Christmas In A Latino Family Is Just Like A Beauty Pageant And Here’s Why

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La Navidad is upon us which means on thing: the competition is on.

You have family arriving from literally everywhere.

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One family from Jalisco, two from Monterrey, one Texas, another from Nebraska for some reason…and it just never stops.

Which means there will be more primas in the room than there are contestants.

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And you know you are going to be competing with them all week.

They walk in like this because Christmas dinner is just an excuse to outdo everyone with your best outfit.

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Grand entrance done right on navidad.

You diet all month in hopes someone says this…

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The moment you’ve been waiting for all month your whole life.

Like beauty pageants, no competition is complete without a dance number.

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Except we move to tunes with more ritmo like Suavemente or the Vivir Mi Vida.

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Keep up or die trying.

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Suddenly EVERYONE has other secret talents they want to show off.

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It’s almost like they planned for this all year or something.

If you live on the west coast or Florida, you’ll strut in your fierce swimsuit.

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It has to be new, designer, have a stellar print and you’ve got to look good. If not, the whole trip is a waste. Remember, it’s about being the best.

You get asked soooo many questions.

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¿Y el novio?

¿Cómo te va en la escuela?

¿Dónde trabajas?

¿Compraste carro?


There is always that one catty family member who starts drama.

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Usually it’s a fight between primas, but if your lucky it’ll be your tías really going at it. #sipstea #imherefortheshow

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You’re going to have to be nice, even if it’s fake, or there WILL be hell to pay.


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“Oh. I see you got a new, table from IKEA. Que cute…”

As always, the full panel of judges will be there judge your every move.

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AKA las tías.

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The Innocent Behind Bars: Mexico Possible PR Mess

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The Innocent Behind Bars: Mexico Possible PR Mess


What could generate a $150 billion industry in Mexico? Human trafficking. So, with numbers like that, how can the Mexican government claim they’re combating human trafficking successfully? Yeah…a lot of people are dubious if this claim.

In Tapachulas, Chiapas, Mexico, Luis Villagran is one of those people.  He is a passionate opponent of the way Mexico is handling the human trafficking problem for good reason. Villagran spent 12 years, 5 months and  19 days imprisoned for a human trafficking crime he did not commit. Now, he focuses all his efforts in helping others who have also been wrongly sentenced.

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He has helped people like Santa Maria Rosales who spent two years in prison serving a six year sentence after she was wrongly arrested in her home along with her husband and brother.

She had moved to Mexico from Honduras hoping to escape gang violence but was soon arrested and imprisoned. She and other female inmates, facing the same sentence, went on a hunger strike to shed light on their case and were later exonerated.

Because if cases like Rosales’s and Villagran’s, people are starting to believe Mexico, and towns like Chiapas, are imprisoning innocent people as a PR stunt.

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