It’s hard to believe that it has been over nine years since the last episode of Rebelde aired and six years since RBD, the real life musical group born of the telenovela, disbanded. Tragic, we know ?. So what’s the crew up to now?
Since playing Roberta Pardo, Dulce María continued singing and acting. She signed with Universal Music in 2009 and has released two solo albums. She’s kept her acting chops by staring in both telenovelas and feature films like Mujeres Asesinas and Mentir Para Vivir.
After Rebelde and RBD, Uckermann starred in the television show Kdabra, released the album Somos in 2010 and scared fans when he was in a motorcycle accident in 2014. Thankfully he and his face are fine.
No shrinking violet, Anahí launched a solo singing career and continues to act. Oh, and she married the Manuel Velasco Coello, the governor of Chiapas this year so you know she’s kinda busy as the (fashionable) first lady of the Mexican state.
Right away you will notice that his hair is a tad toned down than during his Rebelde days. He’s released two albums: Almas Trasparentes and Esencial since leaving RBD and has appeared in a couple of reality shows as well. Also, in 2013 he faked his own death on Twitter…not really sure what that was about.
Let’s be honest, we thought Anahí would become the next Thalía, but Perroni has been kicking ass and takin’ names since leaving RBD. She’s been en un friego de telenovelas, including lead roles alongside hottie William Levy, and she’s killing it as a singer with hits like “A Querer Volver.”
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We’re all doomed and this won’t be the death stroke. Just relax and settle into looking old now, while you can, before the apocalypse precludes that.
And the icing on the cake are these 13 LAtino celebrities who either took the FaceApp challenge or we did it for them.
1. J Balvin
Well this is just unfortunate. Sure the photo being in black and white probably doesn’t help much but OMG this is probably the worst of the FaceApp photos I’ve seen so far. Thankfully, he’s still an amazing musician and though his looks may fade he’ll always have that.
Ok…#swoon. Maluma baby is giving me full on zaddy vibes and I don’t care if he’s sixty years old I want this man now and forever.
3. Becky G
Looking fierce as ever.
4. Luis Fonsi
Right…so here’s the thing. Luis is already a good looking guy. I mean look at that hunk of a man. Goergeous. Those arms. And if Luis Fonsi has those same arms at 50 or 60 then I’m totally on-board with old Luis.
Shakira looks like a timeless beauty in this photo and we know that age will be good to her as she gets older.
6. Cardi B
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Cardi B predicted this is how she’ll probably look at 80. I mean if that’s Cardi at 80…science must have found a fix for aging.
7. Daddy Yankee
Maybe we need to start calling him Daddy Yankee the Sugar Daddy…?
8. Mario Lopez
Mario Lopez proves he’ll never be too old for those AC Slater vibes.
9. Camila Cabello
I feel like Camila will definitely have a future in telenovelas as the villain.
10. Natti Natasha
Natti is kind of giving me Demi Moore vibes and I’m totally her for it.
11. Don Omar
Ayyyñ Don Omar…pobrecito. Ageing does not look like it will be kind to you.
12. Ricky Martin
Again, absolute pure zaddy vibes. 100%. Ricky Martin is already a total DILF but this FaceApp takes it to the next level.
13. Demi Lovato
Ok…so Demi Lovato just doesn’t age at all? What gives? Fierce and as beautiful as ever.
Even though Marvel and DC Comics superhero comics are obviously very popular in Latin America (as they are in the rest of the world), the region has developed its own comic book industry. This industry has given birth to iconic characters. These characters and stories speak directly to Latin American reality and identity. They deal with challenges such as economic crisis, class division, racism, and State repression. Of course, they do this in an often funny way. Other comics have achieved cult status even if their quality is, well, not of the highest standards. These are ten titles that speak of the depth and breathe of Latin American creativity.
Title: Condorito Country of origin: Chile So when was it first published? It has been published since 1949 Created by: René Ríos, known as Pepo
The adventures of a Chilean condor that lives among humans is told in short vignettes that always end with a character passing out and the iconic word PLOP. Simple stories deal, however, with issues such as unemployment, the military dictatorship in Chile and class division. Condorito is a working-class everyman who faces class discrimination. Before Pinochet took power the comic was a bit conservative, mocking hippies and left-wing politicians, but after the coup, it changed and silently denounced the dictatorship. A 3D animated movie was released in 2017, with iconic characters such as Cabeza de Huevo, Garganta de Lata and Pepe Cortisona.
