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Some Paint Her As A Beauty Guru, But Very Few Know She Served For Our Country

Dulce Candy went from being bullied by her sergeants in the army to doing a fierce hairlip and becoming one of the baddest Latinas on Instagram. Yep, she’s fierce AF and here’s why…

Millions look up to this Latina.

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From fashion and beauty tips, to precious moments with her husband and son or learning about her life journey, everybody wants to know what Dulce Candy is up to, and she’s not afraid to share. Dulce Candy posts unabashedly about her life across social media.

So she’s honest about her struggle with depression and suicide.

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No secrets here. Dulce candy suffered from depression in high school, which led to several suicide attempts over a boy. For many years she battled against her insecurities and lack of confidence: she felt rejected, unwanted and unattractive. It took time, but she was able to defeat her inner demons. She shares this journey to let others know they are not alone.

Until she found her self-confidence in the unlikeliest of places, Carl’s Jr.

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It’s very hard to believe, but this beautiful Latina was not always confident. For many years she “faked it.” At 16, it all changed. While working at her first job, as a cashier for Carl’s Jr., she started finding her own voice among her co-workers and realizing how powerful it was.

Part of her confidence comes from being proud about where she came from.

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At the age of six, Dulce Candy immigrated from Mexico with her mother and three sisters in search of the American Dream.

She’s also a proud American and served for our country.

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Dulce Candy had a drill sergeant that changed her life and whipped her “wild side” into shape. But not all was picture perfect… At 18, another sergeant made her life miserable because of her looks: he thought Dulce was looking for special treatment because she was “good-looking.” This took a big toll during the 15 months she was in his unit and, once again, messed with her confidence. Evntually, she was able to put that dark time behind her.

In the second unlikeliest of places, she found her calling.

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Dulce Candy started vlogging while in the Army, right after she got back from Iraq. Being in uniform for 15 months, 24/7, inspired her to share with the world her fashion style. She even came up with two military-approved hairstyles in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Luckily, her parents gave her a great name, Dulce.

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To be fierce like Beyoncé or Madonna you need to have a cool name and, as Jeb Bush said, Dulce Candy is a pretty cool name. Especially because it’s not fake and that’s actually what her parents named her.

As a vlogger, Dulce Candy shares everything with her audience, even her plastic surgeries.

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Dulce has had two procedures done: breast enhancement and rhinoplasty… and guess what? She’s not afraid to talk about them. By discussing her experiences publicly, she hopes to help young girls that are going through the same things she did.

She also champions for people to see their inner beauty.

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What actually makes her fierce is the way she cultivates her inner beauty by sharing messages filled with positivism and light. That’s how she has connected with so many young Latinas out there… As an “influencer,” as she calls herself.

And uses her voice to help others…

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We all heard her question during the Fox News Republican debate challenging some negative GOP remarks about immigration. Dulce Candy has proven to be a fierce advocate and leader within expats that deserve the same respect and treatment as natural-born citizens… Mic drop.

Because her fans come first.

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This lady is a famous vlogger, the CEO of Dulce Candy, Inc., has appeared as a “Beauty Smartie” in Seventeen Magazine and even wrote a book, “The Sweet Life.” Even with that hectic schedule, Dulce dedicates most of her time to answering questions from her followers and using Instagram to post pictures her fans really want to see.

So duh, celebs like Jessica Alba, JLo and Eva Mendez are fans.

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When asked who is her Hollywood beauty crush, Dulce Candy new exactly what to answer: Jessica Alba. She loves the actress’s different trends and how she personalizes them. And this vlogger is the living true that dreams come true because Jessica Alba is one of her followers on Instagram.

Yup, she’s living the dream.

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Cardi B Just Created An Instagram Account For Kulture And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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Cardi B Just Created An Instagram Account For Kulture And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

There’s a new influencer in town and her name is Kulture Kiari. 

On Saturday, Cardi B posted a photo of 2-year-old Kulture to her Instagram page, writing: “Follow @KultureKiari new IG…So much cool cute baby stuff coming up.”

The Instagram page Cardi was linking to was a brand new page dedicated to the chart-topping rapper’s daughter, Kulture.

