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You’ve Been Mistaking These Things For Mexican Your Whole Life

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There’s nothing more annoying to Mexicans than to hear others refer to certain things as Mexican. Unless you want the paliza of your life, let’s make sure this never happens to you, shall we? After all, Mexicans always prefer to make love not war.

1. Every Latino… Ever.

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WE’RE NOT ALL MEXICAN! We see why people would love to be confused with being Mexican ?, but speaking Spanish, having brown hair and unlimited sass doesn’t make everyone Mexican. There are over 20 Latin American countries in the world and Mexico is just one of them.

2. The Most Interesting Man in the World

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Interesting? Yes. Mexican? No. This macho actor that many young men aspire to be is actually a Jew from New York. His badass-ness is certainly Mexican, but his roots reside in The Big Apple.

READ: Things You Didn’t Know About “The Most Interesting Man”

3. Piñatas

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Many people associate piñatas with Mexicans; they’re extravagant and super fun. But these multi-colored vessels are actually Chinese. The tradition of breaking piñatas arrived to Europe in the 14th century and made its way to Mexico two centuries after that. Sorry to break it to you (get it?).

4. Tacos Al Pastor

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Tacos come from Mexico, no doubt about it. But the method of cooking “al pastor” actually originated in Lebanon. If you are one of the five Latinos who ever ate a shawarma, you are probably dumbfounded with a big “ooooooo” expression on your face. If you are not, just look it up: S-H-A-W-A-R-M-A.

5. Tapatío

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This salsa picante brand has a Mexican name, a cute charro on the label and Spanish all over it: very clever. BUT it originated in Maywood, California. Not Mexico. The creator however, is from Mexico. It’s a win-win.

READ: The Complete List of Bro Codes Every Mexican Is Down With

6. Serenatas

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When you think about the romantic serenatas you picture a mariachi holding a guitar while his beloved is listening from a balcony up above; don’t you? Wrong… again. serenatas come from Europe and became popular with compositions from Mozart and Beethoven.

7. The Hottest Chile in the World

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Mexican food is known to be hot… hot, hot! But the delicious peppers used in Mexican cuisine are no competition for the current hottest one: the Carolina Reaper with 2.2 million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). It can literally kill you. Are you game?

8. “Jajaja”

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It’s “jajaja” and not “hahaha” for all Latinos. And it was Spanish novelist José María de Pereda who first wrote it in his book “Tipos trashumantes.” I guess the “jajaja” is on you.

9. La Macarena

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The original Macarena that inspired Spanish pop duo Los Del Río to write the infamous song is actually about a flamenco dancer from Venezuela… “Aaay!”

10. Limón

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We add them to everything and margaritas can’t live without them and they keep Mexican avocados from turning brown, but limes were first cultivated in Persia and Asia. Mind blown.

READ: Foods Mexicans Cannot Eat without Limón

11. Zorro

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Guy Williams, the original Zorro from Disney’s 1957 blockbuster film, was actually born in New York. None of the actors that played the part have ever been Mexican, including Antonio Banderas who…wait for it… Is from SPAIN.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Just kidding, she was born in Mexico… And no one can steal her! ?❤️

Can you think of others? MiTú wants to know. Leave a comment below.

Here’s Why Frida Kahlo’s Style Was Cyclical And Ever-Changing Flirting With Femininity And Masculinity

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Here’s Why Frida Kahlo’s Style Was Cyclical And Ever-Changing Flirting With Femininity And Masculinity

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is an iconic member of the Latino community. As an artist, she continues to inspire millions of people from around the world. She stood up for herself and her sexuality in a time when people just didn’t allow for people to be themselves. Kahlo is a controversial figure at times but, overall, she shows the world that we can do anything we want as long s we have the drive and determination to get there.

Her style is one thing everyone remembers about the artist. She was a fashion icon without trying. Everyone has seen Kahlo in her floral crowns and dresses. We also know her in her suits and cropped hair. Her drastic changes in her style were all intentional.

Frida Kahlo first started dictating her dress based on her deformities and injuries.

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Kahlo was the victim of several health issues that altered her body. To hide these imperfections, Kahlo altered her clothing to create illusions that hid the physical manifestations of her health issues.

One clothing alteration Kahlo relied on was a heel on her right shoe.

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As a young child, Kahlo contracted polio in her right leg. The disease, which has been largely eradicated in the world thanks to vaccinations, caused her right leg to be smaller than her left leg.

She also layered her socks to help hid her right leg.

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Her ingenuity with her clothing and her vision on how to create the form she wanted you to see is very telling. Her art was something she clearly always felt.

Young Kahlo would also wear her suits to challenge society.

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She refused to be defined by society and the mainstream vision of femininity and womanhood. She wanted to be defined as herself and wearing a suit provided the artist with a way to stand up for herself.

Diego Rivera was a major factor in how the artist portrayed herself to the world.

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When Rivera and Kahlo were together, Kahlo wore flowers in her hair and traditional Mexican dresses. She offered Rivera what he thought was beautiful.

Kahlo’s life without Rivera saw her living as the opposite of his desires.

Creidt: Frida Kahlo Portrait With Cropped Hair

When Rivera, who was frequently cheating on Kahlo, was out of Kahlo’s life, she would wear suits and cut her hair short. She knew that Rivera disliked her looking like this so she intentionally did so to displease him when they were apart.

