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Get Down with Your Brown Self

Credit: Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

“It became more obvious to me that I was not pretty.” That’s what self-proclaimed mujerista, Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez, shares in her blog post for the Huffington Post, “Growing up as a Brown Girl: Aesthetics.”

This Managua-born’s post is laden with ‘Me too!’ types of sentiments. Like watching TV with abuelita, we also noticed the protagonists of telenovelas such as Carita de Angel and Juego de la Vida all looked the same with light skin and colored eyes.

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Rodriguez didn’t love her hairy knuckles, wider-set nose or eyebrows that “have their own personality and thicker than any one I know.” Did we like ours?

Her comment about relating to Pocahontas and Jasmine because they were the only brown-skin princesses is #onpoint.


She explores what it means to grow up brown in a society that praises conventionally European aesthetics and beauty, finally coming to a triumphant realization, “My brownness is beautiful, and not like those Latina actresses I saw on TV who were pretty and brown. I am beautiful because I am brown.” #PreachGirl

Read her entire post here.

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Traditional Latina Beauty Trends That Have Gone Mainstream And Been Appropriated


Traditional Latina Beauty Trends That Have Gone Mainstream And Been Appropriated

If there’s anything that the debate over cultural appropriation has taught us in the past few years, it’s that oftentimes the mainstream likes to pick and choose what they deem “cool” from a culture they’ve traditionally shunned and claim ownership of it. One could argue that this phenomenon has disproportionately affected Latina beauty trends.

Sure, some of these beauty trends don’t exclusively “belong” to Latinx cultures, but others were born and raised in Latinx countries. So, without further ado, let’s run down the list of traditionally Latina beauty trends that have gone mainstream (whether we like it or not).

1. Baby Hairs

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Although there have been countless articles and think-pieces bemoaning the appropriation of baby hairs, it’s worth repeating here. It’s frustrating that something that has been so traditionally maligned by white America has suddenly shown up on every runway and editorial magazine spread. Although we’re loving this trend because it celebrates something that has been so much a part of Latinx beauty cultures for decades, we can’t help but feel annoyed as well. We guess this trend just needed a Vogue stamp of approval to know what we’ve known all along: slicked down baby hairs are fierce AF.

2. Over-lined Lips

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We put this one squarely on the shoulders of Kylie Jenner. Latinas have been overlining their lips decades before Jenner swooped in. Believe us when we say she didn’t discover MAC’s “Spice” lipliner. We have explicit memories of our mothers applying lip liner in front of the mirror with care before a big night. Like many other Latina beauty trends, there seems to be a general consensus that bigger is better. Which brings us to…

21 Beauty Products Our Latina Moms Forced On Us In The ’90s


21 Beauty Products Our Latina Moms Forced On Us In The ’90s

Isn’t it so nice to have a couple decades between the range of embarrassing to horrifying things our Latina moms forced on us as kids? Whenever our white friends told us to just speak up for ourselves, that we’re old enough to “Just say ‘No’,” it was a terrifying thought.

Burn your blue eyeshadow, fishtail braided prom photos and just enjoy this blast from the past.

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