soon after he got married and has become an active advocate for the LGBTQ community. 

10. Patricia Velázquez

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Patricia was the 1st Latina Supermodel back in the early 90s, she worked for houses like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Victoria‘s Secret. During her time on the runway, she struggled with her sexuality after meeting comedienne Sandra Bernhard who would later become her girlfriend and was rumored to be Madonna‘s ex.

10. Patrica Velázquez

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Anyways, it wasn‘t until 2015 at age 43 when Patricia came out publicly in her memoirs “Straight Walk“ as she wanted to teach her 8-year old daughter the importance of being honest with oneself.