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

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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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Target’s New Children’s Line of Wheelchair Adaptive Halloween Costumes Has Us All Weeping

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Target’s New Children’s Line of Wheelchair Adaptive Halloween Costumes Has Us All Weeping

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Target’s ‘Hyde and Eek! Boutique’ has garnered nationwide loyalty for offering both classic and trendy costumes alike to adults and their children (fur or otherwise). This year, Target has released a whole line of Adaptive Halloween costumes that include wheelchair covers, and a costume designed for sensory-sensitive children. While targeted towards children, the wheelchair covers can be used for a range of wheelchair sizes. 

They’re set to be released to the public on August 22.

The line offers a very cute “Boys’ Adaptive Pirate Halloween Costume.”

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We’d like to argue that any gender would look both very cool and adorable in it. Pirates come in all genders and  The costume itself is $25, and it’s significant to see a boy model the costume in a wheelchair. 

To get the complete look with the “wheelchair cover,” you’ll have to spend another $45.

“Boys’ Adaptive Pirate Ship Halloween Costume Wheelchair Cover – Hyde and Eek! Boutique.” Digital Image. Target. 18 July 2019.

Unlike the very few other wheelchair-adaptive Halloween costume offerings, these are mass-produced and accessible to far more people. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other Halloween wheelchair cover for sale, even on Etsy. That means parents are having to hand make a much more complex costume for their child or shell out $99 for one of Spirit Halloween’s wheelchair adaptive costumes.

Target’s second offering allows you to turn a child’s wheelchair into a Princess’s chariot. 

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Again, this one is labeled a “Girls’ Adaptive Princess Halloween Costume,” but we thank any kid would be a muñecx lindx in this fabulosity. Bravo, Target.

It’s slightly cheaper to be a Princess. Who knew?

“Girls’ Adaptive Princess Carriage Halloween Costume Wheelchair Cover – Hyde and Eek! Boutique” Digital Image. Target. 18 July 2019.

The wheelchair cover is also $45, but the costume is $20, about $5 cheaper than the pirate outfit.

Don’t go thinking it’d be easier to just recreate the costumes.

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We’re Latino. We’re always getting crafty trying to figure out ways to save some money. Parents of children who use wheelchairs have come through on social media sharing the horror stories of having to create a product that didn’t exist. This parent shared that she was up until well past 4 a.m. creating angel wings for her daughter. 😭

Meanwhile, this mom once accidentally made her daughter look like the aftermath of a crime of passion against a tiger.

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She was trying to dress her daughter up as Sophie from the children’s book, “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” The story goes that Sophie was having tea with her mom when a tiger joined them and drank all the tea, ate all the food, and even drained the water from the taps. The next day, Sophie and her mother buy a ton of food, including “tiger food,” but the tiger never returns.

It’s not the first time Target has included differently-abled children in fun and games.

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Just this year, the company included a new line of Barbie dolls that had their own wheelchair and wheelchair ramp included in the doll. The line offers a blonde Barbie and a black Barbie, creating visibility for a group many times removed from the mainstream.

The third offering in its Adaptive line is for more sensory sensitive children.

“Kids Plush Adaptive Unicorn Halloween Costume – Hyde and Eek!
Boutique™” Digital Image. Target. 18 July 2019

This costume features flat seams and no tags that would otherwise seriously irritate kids with sensitivities, like autism. It also includes a hidden opening in the front pocket to offer abdominal access for kids with medical needs.  Plus, the hood, tail, and wings are removable for added comfort. Target is killing it at creating these thoughtful user-centered design for special needs kids and with flair.

Needless to say, the Internet, especially the disabled community, is weeping.

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You’re not the only one crying, Tae. While Target hasn’t even promoted the line yet, Internet reactions are abundant. 

So far, all Target has had to say is “Everyone deserves a good Halloween.”

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And all we have to say is, bravo. Pa’lante.

Target also has a sensory-adaptive line of clothing for children that do not have tags or irritating seams. They just released a line of sensory-adaptive home products last year.

READ: 9 Things That Happen At Target When You’re Latino

César Chávez Changed The Way Our Country Treats Immigrant Farm Workers But There’s Still A Lot Of Work To Be Done

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César Chávez Changed The Way Our Country Treats Immigrant Farm Workers But There’s Still A Lot Of Work To Be Done

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If you are a Latino living in the United States, you’ve probably heard the name César Chávez. He was one of the first freedom fighters that advocated for the rights of farm workers, many of which had Mexican heritage. César Chávez is an icon of Chicano identity and still a source of inspiration for civil rights advocates and for those who use reason to fight injustice. 

Here are 21 facts about one of the most amazing Latino community leaders of all time.