Title: La familia Burrón Country of origin: Mexico So when was it first published? 1948 Created by: Gabriel Vargas
It was published for 60 years and told half a million copies, a huge number by Mexican publishing standards. Cuevas got into the hearts and minds of a lower-class Mexico City family. It is a linguistic jewel: it used slang, Prehispanic words and invented words that appealed to the creativity of chilango vernacular. Vargas’s main influence was American comics, but he soon developed a style that was unique and influences generations of Latin American comic book artists.
And this family is a true icon of Mexico City
Up until today, this family is venerated by Mexicans. There are multiple murals, toys and museum exhibitions dedicated to the Burrones. A true representation of 20th century Mexican idiosyncrasy.
Title: Las aventuras de Capulina Country of origin: Mexico So when was it first published? 1970s Created by: Oscar González Guerrero on a character created by Gaspar Henaine Pérez
Gaspar Henaine Pérez, better known as Capulina, was a comedian that became iconic on the 1970s and 1980s. He had a television show and a very successful duo with Marco Antonio Campos, better known as Viruta. The character of Capulina gained huge popularity in a comic book series with stories by comic artist Oscar González Guerrero and art by his son Oscar Gonzalez Loyo.
Title: El libro vaquero Country of origin: Mexico So when was it first published? 1978 Created by: Mario de la Torre Barrón, c
A classic of Mexican kitsch! NSFW content that has plenty of blood and plenty of sex. It was considered mass entertainment for the lower classes but is now being reinterpreted as an important cultural icon that deals with gender, sex and national identity. As the title suggests, it all happens in a microcosm of cowboys and saloons. This comic book has enrolled some famous writers, such as Jordi Soler, to write stories, as it is now a cultural icon, popular among hipsters.
Title: Memín Pinguín (yes, this one is quite problematic) Country of origin: Mexico So when was it first published? 1962-2010 Created by: Yolanda Vargas Dulché.
First things first: this is a very controversial title because of how the Afro-Mexican main character is drawn, and because of the ways in which other characters refer to him. There are plenty of stereotypes here, but also a denouncement of racism. The class division in Mexico is also referred to when a rich student is enrolled in a public school and faces the wrath of the proletariat. An interesting object of study that makes us think of how representations of race that might have been seen as innocent at the time gain new dimensions as the effects of stereotypes are better understood.
Title: Kaliman Country of origin: Mexico So when was it first published? 1965 (previously a radio show from 1963) Created by: Modesto Vázquez González (radio show), Hector González Dueñas (Víctor Fox) y Clemente Uribe Ugarte (comic book)
During the 1960s Mexico was a cultural powerhouse in the continent and Kaliman is good proof of this. The superhero was originally just a voice on the radio, but then became a comic book that was published for 26 uninterrupted years, which spanned 1351 issues. Kaliman is a superhero of unknown origin who was raised in India and fights alongside an Egyptian kid named Solin. Kaliman practices multiple martial arts and goes to mystical places like Tibet! A true transnational creation generated in Latin America
Title: Mafalda (but of course we couldn’t possibly forget her!) Country of origin: Argentina So when was it first published? 1964-1973 Created by: Quino
More of a comic strip rather than a comic book, Mafalda is a young girl who hates soup, loves her family and despairs at the state of the world. Argentina’s answer to Charlie Brown and the Peanuts series is a funny, nostalgic and thought-provoking universe in which childhood’s point of view reveals the idiocy of the adult world. Mafalda is a symbol of pacifism and a true icon of Argentina.
Title: Love and Rockets Country of origin: United States So when was it first published? 1981 Created by:the Hernandez brothers: Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario.
Perhaps the most daring and iconic comic book to come out of the Latino community in the United States. This universe of interrelated storylines have traits that make it uniquely Latino: some stories take place in the Central American fictional village of Palomar, while others have magical realism elements. The Locas series focuses on Maggie and Hopey, one of the first queer couples in the American comic book tradition.
Title: Turey El Taíno Country of origin: Puerto Rico So when was it first published? 1989 Created by: Ricardo Álvarez-Rivón
A unique comic book in that it shows how an indigenous community, the Tainos of what is now Puerto Rico, lived before colonization by the Spanish. It shows the cultural richness of the island in pre-Columbus days and brings back indigenous words and tools. A real standout!
Title: Elpidio Valdés Country of origin: Cuba So when was it first published? 1970 Created by: Juan Padrón
A true Cuban classic and perhaps the most famous comic book to come out of the island. In a truly nationalistic spirit (some might argue that these comic books are in fact propaganda), the story takes place in the nineteenth-century war of independence that Cubans waged against Spain. Elpidio Valdés is a multiplatform narrative, as there are movies and cartoons about this historical character.
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