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I Thought Rebelde Was My Life, But Instead It Was Taking Over My Life

We all develop random obsessions while growing up. For me, “Rebelde” was that obsession. Somewhere between elementary school and middle school, I became addicted to the telenovela “Rebelde.” And I admit I went a little overboard as a “Rebelde” and RBD fanatic.

The first thing I did when I got home was walk straight to the TV and flip the channel to “Rebelde.” 


Thankfully, it started at 3 p.m. so I had about 15 minutes to hop in my mom’s car, get home and dash to the TV. It was always a fight between me and my mom about whose turn it was to watch their novela. Eventually my family learned not to bother me when I was watching “Rebelde.” It became my me time, my distraction from the world, my meditation. It was just me Roberta, Mia, and the rest of the students at Elite High School. 

I memorized the lyrics to every single RBD song. So as soon as I heard “Y soy Rebelde,” I would be like…

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“THAT’S MY BAND, YO.” I considered myself the sixth member. Don’t even get me started on the ballads. My single, never-been-kissed-self would cry every time I listened to “Sálvame,” which was always on repeat. No shade to The Beatles, but RBD is music’s greatest band. 

To this day, I still rock RBD merch. 

I still wear Rebelde merch to pay homage to the novela that shaped the crazy 20-something year old that I am now. While everyone else was watching “90210,” I was watching “Rebelde.” This telenovela was a way for me to connect with my culture and my language. I went from being shamed about my accent to singing at the top of my lungs to RBD’s music. RBD helped me reconnect with my culture and to this day, I love RBD for that. 

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Every single RBD CD, you name it, I had it.


Most kids my age spent their money on shoes and clothes, this was where all of my allowances went. I started selling food at my school — I even became known as the Hot-Cheeto plug on campus. I was the cool kid walking around with a walkman wearing plaid everything and my little brother’s tie around my neck. It’s called fashun, look it up. 

I spent money on this hard, flavorless gum!

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I spent all my money on this gum just to collect the limited edition RBD stickers. Maybe this is what gave me so many cavities, but it was “Rebelde!” The guy at the tiendita en la esquina knew to save those for me. Did I develop TMJ because of this? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. 

And my sticker collection got bigger and bigger.

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The stickers made me so happy. They were all over my locker, binder and books. But my absolute favorite sticker collection was the collection of jewel stickers I saved so I could wear in the middle of my eyebrows just like Mia Colucci. 

My room was decked out with Rebelde posters.


Because I couldn’t think of anything more colorful to decorate my room with. I had one with the entire group. I had an entire wall dedicated to posters of the guys. My favorite poster was one of young Diego Boneta. I knew since then that we were destined to be together. 

A LOT of posters.


Anyone that entered my room would knew right away that I was sort of, kind of, reeeeeally a fan of “Rebelde.” And I can’t leave out the posters of the girls. I had a massive poster of my queen Mia Colucci, Roberta and even her mom, Alma Rey. 

When it came time for back-to-school shopping, there was no stopping me.

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I had to have it all. Give me the notebook, the backpack, the pencils. I had a ton of Rebelde t-shirts and still have some today. Also, for breakfast, I would only eat Rebelde-sponsored foods. Did I ever see them actually studying in the show? No. Still, I had to have every product that had their precious faces printed. 

And I was always prepared with my Rebelde swag.


If I wasn’t dressed in plaid with my little brother’s tie, I had to rock every kind of Rebelde merch that was ever made. Bomber jackets with embroidered Rebelde, I had it. Hats, you know it. I even had Rebelde undies that my mom picked up from a random fashion mart. 

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Every time a teacher gave me a sticker, I’d stick it to my forehead because that’s what Mía Colucci did.


I used to walk around with a sticker, big or small, and say things like “Qué difícil es ser yo!” I started flipping my hair every chance I had and I even started acting like a brat calling my dad daddy in an obnoxious way every time I wanted something from him. Mía was my queen and I wanted to be just like her. 

I even insisted on having a “Rebelde” themed birthday party…

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TBH, this wasn’t that hard to convince my friends. Everything we owned was already red, black and white. We had our outfits ready and we even knew what we were going to play the night of the party — RBD karaoke! 

…which required all of my friends and cousins to dress in “Rebelde” uniforms.

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As you can see, I wasn’t the only one who was slightly obsessed. My friends and little cousins also had complete outfits. This made for the best #squadgoals photos way before Instagram even existed. I took my birthday theme very seriously. 

“Rebelde” was my life! 

