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Misconceptions Everyone (And Their Mami) Has About Colombian Chicas

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As if it wasn’t enough having to deal with the cocaine-addict stereotype that haunts every Colombian, there are some specific misconceptions that particularly affect us Colombian chicas. Which of these are you guilty of thinking, and you now. Can you not?

1. That we’re all operadas.

PLASTIC

Sure, Colombia has some of the top plastic surgeons in all of Latin America. Your point? Some Colombians do have plastic surgery, some don’t — just like everyone else!

2. That we’re all wanna-be-Shakis!

SHAKIRA

Just because Shakira and Juanes are super famous doesn’t mean every colombiana likes them. We listen to all kinds of music!

3. That we’re “sluts.”

SLUT

Gender shame much?! Look, there’s nothing wrong with sleeping with whomever you want as long as you’re both consenting adults, but let’s not pretend like colombianas or Latinas in general do it MORE than anyone else. We just have to deal with different cultural expectations about it! Colombians are NOT big flirts; we just like being nice to people. Try it sometime.

4. We all sound like we could star in “El Cartel.”

PAISA

Netflix’s got everyone hooked on Pablo Escobar’s story. Good for them. But it doesn’t represent all Colombians, and definitely not all colombianas, and that includes the accents on the show. Like any other place, we have a whole variety of accents!

5. That we don’t leave the house without plastering our faces with makeup first.

MAKEUP

There’s nothing wrong with makeup, of course, but we don’t ALL wear it. Shakira, Lili Saumet and Goyo are clear examples of beauties who don’t wear a whole lot of it. Don’t hate Colombians just because we’re bellas. 😉

6. That we’re all gold diggers.

GOLD DIGGER

Money is not the only thing that matters. Besides, colombianas are hardworking and independent, so we can make our own money, thankyouverymuch.

7. That we’re all “gasolineras.”

GASOLINERA

Who doesn’t appreciate a super fly car? That doesn’t mean Colombians would look down at you for not driving the latest model. Having preconceived ideas about her, on the other hand…

8. That we’re all party beasts.

PARTY BEAST

Let’s set the record straight: Many Colombians are great dancers and enjoy spending time with their loves ones, true. But we also have businesses to run, families to tend to and a world to take over. None has time to just party.

9. That we’re all sex machines.

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Get your a** off that porn fantasy horse, de inmediato. Colombian women are diverse. Sure, some colombianas appreciate sex more than others, just like anyone else. But you know what they definitely don’t appreciate? Being perceived as sexual objects.


READ: Reasons Why #GrowingUpColombian Is F-cking Awesome

What other stereotypes about colombianas are you sick and tired of hearing? Let’s vent.

Watch This Blind 2-Year-Old See Her Mom For the First Time

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Watch This Blind 2-Year-Old See Her Mom For the First Time

This 2-year-old blind girl finally saw her mother for the first time <3 (via NowThis)

Posted by Refinery29 on Saturday, July 23, 2016

Watching this baby see her mother for the first time will make you bawl.

Born with a rare condition that caused a blinding build-up of fluid in her eyes, Nicolly Pereira had never seen her mother’s face. Treatment at home in rural Brazil wouldn’t suffice, so Nicolly’s mother, Daiana, posted her story on Facebook. Within days, thousands had shared it and donations came pouring in. They raised $17,000, and soon Nicole was on her way to the U.S. for surgery. Three hours after the surgery started, Nicolly reuinited with her mother. The moment Nicolly saw her mother for the first time is nothing short of amazing. Daiana could not have possibly been happier, “The only word that can be used to describe the feeling is God. My daughter is now free.”

Doctors will continue to monitor her eyes, but with the help of some highly awesome pink glasses, Nicolly will get to know her newly colorful world.

Watch Nicolly see her mother for the first time in her life. Cry. Repeat.


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