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Here Are 15 Celia Cruz Costumes To Give You Life Just Because

There are few Latino celebrities as iconic as Celia Cruz, so it makes sense that she would get her fair share of recognition on Halloween. It also helps that her birthday is just a couple weeks before Halloween, so take some from inspiration from the Queen of Salsa and make your life un carnaval!

If you are truly committed to being Celia Cruz, there seem to be plenty of ways to make it happen.


Sure, the mask might be a little expensive, but don’t you want to be the talk of the town?

It definitely helps that Cruz has given us so many iconic looks, including the blue dress and matching wig she wore at the Latin Grammys.


Tbh, most Cruz outfits were made by the wig. You’re welcome, Nicki Minaj.

Or how about the light blue muumuu with peacock feather?


Truly a work of art.

The outfit isn’t everything, though. Make sure you practice your voice and catch phrases.

Personificando a Celia tbt la inmortal #show #venezuela #imitador #eventos #ecuador #colombia #celiacruz

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Even the kiddos look great impersonating the Cuban superstar.

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And, yes, there is even a chance for a super dope group costume.


*posse not included*

Her formal casual look really lends itself to an easy costume.

#celiacruz #maricio #willieswepaparty #dassit #feelinwepa #azucar

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You really just need to focus on having some fun colors, patterns and solid wig choice.


Low key, half of your closet can be used to make a Celia Cruz costume.

You can really go all out there if you really want to because Celia Cruz, duh!


There is never a wrong time to wear a boa when you are dressing up as the Caribbean singing sensation.

You don’t have to copy her look exactly to make the statement.


Her style is so iconic that you can really make it your own while keeping that Celia cruz flare.

Even a hastily made costume of Celia Cruz is unmistakeable.

Recordando esto que hice hace unos días… #LiondyCelia #CeliaCruz ?

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Even your gordo can get involved with a sharp suit a la Pedro Knight.


#GOALS ???

Again, there is no wrong way to do Celia Cruz. Boa for a wig? ¡Claro!

There are really too few costume ideas that transcend generations and that is what makes Celia Cruz the perfect costume.

If you don’t have the time, money, or patience to go all out, just dress like… ¡Azucar!

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Nailed it.

Now go make your Celia Cruz costume one to impress this year.

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READ: Rare Celia Cruz Photos Are Adding Sazón To The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

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Johnny Pacheco, the ‘Godfather of Salsa’, Has Passed Away at the Age of 85

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Johnny Pacheco, the ‘Godfather of Salsa’, Has Passed Away at the Age of 85

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Johnny Pacheco–the trailblazing musician, record executive and bandleader–passed away on Monday. He was 85.

In his life, Johnny Pacheco was known as the “Godfather of Salsa” due both popularizing the term as well as co-founding Fania Records, which came to be known as the Motown of Salsa music.

Yes, he was known for being a brilliant artist in his own right (Pacheco played the flute and the saxophone along with countless other instruments), but he was most famous for his role as star-maker.

Fania Records was famous for it supergroup, the Fania Allstars, that had a revolving lineup of talented musicians like Tito Puente, Héctor Lavoe, and of course, Celia Cruz.

Pacheco’s continuous collaborations with Celia Cruz is one of his greatest legacies. He first teamed up with Cruz in 1974, for their successful album Celia & Johnny–which certified Gold. Together, Pacheco and Cruz released over 10 albums.

You could say that music ran in Johnny Pacheco’s blood. Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic in 1935, the Pachecos were a musical family. Johnny’s father, Rafael Azarías Pacheco, was a successful clarinetist and big band leader.

When Johnny was 11, his family left the Dominican Republic and fled to the U.S. to escape the dictatorial regime of Rafael Trujillo. The Pachecos relocated to the Bronx, where Johnny’s love for Afro-Cuban music like charanga and pachanga truly blossomed.

After studying percussion at Julliard, Pacheco began to focus all of his attention on a new exciting genre that was sweeping New York City: salsa. Salsa was named such because it reminded listeners of sauce–it was spicy.

Pacheco co-founded Fania Records with his business partner, a laywer named Jerry Masucci. It was through Fania that Pacheco discovered numerous Latin artists and helped solidify salsa as a genre that was here to stay–forever.

Later in his life, Pacheco received innumerable awards and honors for his cultural contributions. Not only was he a 9-time Grammy nominee with 10 gold records, but he was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

On Monday, Fania records released a statement that recognized Pacheco as “more than a musician, bandleader, writer, arranger and producer” but as “a visionary”. “His music will live on eternally,” they wrote. “And we are forever grateful to have been a part of his wonderful journey.”

He is survived by his wife, Maria “Cuqui” Elena Pacheco, and his four children, Norma, Joanne, Elis and Phillip

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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Recently, it was announced that Amazon studios will be producing a movie based on the lives of groundbreaking Old Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. According to reports, Nicole Kidman is set to play Ball while Spanish actor Javier Bardem will be playing Arnaz.

Seeing as Arnaz is widely viewed as one of the first Latino actors to achieve mainstream success in the United States, this news was positive for many. But for others, the news was less than ideal.

Some critics are lambasting the decision to cast Bardem as Arnaz, seeing that Bardem was born and raised in Spain, and is therefore not Latino.

One disgruntled Twitter user wrote: “I guess it’s really hard to find a Cuban actor so you have to hire a Spaniard…Whitewashing can happen to Latinos too.”

The criticism around Hollywood relying on Spanish actors and actresses to play Latino roles is not a new one. For years, Spanish actors like Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Paz Vega have played Latino characters in American movies. The preponderance of this phenomenon have led some people to accuse Hollywood of “white washing” Latino characters by casting Spanish actors.

Antonio Banderas is one of the most famous examples of a Spanish actor who built his career off of playing Latinos.

He has played Latinos for so long that many people think he is, in fact, Latino. But when he was erroneously called a “person of color” by American publications when he was nominated for an Oscar in 2020, there was quiet the outcry in Spain.

Spanish publications condemned American media for having an “absurd obsession” with race, and not understanding that Spaniards are, in fact, white.

Publications wrote arguments like: “Banderas might pass as a Latino ‘person of color,’ to an Arkansas farmer, great-grandson of Germans, but never to a California delivery man born to Guatemalan immigrants.”

To some observers, it seems that Hollywood prefers casting Europeans as Latinos because Hollywood sees Europe as more “sophisticated” than Latinidad.

25-year-old Spaniard Juan Pedro Sánchez, summed up the problem on Twitter, saying: “A lot of people in Spain are bothered if others confuse them for Latin American because Spaniards see Latinos as people of color, and they don’t want to be associated with that.”

He went on to say: “What bothers me is not being considered a person of color, but that people ignore that Spain was a colonizer country. It erases that history.”

The bottom line is, fans are frustrated that Hollywood keeps looking to European actors to cast Latin American characters.

Study after study shows that there is still a stubborn lack of representation for Latinos onscreen. And when there is finally a role that puts a Latino character front and center, Hollywood prefers to hire a European actor over a Latino one.

Javier Bardem is an exceptionally talented actor and there’s no doubt that he will tackle the role of Desi Arnaz with creativity and dedication–but fans’ frustrations at the casting choice doesn’t have to do with Bardem’s acting capabilities. It has to do with the all of the ways that Latinos are discounted–including professionally.

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