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To me, Rebelde was way more than a telenovela or a teen band. It was a connection to my culture. Because of this group of kids, I shared a few more hours with my parents, I started watching TV in Spanish again and I wanted to wear my culture on my sleeve all over again. I wanted to be just like the kids on the show. I started speaking their slang, wearing their clothing. When other kids on campus saw that I was an RBD fan, they gravitated toward me. It was a way for me to connect with the other Latino kids at school. RBD brought us together. 


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A Twitter User Shared His Cousin’s ‘Rebelde’-Themed Going Away Party And Latinos Were Here For It

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A Twitter User Shared His Cousin’s ‘Rebelde’-Themed Going Away Party And Latinos Were Here For It

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the teen telenovelaRebelde” first aired on Televisa. At the time, who would have thought that the Mexican soap opera would become an international sensation? As a refresher, “Rebelde” was a Spanish-language soap that ran from 2004-2006 for three seasons. The story focused on Elite Way School, a prestigious Mexico City prep school. The plot revolved around a group of students trying to form a pop band (RBD). At the time, Rebelde” was Touted as “Beverly Hills: 90210” with songs.  The show was so successful that it had teens wearing loose dress-ties and short plaid skirts all across Latinidad. “Rebelde” paved the way for “Gossip Girl” and “Pretty Little Liars”, and the legacy definitely lives on. 

On Sunday, Twitter user @EseGueyBeto revealed that his cousin threw a “Rebelde”-themed going away party, proving that the dearly-departed teen soap is still very much a part of the zeitgeist.

@EseGueyBeto posted a video of the “Rebelde”-themed party, and it did not disappoint. The 16-second video shows a group of people by a pool dressed up in very authentic-looking Elite Way School uniforms. The party-goers wear maroon blazers, unbuttoned dress shirts, loosened dress ties, and skirts short enough to shock your abuela. “Dawg my cousin from Mexico had a going away Rebelde party,” @EseGueyBeto captioned his Tweet.  “I just know Mexican Twitter is here for this”. And boy, was he right. 

@EseGueyBeto followed up his Tweet with another video of the party-goers group singing “Sálvame” while waving sparklers in the air. “The answer is yes,” @EseGueyBeto said. “They did play sálvame at the end of the night”. As he also eloquently put it, everyone was ready to create a “whole ass fire hazard” in order to “be on their feels for sálvame”. Can we blame them? That definitely looks like a party we would have loved to be invited to. 

Currently, @EseGueyBeto’s tweet has racked up over 23,000 retweets and almost 80,000 likes.

Latinos flocked to the Tweet to express their admiration for the theme party. One glance at the thread shows that the video has sparked quite a few people’s imaginations — people were planning on stealing the idea for everything from quinceañera themes to Halloween costumes. The tweet reignited peoples’ interest in the rousing discography of RBD and brought a much-need dose of nostalgia to Latinos who came of age in the early 2000s. 

On @EseGueyBeto’s Twitter thread, “Rebelde” fans from all over the world are coming together to reminisce about the good-old-days, sharing their memories from 2004 and revealing how much they loved the show in their youth. It seems that the great uniter amongst Latinx countries is actually the love for “Rebelde” (the Spanish language is a close second). 

The Twitter thread seemed to reanimate RBD’s dormant fandom, and people responded to the Tweet with unparalleled enthusiasm. 

It seems that the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is ultimately true. We don’t know if the desire to attend a “Rebelde”-themed party would’ve been as strong among Latinxs back in the early 2000s, but it seems as if the passage of time has made the show a hot commodity. Back in the day, many Latinxs thought of “Rebelde” as a silly telenovela without much substance. Now, people idolize the show because it reminds them of simpler times.

This Latino made it clear that @EseGueyBeto’s tweet inspired him to throw his own party.

We have a feeling that we’re going to be seeing a lot more “Rebelde”-themed parties on the internet from now on. 

This Latina was filled with Mexican Pride at seeing a bunch of people dressed in Elite Way school uniforms.

If this doesn’t make you proud of your heritage, we don’t know what would.

This Latina was impressed by the realism of the party-goers’ outfits.

Back in the day, that forehead star was the epitome of cool. Now, our feelings are a little bit more mixed on that particular fashion statement.

This Latina explained that “Rebelde”-love was not just reserved for Mexicans.

Even though “Rebelde” was actually a remake of an Argentinian show for Mexican audiences, its appeal was widespread across Latinidad. And let’s be honest: soapy teen dramas are a universal guilty pleasure. 

As for us, we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out on social media for the inevitable “Rebelde”-themed parties that will be sweeping the nation in the next coming months. Here’s to hoping that we’ll be attending some of our own!

