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9 ‘Latina’ Beauty Rules That Are Seriously Made To Be Broken

The idea of “Latina beauty,” as a category, has always been fairly odd because… What does that even mean? We come in all shades, shapes and sizes, so how can one idea of “beauty” apply to all of us? With that in mind, let’s take a look at some beauty “rules” we’ve all heard that were basically made to be broken the f up:

1. Long hair is a must.

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Whether from your mom or from fashion magazines geared towards a Latina audience, many of us grow up being told long hair is the epitome of female beauty. And that’s simply just not true. Not only is short hair equally aesthetically pleasing, if being aesthetically pleasing is your thing, but the length of your hair isn’t related to how feminine you are.

2. …And you’d better be sure that long hair has no more than a slight wave.

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Because Latinas are an incredibly diverse group, our hair can come in a variety of textures, from slick-straight to a halo of tight curls. So why do we place such an emphasis on straightening and blow-drying it?

3. Real Latinas have curves.

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We recently dedicated an entire post to combatting this idea because, come on. We don’t all have an hourglass figure. There’s no one way Latinas are “built.”

4. You’d better have a light-to-medium-light tan.

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Again, we come in a range of skin tones, and not all of us are interested in tanning (or, God forbid, skin bleaching) to match the one, specific shade that’s consistently shown in media.

5. Body hair? Tear if off.

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Body hair exists. It exists on our arms, legs, bellies, backs, between our legs, and on our faces. And guess what? You don’t HAVE to remove it. It sounds like common sense until you think about the images we’re most consistently shown.

6. You can’t leave the house without makeup on.

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Why not?

7. Tattoos are simply vulgar.

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  1. Come on now.
  2. A little vulgarity never hurt anyone. 😉

8. No earrings?! You’ll look like a boy!

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Blah, blah, blah…

9. Because, obviously, looking “like una mujer fina” at all times is the ultimate goal.

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To each her own! You get to decide what you want to look like and determine what’s beautiful, powerful or just plain cool to you.


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This 11-Year-Old Schooled Americans On The Reality Of Immigration At The DNC

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This 11-Year-Old Schooled Americans On The Reality Of Immigration At The DNC

“I’m scared that at any moment, my mom and my dad will be forced to leave.”

The Democratic National Convention kicked off yesterday, and despite speakers like Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama, the highlight was undoubtedly when an 11-year-old daughter of undocumented parents took the stage. The theme of the first night was “United Together,” which naturally featured a number of Latino speakers. But Las Vegas native Karla Ortiz took the cake.

Ortiz spoke about the daily terror of having undocumented parents, “On most days, I’m scared, I’m scared that at any moment, my mom and my dad will be forced to leave, and I wonder, what if I come home and find it empty?” Karla said, standing by her mother’s side. “‘Valiente. Brave.’ That’s what Hillary Clinton called me when I told her I was worried my parents would be deported. Even when I was little, my parents were always crying, but I didn’t understand why.”

“Soy Americana” she proclaimed to raucous cheers. “I want to grow up to be a lawyer so I can grow up and help other families like us.” In the meantime, Karla believes that Hilary is the answer to their struggle. “She told me that she would do the worrying for me,” she said. “Because, she told me, she wants me to have the worries of an 11-year-old,” Karla said. “Not the weight of the world on my shoulders.”


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Do you think Hilary can help Karla and other families like hers? Tell us in the comments below and share on Facebook and Twitter!

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