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Spot-On Life Lessons I Learned From Shakira

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Her hips don’t lie and neither does she. The Colombian singer has always been as open, straightforward and real as one can be. As a fellow colombiana, I’ve been following Shaki since way before her blond days. Ever since I listened to “Pies Descalzos,” I knew she was onto something, and I’ve learned a thing or two about life from her:

1. You can have a chain of awful relationships and still find the real deal.

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First came a rocky relationship with telenovela superstar Osvaldo Ríos, then former Argentinian president Fernando de la Rúa’s son, Antonio, whose management of Shakira resulted in back-and-forth lawsuits. Briefly after, la barranquillera started dating Barcelona’s niño consentido, Gerard Piqué. Six years and two kids later, they’re still happily together, proving your true love and your first love aren’t necessarily the same.

2. You don’t have to be married to build a life with a partner.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with walking down the aisle, vestida de blanco and getting God to bless your union, if that’s your cup of tea, but it doesn’t have to be everyone’s. Shakira and her bae are not legally married, but have a way more solid partnership than plenty of married folks I know.

3. You can handle career, amor and children like a boss.

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Multiple awards and records over a career that has spanned decades and countries? Check.

A hardworking, independent, reliable man who loves her? Check.

Two beautiful kids? Check.

Any questions?

4. Not everyone who makes money turns into an idiota.

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How many times have you read that Shaki was nasty to a journalist? Nunca. She’s walking proof you can be among the world’s most powerful and wealthy women and still be totally down to earth.

5. Society’s standards don’t get to dictate how you live your life. You do.

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She lives where she likes, dresses how she pleases, handles her relationships how best works for her and her boo, takes her kids everywhere she goes, and does it all with a sweet smile and killer personality. It’s her life, and she’s running it as she pleases, whether others like it or not.

6. You can learn another language whenever, wherever if you set your mind to it.

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It wasn’t until she started recording “Laundry Service” at age 23 that she put herself to the challenge of learning English. A private teacher hired by Emilio Estefan and Gloria Estefan herself got her on track. And now? She speaks a total of FIVE languages.

7. Age ain’t nothing but a number.

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Piqué is 29, Shakira is 10 years older. It’s worked great for them for six years, and I don’t think anyone would dare call her a cougar. A smoking hot couple is what they are!

8. You can move to the other side of the world and still remember where you come from.

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Shakira splits most of her time between Miami and Barcelona. Still, she owns a home in her native Barranquilla. Plus, ever since its founding in 1997, her Pies Descalzos Foundation has provided education to thousands of children in the poorest corners of Colombia.

9. Your passion can become your career.

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Shake wrote her first poem, “La rosa de cristal,” at age 4 and hasn’t stopped writing since. That same year, Shakira, who is also of Lebanese descent, heard her first doumbek, a traditional drum used across the Middle East. Her poetry was eventually turned into song lyrics, and she hasn’t stopped dancing since. She found something she loved to do and worked hard to make it into her way to a fantastic life.

10. There is always room to reinvent yourself.

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Shakira has been curvier, slimmer, brunette, blond, red-haired. She’s sung in Spanish, English and Arabic. She’s acted, danced and performed all over the globe! She’s managed to both stay true to herself and experiment with constant reinvention.

11. Life’s lows can give you great creative inspiration.

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When Shakira was 2, her older half-brother died in a motorcycle accident. Moved by her father’s habit of constantly wearing sunglasses to hide his grief, she wrote her first song, “Tus gafas oscuras.” After her relationship with Oscar Ulloa ended, she wrote and recorded “Antología.” And “Moscas en la casa,” another beautiful and iconic song, was written when she realized her relationship with Osvaldo Ríos was coming to an end.

Shakira proves that pain can become art, and that some of life’s most beautiful moments can come from being open about expressing your grief.


