She’s saying “Buh-bye!” to haters. Growing up, actress and singer Hayley Orrantia was constantly told she didn’t look Latina enough because of her light-colored skin. Insecurities of not belonging to her beloved culture were compounded by the fact she didn’t speak Spanish.
She hated this. You see, Orrantia is a PROUD Latina. She is orgullosa of her Mexican roots: always checking off the ‘Hispanic’ box on school documents, enthusiastically taking in stories about her great-grandparents from Chihuahua, Mexico, and telling people she is Hispanic every chance she gets.
Orrantia recounts her insecurity of being labeled “not Latina enough” in her Huffington Post blog post, ‘You’re Not Latina!’ She ultimately found her confidence after translating her popular song “Until Then,” into the Spanish version, “Hasta Verte”, which received positive reviews.
Orrantia writes, “Today, I push myself to learn more Spanish because I truly want to speak fluently. […] I live for every Christmas spent with my grandparents where we make our traditional tamales. I cherish my uniquely complicated last name and I will continue to check the box ‘Hispanic’.”
Latin music is clearly having a moment and it is a lasting moment. That is just a fact and the numbers how that. One of the most iconic moments of 2020, and one of the few pre-Covid moments, was J.Lo and Shakira’s Super Bowl half time show. This obviously led to a lot of searches on Google for…Shakira.
Shakira is the most searched artist of 2020 on Google.
The Colombian singer had a strong start to 2020 with her Super Bowl performance with J.Lo. The show got a lot of people’s attention as people were stunned to see Latinas owning the stage. The FCC received thousands of calls complaining that the performance was overly sexual.
The kind of attention brought a lot of recognition to Shakira. We were then treated to months of behind the scene moments and learning what the two superstars talked about pre-show.
This isn’t the first time that Shakira has been at the top of Google searches.
Shakira was more Googled this year than August Alsina, Adele, Doja Cat, and Grimes, who made up the rest of the top 5. This year saw some very specific searches because of Covid and it seems likely that Shakira’s popularity is tied to the Super Bowl performance. It was the only big event the U.S. was able to enjoy before the pandemic shut down the nation. With no federal response, the U.S. has been paused since March so that performance is the last moment of entertainment so many of us remember.
Way to go, Shakira.
You have been rocking our ears for years. There hasn’t been a year that we haven’t been dancing to Shakira’s words whether they are in English or Spanish. From “Ciega, Sordomuda” to “Whenever, Wherever” to “La Bicicleta,” we love to enjoy Shakira’s music.
Just for fun, let’s enjoy a moment of Shakira and J.Lo’s Super Bowl show.
There were so many moments during this show that are everything to us. We got to see Puerto Rican pride and intense booty shaking that only Shakira and J.Lo could do. It was a good moment leading into the world we are all living in today.
Who needs TV when you have infamous the Naomi Campbell/Tyra Banks feud?
On Tuesday, Naomi Campbell shared an eyebrow-raising article with her 9.8 million followers on her Instagram stories. The article, entitled “Here’s Why Fans Are Starting To Think Tyra Banks Is The Real Mean Girl, Not Naomi Campbell”, came with the caption: “The woe-is-me Tyra narrative has definitely worn off.” It laid out an argument that Tyra Banks is the true villain of the two’s decades-long feud.
As a refresher, Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell have had an intense personal and professional feud that has lasted for years.
Banks has long spoken about the fraught relationship, telling pretty much anyone who would listen that Campbell tried to torpedoe her career before it ever really got off the ground.
“It wasn’t a rivalry, and I’m very sensitive to that word because a rivalry is with two equals to me, whereas one was very dominant,” she said. “She was a supermodel, and I was just this new girl that had got on a plane from Paris and was studying fashion and magazines.”
She then added: “As much as I was booking fashion shows, people didn’t know I was going home at night crying my eyes out because the woman I was looking up to seemed like she just didn’t want me to be there and was doing everything in her power to make me go away,”
Although the media has always portrayed Banks as the more angelic of the two supermodels, the tide has recently turned.
Banks has gotten heat lately after as savvy viewers have revisited old “America’s Next Top Model” episodes that have become available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
Banks, who served as an executive producer and overall brainchild of the show for 24 seasons, was allegedly behind many problematic photoshoots and wildly inappropriate behavior towards newbie models.
Some photoshoots included blackface, putting them in dangerous situations, and pressuring them to pose nude. There were also a few instances where she gaslit contestants, shamed them for being gay, pressured them into permanently altering their appearance, and eliminated them for gaining weight.
Now, people are starting to re-consider the idea that Campbell was the only one to be blamed for the feud.
There are two sides to every story, after all.
This person has a theory as to why Tyra is the *true* mean girl.
It’s definitely true that Naomi has never tried to hide her diva behavior, while Tyra has always peddled the narrative that she’s America’s sweetheart and a friend and mentor to up-and-coming models.
This person made an on-point observation about how long this feud has been going on.