Your Zodiac Sign Says If You Were A Telenovela Star You Would Be…

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Your Zodiac Sign Says If You Were A Telenovela Star You Would Be…

Telenovelas are funny things. We make fun of our moms, hell and even dads, for being so addicted to these melodramatic storylines but we can help but binge them ourselves. However, we admit that they don’t make telenovelas like they used to. If we had to pick a golden era of telenovelas we would say it is between the 90s and mid-2000s. The lead characters were classic beauties with strong personalities that we identified with — especially when they stood for building their squads over arranged relationships. Here’s what telenovela lead you are most like according to the stars and moons that align with your horoscope sign.

Aries

You are a rebel at heart. Te vale lo que piensen los demás because it’s your life to live after all. You are a natural-born leader and you know how to take charge of a team. It makes sense that the telenovela character you are most like is Roberta from “Rebelde.” The RBD singer was constantly pressured by her mom to get into a relationship with Diego who wasn’t exactly the best match for her. Like yourself, Roberta always stood up for herself and her squad and that’s what your friends love most about you.

Taurus

You are a giver who has a heart of gold. People tend to judge you by your cover, whether it’s by your physical looks or your introverted personality. Once people get to know you, they are immediately attracted to you and cannot get enough of you. You are most like Betty from “Betty La Fea” because of your FIERCE determination to succeed and selfless heart.

Gemini

Geminis have a bad rap. They’re often frowned upon for having a double personality but Geminis know that you are multi-faceted. You know how to code-switch based on your environment and that always gives you a leg up. This is why you are most like María from “María la del Barrio.” She never let insults get to her instead, she hustled her way to the top and was able to overcome even the most ruthless villains, Soraya. No matter what hurdles come your way you are able to conquer it all.

Cancer

Cancer, you are such a powerful sign you don’t only take one character, you take the entire “Amigas y Rivales” crew. Like these ladies, you are invested in self-care and you love to be in personal sanctuaries. Usually, these safe spaces are in the presence of your homegirls who have your back no matter what. You would be lost without your girls and they wouldn’t be the same without you. They are blessed to have you in their circle.

Leo

Rubí has to be the FIERCEst telenovela character of them all. Like you, Leo, Rubí always strived to do better. You never settle and always work your hardest to get to the top. Aside from your ambitious qualities, you are also known for your charming persona that attracts everyone around you. One other thing that no one can deny is your beauty and how well you rock a bold, red lip.

Virgo

Virgo, you are known for being cool and disciplined. You know how to use your intelligence to get through difficult situations and that’s why you are very much like the smart kids of “Clase 406.” As smart as you are, you also don’t take yourself too seriously. You know how to use the other side of your brain and enjoy a good time with your besties.

Libra

“Marimar” is a classic because she was loved by many as you are. You are both very free in spirit and always look out for your loved ones. Both of you have been misunderstood at times and even treated unfairly but you always stand up for what’s right y no te dejas. People always know that they can lean on you for support and that is a very unique quality that is not found in many. You are a special one, Libra.

Scorpio

You are a savage one, Scorpio. You go to great lengths to get what you want and sometimes that intimidates other people. If you don’t stand up for yourself, who will? That’s why you are most like Paola and Paulina Bracho of “La Usurpadora.” You always come up with a killer masterplan to tackle any problem that gets in the way of your goal.

Sagittarius

You are a big-time dreamer and that’s why it makes sense that your telenovela sign is the “Soñadoras” squad. Like any young adult you are struggling with parents not understanding you, complications at work and your significant other being a pain sometimes. However, you can’t help but dream up scenarios where you see yourself thriving. This is what makes you such a pleasure to be around — you never let things get to you, you always look past your obstacles and imagine ways to get past them. What makes you most like the “Soñadoras” is that you are an intellect.

Capricorn

They say, “esa hembra es mala” but we say they just don’t understand that being ambitious doesn’t always make you a bad person. This is why you are most like Teresa. Your persistent traits lead people to believe that all you care about is yourself and your finances, but much like Teresa you know very well that you look after your loved ones. Ambition aside, people in your circle know that when you love, you love hard and this includes your family, friends as much as your significant other.

Aquarius

You are known for being a big thinker, much like “El Clón.” You are independent and mysterious, so it takes a while before people get to understand who you really are. Although you are introverted you are friendly and you enjoy being in a light-hearted environment. Like “El Clón” your heart is torn at the moment but trust, you will find your way. You are loyal and those who you trust most will guide you on the right path.

Pisces

Pisces, you have learned a ton from your mistakes. You have been through friends who have betrayed you, painful relationships with significant others and not the best time at work. However, what they say about building strength through your tribulations is true. That’s why you are most like the favorite “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.” You’ve been through it all and through your journey, you have matured into someone who knows how to make better judgment even when you face a fork in the road. You’re maturing and your glo up is something beautiful to witness.