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Here’s Why Sofia Vergara Is The Indisputable Latina Queen Of Hollywood

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Here’s Why Sofia Vergara Is The Indisputable Latina Queen Of Hollywood

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If we think of a Latina that has really crossed over to the Anglo market while keeping her sass intact, then we gotta consider Sofia Vergara, the Colombian bombshell who celebrates her 47th birthday this July 10. Vergara is mostly known to global audiences for her role of Gloria in the now classic sitcom Modern Family, which started airing ten years ago in 2009 (really, has it been that long?!). However, her career is much older than that, and spans modeling for the Latin American market and acting in Spanish-speaking telenovelas and TV shows. Here’s what you need to know about the highest paid Latina actress of all time (it is really profitable to be the star of a sensation like Modern Family).

Her full name is Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara.

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Uf, that is a mouthful. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 10, 1972, and was destined for greatness a long time ago.

She grew up as the rancher’s daughter.

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Her mom Margarita was a housewife, while her father, Julio Emilio, was a cattle rancher who primarily did business with the meat industry.

Her childhood nickname will make you smile.

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“Toti”, that is how her five siblings and many primos called her. We wonder if her husband, Australian actor Joe Manganiello (pictured here) also calls her that! That would be simply adorable

She originally wanted to become a dentist.

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Say “Ahhhhhh”! Yes, that is right, our queen studied three years of dentistry in her native Colombia and was very close to getting her degree when she decided to pack her things and move to Miami (the epicenter of Latino media in the 1990s) to pursue a career in modeling and acting. It was a wise choice although we are sure she would have been successful in anything she set her mind to do. 

Her family fell victim to the violence in 1990s Colombia.

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One of the reasons why Sofia decided to migrate to the United States was the high levels of violence and social unrest in Colombia. Her older brother Rafael was murdered during a kidnapping attempt in 1998. 

Her onscreen debut was a Pepsi commercial.

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Being a good Catholic girl, Vergara was a bit apprehensive about acting and modeling. By the time she was 17, she lit up TV sets across the whole continent by appearing in a Pepsi commercial.

She attended a prestigious acting school.

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Yes, the Creative Workshops School of Acting, which is the alma mater of iconic Latino personalities such as Gloria Estefan. De la realeza de la farandula! She co-hosted Univision’s Spanish travel show Fuera De Serie from 1995-1998, which made her a celebrity in the region. In the show, she would travel to exotic locations with her co-host Fernando Fiore.

Her big breakthrough: Modern Family, of course!

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As Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Vergara has received every accolade imaginable and has become the highest paid Latina in entertainment. She has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Not bad for someone who was typecast as the hot Latino trophy wife but ended up stealing the show!

She is a natural blonde.

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Yes, as this picture from the 1990s attests, she is a natural rubia. However, she asks to get her hair dyed in black or brown to appear more Latina! 

She has her own line of jeans, which she launched with Walmart.

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Talk about breaking into the mainstream! Sofia Jeans was launched in association with Walmart and it offers body-positive products to women who want to look as fab as queen Sofia!

She is a cancer survivor.

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In 2000, when she was already appearing in some Univision shows, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She had her thyroid removed, underwent a tough treatment and fully recovered. Talk about a turn of events for one of the most successful women in the world, regardless of ethnicity.

As of 2016, her annual income was almost $43 million a year. 

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She is a power player in Hollywood and no one, absolutely no one can stop her. Forbes calculates her current annual income to be nearly $50 million USD. Not bad, not bad at all! 

Not bad for a girl who was discovered on a beach.

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Yes, just a few years after this photo was taken, when she was 17, a photographer discovered her at a Colombian beach. We can only imagine how doubtful and potentially worried her family was, particularly given the political and social climate in Colombia at the time. She has said that is she hadn’t gone to the beach that day, she would have become a dentist.

She was an established name in the Spanish-speaking world well before Modern Family.

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We are sure you have seen this magazine, Vanidades, at your abuelita’s house! Vergara got her big break on the  1995 Mexican telenovela Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma

She has even done Broadway.

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Yes, in 2009 she gave her first Broadway performance as Mama Morton in Chicago. A star was born and hasn’t stopped since.

She first married when she was 18.

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She married her high-school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez, and they had a kid in 1991, Manolo. They ended things in 1993, but Manolo is Sofias life! She was engaged to Nicholas Loeb in 2012 but the relationship ended in 2014 (she later had a legal dispute with Loeb concerning the fate of three embryos they produced for future development when they were together). 