Kahlo’s style evolution was cyclical and ever-changing. She constantly blurred the line between femininity and masculinity always leaving society scratching their heads.

Watch the video of Frida Kahlo’s style below.

READ: For Frida Kahlo’s Birthday This Is An Ode To All Of The Cakes Made In Her Honor

This List Of 17 Celebrities That You Didn’t Know Were Latino Will Leave You Wondering How You Didn’t Know

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This List Of 17 Celebrities That You Didn’t Know Were Latino Will Leave You Wondering How You Didn’t Know

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We’ve all done it. You meet someone new, take one good look at them and ask (almost rhetorically): “So, where are you from?” Often we expect faces to match exotic countries around the world, but frequently the response, complemented with a puzzled expression, is something like: “Oh, umm Michigan…”

But Latinos come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, We can be white and blonde gueros, we can be black, and every color in between. We are gay, Muslim, Asian, Jewish, Indigenous, and so much more.

Here are 32 Latino celebrities that you probably didn’t know are, in fact, Latino.

1. Nicole Richie

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You likely know Nicole Richie as Lionel Richie’s daughter and from “The Simple Life” with bestie Paris Hilton. Nicole was actually adopted by Lionel and her biological family has Mexican ancestry.

I mean people really didn’t know…

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Like it was a serious shock apparently to many across social media.

2. Aubrey Plaza

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The Parks and Recreation star is boricua pa’que lo sepas, but in several interviews, she said that people never think she’s Puerto Rican. “I’m very fair-skinned, but I feel really connected to that side of my family.”

3. Alexis Bedel

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Yep, it’s true! The actress, best known for her role as Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, was born to Argentinian parents (her mom grew up in Mexico) and raised in a Spanish-speaking household. She’s told Latina that she’s often assumed to be Irish.

4. Bruno Mars

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Born Peter Hernandez to Puerto Rican and Filipino parents, Mars changed his name to avoid being stereotyped in the music industry, he told GQ.com. “People would say, ‘Your last name’s Hernandez, maybe you should do Latin music … Enrique Iglesias is so hot right now!'”

5. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

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Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made a name for herself as the (very tan) of New Jersey’s Italian-Americans. But she was actually born in Chile and adopted by an Italian-American family when she was just six months old.

6. Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz’s father is of Cuban descent, born and raised in Tampa, Florida’s Ybor City. The bubbly blonde actress told Vogue magazine she spent part of her summers as a child in Tampa with her over-protective grandmother, “playing cards, eating steak and rice and beans and drinking RC Cola and watching soap operas.”

7. Jessica Alba

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Actress Jessica Alba’s father is Mexican-American, and she says she takes pride in being Latina, despite rumors to the contrary.

8. Sara Paxton

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WIth roles on “Good Girls” and “Last House on the Left”, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Sara says people are often surprised to learn she’s half Mexican.

“People never believe me,”she told The Huffington Post. “I think it’s because they have this stereotype of what a Latina’s supposed to look like, and I don’t fit that typical look.”

9. Hulk Hogan

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Considered by some as the greatest professional wrestler ever, Hulk Hogan, born in Georgia. But did you know that he has Panamanian roots?

10. Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi’s real name is Scott Ramon Seguro. His father is a proud Mexican-American.

11. Frankie Muniz

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Everyone knew of Frankie Muniz while growing up thanks to “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Agent Cody Banks.”

While Frankie is his stage name, his real name is Francisco, probably thanks to his Puerto Rican father.

12. Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch’s apellido is Tejada. The soap opera star changed her name while trying to make it in Hollywood, but her father was born in La Paz, Bolivia.

13. Uma Thurman

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You probably know Uma Thurman from her role in “Pulp Fiction” but did you know she has Mexican roots? Her mother, a fashion model named Nena von Schlebrügge, was born in Mexico City before moving to New York to be a model.

14. Vanna White

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You know her as the legendary hostess of Wheel of Fortune, but White – whose very last name hints that she’s Caucasian— is actually part-Latina!

You see, “White” is not Vanna’s real apellido—it’s the name she took from her stepfather Herbert Stackley WhiteJr., a former real estate agent in North Myrtle Beach.  Not much is known about Vanna’s real father whose name is Miguel Angel Rosich, except that he was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and abandoned the family when she was a child.

15. Mark Ballas

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Professional ballroom dancer Mark Ballas (Dancing With the Stars) is half-Greek, and half-Mexican. Ballas’ paternal grandmother was named Maria Luisa Marulanda Ballas — and while she is not Latina herself — Ballas’ mother, Shirley Ballas is an award-winning dancer who won the 1995 International Latin American Dance Championship, earning the nickname “The Queen of Latin.” 

16. James Roday

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The last name trips people up, James says, but the Psych star, who’s half Mexican, changed it from Rodriguez to Roday when he launched his career for two reasons: There was already another James Rodriguez registered in the Screen Actors Guild, and an agent at the network where he landed his first job worried that they would look like they were skirting around issues of diversity by casting a white Latino.

17. Fergie

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Fergie was everywhere in the early 2000s as part of the musical group The Black Eyed Peas. But, now you know that she has Mexican ancestry in her family line.

READ: We Ranked Instagram’s 17 Most Followed Latino Celebrities And Their Claims to Fame

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