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6 Myths Latinas Can’t Live Down Thanks to Stereotypes on TV

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Latina roles in the media haven’t changed since… well, since there were roles for Latinas in the media. Although Latinas are more than deserving of their time on TV, these roles have perpetuated the stereotypes and stigma for the entire Latina population.

The roles that portray us as exotic, hypersexual, voluptuous, ultra-feminine, spanish-speaking or submissive run rampant in the media — think the likes of Sofía Vergara, Roselyn Sanchez and Lupe Ontiveros — and are similar to how Latinas are perceived in real life.

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In her article “6 Harmful Myths About Sex and Latinas,” poet and writer Erika Sanchez says the affects go further than that, “Unfortunately, this pigeon-hole doesn’t only affect the way others perceive us, it also influences the way we view ourselves. Even knowing that these portrayals are ridiculous, some of us may also fall into the trap. The media is that powerful.”

And those established roles leave no room for roles about real Latinas, especially from the LGBT community.

Read more about these long-standing myths from Salon here.

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Move Over Kendall and Cara, These Latinas are Taking Your Modeling Gigs

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Move Over Kendall and Cara, These Latinas are Taking Your Modeling Gigs

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Move over Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner-because Lineisy Montero and Mica Arganaraz are going to steal the show… the Chanel show that is.

Montero, an afro-doning, 19-year-old Dominican, and Arganaraz, a 25-year-old, natural hipster from Argentina, are the new faces who scored Chanel’s Spring 2016 campaign — you know, casually representing Latinas worldwide.

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But you’re wrong if you think these two effortlessly cool-looking ladies are new at this. Montero is fresh off the Prada, Céline, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu catwalk. As for Arganaraz, she just recently walked for Alexander Wang, Lacoste, Altuzarra and Givenchy.

Let’s just say Chanel is just a stepping stone for these gorgeous Latinas. #bringit

Read more about these groundbreakers from Nylon here and check out BTS shots with Mr. Lagerfeld himself here.

Watch Chanel’s Spring 2016 Campaign Video with Your Fav Latina’s Below:

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