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So far, the page has only thirteen photos posted, but has already racked up over 700,000 followers–and counting. 

A few of the pictures show Kulture in peak-cute form, wearing an adorable plaid skirt and pink cardigan. She also has a big white bow fixed on top of her head. 

The rest of the photos range from Kulture swimming in a pool to experimenting with Snapchat filters. All of the pictures have captions written in first-person, like “I look like mommy here” and “My mom was annoying me but it’s ok cause I look cute.”

The Instagram account even has some #TBT photos of when culture was a baby–one notably cute one where she’s trying mashed potatoes for the first time. 

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Naturally, Cardi’s fans are eating up all the extra Kulture content, writing comments like “Kulture is looking all cute” and “She is so freaking beautiful”.

Commenters couldn’t help but exclaim over Kulture’s fashionable outfits, accessories and hairstyles. 

In the past, Cardi has defended her decision to dress Kulture in expensive designer clothing, saying that her child is in the public eye and deserves to be dressed as well as she is.

“If I’m fly and Daddy’s fly, then so is the kid. If I’m wearing Cha-nay-nay, my kid’s having the same, you know what I’m saying,” she said on Instagram. “Because if I was looking like a bad b**ch, expensive b**ch and I have my kid looking like a bum bum, then y’all would be talking s**t.”

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Kulture’s new Instagram page comes just days after Cardi B filed for divorce from husband of three years, Offset.

While she has largely stayed mum on the topic, she recently broke her silence via Instagram, explaining the reason behind the divorce. Cardi said she was simply “tired of the arguments” and that her and Offset “grew apart”. She also added that she “hasn’t shed one tear” over the dissolution of her marriage.

Interestingly enough, Offset has previously been candid about his desire for Kulture to stay out of the public eye and lead a relatively normal life. “I want my kids to be kids. I don’t like them having Instagram, I don’t want to move to LA, so there won’t be cameras in their face,” he told The Breakfast Club in 2019. “I keep my kids in public school, I don’t want my kid to be spoiled.”

Cardi, it looks like, has other plans.

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‘Vintage Latinas’ Is Hyping Up WOC Entertainers Often Forgotten By Media

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‘Vintage Latinas’ Is Hyping Up WOC Entertainers Often Forgotten By Media

Amid a life-threatening pandemic, political upheaval and a dawning economic crisis, the future can feel frighteningly uncertain. We’ve all been coping in our own ways: from practicing meditation to trying out new recipes to starting creative projects. For me, joy has come in the form of history. Learning about women, particularly Latinas, who entertained audiences on the silver screen or at cabarets, fought for their countries and communities, and created beauty and fashion trends has brought me bliss at a time when I couldn’t even imagine happiness as a possibility. Realizing how healing the stories of our foremothers have been for me, I decided to create Vintage Latinas, an Instagram account dedicated to the Latina and Latin American women and femmes of yesterday.

Through the online community, I post daily photos and videos of women from the 1900s up until the early 2000s. I accompany each image with a lengthy caption that either introduces followers to former stars they’ve never heard of or shares little-known facts and stories about popular icons. Highlighting women and femmes across Latin America, the Spanish Caribbean and the U.S., the page is sprinkled with popular faces like Celia Cruz, Rita Moreno, Frida Kahlo and Bianca Jagger as well as radiant figures who aren’t as celebrated in popular media today like María Montez, Rosa Luna, Maribel Arrieta and Ajita Wilson. My goal is to commemorate the beauty, style, talent, brilliance and power of these women. To do so, I spotlight everyone from actresses, singers, dancers, models and showgirls to artists, designers, beauty queens, party czars, activists and trendsetters. 

It’s not surprising to me that at a time when I have limited control over the unpredictable future I decided to turn my attention to the past. A lover of history, I often find refuge in the narratives of people from yesterday who fought against powerful people, systems and countries to create change for their communities. This was no different. After losing my job in March and being locked up in quarantine for the months that followed, my mental and spiritual health took hard blows. While addressing the issues I was experiencing and developing a wellness routine, I decided to delve into literature about Julia de Burgos, Lolita Lebrón, Blanca Canales, Iris Morales and Denise Oliver-Velez — some of the Puerto Rican nationalists and revolutionaries I hold dear to my heart.