He was born in Yuma, Arizona.

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His full birth name is César Estrada Chávez (yes, he took on his mom’s last name) and he was born on March 31, 1927. 

He had five siblings and grew up in an adobe house.

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César Chávez knew what it was to live precariously from a very early age. His family owned a ranch, but they lost the land during the Great Depression. They also lost the family home and so.

His parents moved the family from Arizona to California in search of work like many families.

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César Chávez’s parents, Juana Estrada and Librado Chávez were forced to move to California, where they became migrant farm workers. They faced many tribulations picking peas, lettuce, cherries, grapes, and beans. 

César Chávez became a farm worker, and thus his life as an activist began.

When he was a teenager he found the great solidarity that he showed for his whole life. He and is sister volunteered to drive fellow farmers to the doctor when they needed to be looked after. He soon discovered that things are better achieved when community members help each other. 

He dropped out of school in seventh grade.

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Young César Chávez couldn’t go to school while his mother worked the fields, so he left his formal education and became a full-time farmer.

He worked on farms until he joined the United States Navy in 1942.

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The experience was quite negative. César Chávez had hoped to translate the skills he learned in the military to his civil life. He served for two years only during World War II.

1952: an activist and pop culture star was born.

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César Chávez worked en el campo non-stop until 1952 when he became an organizer for the Community Service Organization, a group that looked after Latino rights. In this role he met Fred Ross, an experienced community organizer and the rest, as they say, is history. He urged voters to work and protested industry malpractices.

He founded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta.

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Just 10 years after starting his activist efforts, César Chávez founded the NFWA with fellow Mexican-American activist Dolores Huerta. This dynamic duo revolutionized farmers’ conditions in the United States and started an era of non-violent protest against powerful corporations and government wrongdoings.

With Dolores Huerta by his side, he led a historic strike in the grape industry.

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The year was 1965 and the conditions were ripe for a great leap in the workers’ rights movement. With Huerta, César Chávez organized a consumer boycott against Californian grapes until labor conditions were improved for grape pickers. The strike made the national headlines and even Robert F. Kennedy supported the movement.

In 1966 the lucha expanded to Texas and farm owners were terrified.

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César Chávez is mostly known for his activism in California, but his legacy has impacted the whole country. In 1966 similar movements started in Texas and the Midwest, where César Chávez’s legacy led to the formation of unions such as Obreros Unidos in Wisconsin and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee in Ohio.

César Chávez and United Farm Workers organized the largest strike in U.S. history with results.

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Known as the Salad Bowl Strike, it happened in the early 1970s and consisted in a series of strikes and boycotts demanding higher wages for grape and lettuce workers. In order to support the strike, César Chávez fasted as a form of non-violent demonstration.

He was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.

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After that, César Chávez used fasting as a form of protest. He fasted, for example, when Arizona prohibited boycotts and strikes by farm workers. He was inspired by Catholic doctrine and by the non-violent forms of resistance made popular by Gandhi when resisting British rule in India.

He was a family man.

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When he returned from his service in the military he married his high school novia, Helen Fabela. They moved to San Jose and had eight children.

He was a vegan.

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Long before the vegan movement gathered full force, he was a vegan, both because he fought for animal rights and because he had some health issues.

He was proud to be a Roman Catholic.

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It is not common for leftist activists to follow a religion, but César Chávez was a devout Catholic. He felt that the doctrine echoed his own sense of social justice, similar to what some Liberation Theology priests in Latin America have advocated for.

He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on three occasions.

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Even though he didn’t get the accolade, the American Friends Service Committee put forward his nomination three times. The prize would have been la cereza en el pastel, but to be honest, his legacy doesn’t really need it.

He has been a part of the California Hall of Fame since 2006.

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Thirteen years after his death then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the First Lady Maria Shriver hicieron los honores.

He was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Then-president Bill Clinton presented the coveted award on September 8, 1994. César Chávez’s partner in crime, Dolores Huerta, got hers from Barack Obama. 

César Chávez Day is a state holiday in California.

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Mark your calendars: March 31. It is not a federal holiday, but Barack Obama urged Americans to “observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor César Chávez’s enduring legacy.”

There are numerous schools, libraries, and parks named after him.

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Most of them are in California but don’t be surprised if you find one in your hometown.

He died on April 23, 1993, pero la lucha sigue!

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He died of natural causes at the house of his friend and fellow farm worker Dofia Maria Hau. He is buried at the National Chavez Center in Kern County, California, the epicenter of his now legendary struggle to reach fair conditions for the many heroes working the land.

READ: Rep. Gohmert Has Filed A Resolution To Change Cesar Chavez Day To ‘National Border Control Day’

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