But unlike my experiences in the past, while rereading these works I began imagining the periods in which these women lived — the early- and mid-twentieth century — outside the political and social battles they were fighting.

Immediately, I found myself researching artists and actresses my heroines might have listened to and admired, expanding my interest in these eras beyond struggle and protests.

Soon, guarachas and boleros from artists like Myrta Silva, Carmen Delia Dipini, Lucecita Benitez and Toña la Negra were booming from my speakers more than my favorite reggaetoneros. I was spending my weekends happy that I was forced to stay home because that gave me the chance to search and watch Old Hollywood classics. Obsessed with the makeup and style of the women I was watching, I started repurposing the clothes in my closet to look like outfits inspired by some of my ‘60s and ‘70s fashion inspirations, like Lola Falana, Raquel Welch and Tina Aumont.

I was balancing news of a scary future with the stories and aesthetics of erstwhile powerful Latinas who resisted, lived and loved during similarly turbulent times.

When I started Vintage Latinas a month ago, I simply wanted to create a space where I could honor all the women who were positively influencing my life. For me, it was a hobby, something fun and joyful to do between freelance writing gigs and trying to land a full-time job amid a pandemic. But within days, the page grew into something more. Very quickly, people began following Vintage Latinas, commenting on the posts and sharing the content with their audiences. They even encouraged others to follow the page and called it their favorite account on Instagram. I knew that the dynamic personalities and enduring influence of these sensational women were as healing — or at least as captivating — to others as they were to me. By week one, the page went from a personal hobby to a creative project and online community where people from all over the world are remembering and discovering our Latina and Latin American heroines. 

As I embark on Vintage Latinas’ second month, I have several exciting plans I will begin executing. In addition to my daily posts about historic stars, I’ll be utilizing original and user-generated content to create a browsing experience I hope will excite followers. I’ll be creating activities, like trivia-style quizzes, polls and “Finish the Lyrics” games, featuring vintage images of the everyday matriarchs of the community and conducting interviews through Instagram Live with historians and modern-day Latinas who dress in vintage and pinup, among several other undertakings.

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Puerto Rican singer and politician Ruth Fernández is considered one of the most powerful women and barrier-breakers in Puerto Rican history. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1919, Fernández began singing publicly as a teenager, performing at age 14 on local radio stations for 50 cents a day. Heard by Mingo, a famous bandleader, she was invited to join the group in 1940, becoming the first woman to sing in a Puerto Rican orchestra. Performing in nightclubs, dances and casinos, Fernández became a star on the archipelago. However, celebrity didn't save her from experiencing anti-blackness. In 1944 when her band was contracted to perform at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel for a benefit concert for the American Red Cross, she was told she had to enter the building through the kitchen door because of the color of her skin. But on the day of the show, Fernández ignored the racist protocol and entered through the main entrance. When asked years later about that night, she responded: "Me llamaron negra. ¿Negra? ¿Y qué?" From then on, she began referring to herself as "La Negra de Ponce." In 1972, Fernández was elected to Puerto Rico's Senate, representing the district of Ponce as a member of the Partido Popular Democrático de Puerto Rico until 1980. As a legislator, she sought reforms and better working conditions for artists and also considered the needs of Puerto Ricans living in the contiguous U.S. In her honor, a tenement in the Bronx — the Ruth Fernández Apartments — is named after her. Fernández has received awards from several countries in Latin America, while many cities in the U.S. — including Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles — have official "Ruth Fernández Days." She passed away in 2012 of a septic shock and pneumonia at the age of 92. Here she performs "Soy la que soy" in the 1960s. #ruthfernandez #puertorican #1960s #latinasdeayer #vintagelatina #vintage #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintagebeauty #retrostyle #blackbeauty #blackvintage

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The stories of our foremothers, who thrived or continued luchando despite racist systems, colonialism and state-instituted violence, are inspiring and must be preserved. Through Vintage Latinas, I aim to ensure their vibrant lives and contributions to culture and social justice aren’t forgotten. Instead, I want our barrier-breaking predecessors to be celebrated, and I hope you’ll join me in this digital rave that is equal parts history, culture, glam and community. 

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