She wanted to have a breast reduction surgery when she was a young woman.

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She felt embarrassed by her breasts when she was a child, but she is now proud of her womanly figure, as she should be. Body positivity above all! She now says: “Beauty is really all about confidence…” Yes ma’am. 

She has a personalidad liviana.

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Part of her success has to do with her good nature and free personality. She has said: “I can turn around and scream and get angry, but I turn around and I forget about it.”

She became a US citizen in 2014.

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She announced that she had scored perfect in the citizenship test when she visited the Jimmy Kimmel show! Take that, anti-immigration bullies!

She married Joe Mangianello in 2015.

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Look at these two love birds! They got engaged on Christmas Day 2014 after dating for only six months. But when things are meant to be, well, there is nothing you can do against it. The happy and gorgeous couple married in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 21, 2015. Judging by their Instas, they lead a free and loving existence, and they seriously give us all the FOMO with the amazing holidays, brunches, laughter and everyday domestic moments they share. Here is for tons of happiness for our Sofia, and for her to continue to inspire strong, independent Latinas for many years to come. Te queremos, La Toti, te queremos!

READ: 21 Old Sofia Vergara Photos Which Prove Latinas Don’t Age

He Is One Of Broadway’s Best Choreographers And His Story Of Being Undocumented To Chase His Dream Is Inspiring

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He Is One Of Broadway’s Best Choreographers And His Story Of Being Undocumented To Chase His Dream Is Inspiring

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Colombian dancer and choreographer Sergio Trujillo has lived a life, and it’s getting more colorful. The artist won his first Tony award last weekend and took his stage moment to thank his cast, his husband, and to come out as a formerly undocumented immigrant.

This isn’t just a story about an immigrant who has made spectacular contributions to American culture and art. Trujillo wants other dreamers to know that, despite the political climate, they should keep fighting for their dreams. Anything’s possible.

Trujillo first dedicated his award “to my Colombian family who had taught me to love music and dance since I was a little boy.”

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As Trujillo stepped up to the mic to make his acceptance speech, he literally jumped up and down on the stage. “I’m so lucky,” he began. “There are so many people I love in my life.” He specifically thanked his mother and siblings in Spanish and continued his speech in English.

“I arrived in New York City over 30 years ago as an illegal immigrant.”

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“I didn’t just show up yesterday,” he announced. “I arrived in NYC over 30 years ago as an illegal immigrant.” Trujillo later told AP News that his announcement felt like he was coming out as a gay man all over again.

Only his husband, family, and close friends knew about his immigration story.

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He opened up about the internalized shame he still carries from living in the U.S. without papers. “One keeps it so deep inside, it’s like a secret that one must maintain. So when I talk about it I still feel guilty, like I’m doing something wrong,” he told AP.

Trujillo felt called to use his platform to send a message of hope to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

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“I stand here as proof,” he said to an audience giving him a standing ovation. “For all those dreamers, I want you to hear this. The American dream is still alive. You just have to keep on fighting because change will come.”

Trujillo quickly code-switched and concluded with a rallying call in Spanish.

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“For all those who are listening, I want you to know that if I, Sergio Trujillo, born in Cali, Colombia, can win this moment, so can you. You can do it.”

Trujillo’s family moved from Cali, Colombia to Canada when he was 12 years old.

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They lived there illegally for a few years until they were granted amnesty. He then crossed the Canadian border with his Colombian passport and stayed illegally for ten more years until he was granted citizenship.

He studied biochemistry at the University of Toronto until he quit to try his luck on Broadway.

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He lived at friends’ houses, took dance classes and auditioned. Once he started being hired to perform in Broadway shows, he was able to get temporary visas.

Trujillo’s hard work has certainly paid off.

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While he hasn’t publicly spoken about this very long chapter of his life–one which necessitated his success–he told AP that “now, more than ever, is the perfect time to talk about that.” Trujillo doesn’t anticipate dancing at the White House anytime soon.

In 2014, four Broadway shows, all choreographed by him, were playing at the same time.

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Trujillo first started out as a dancer on Broadway and worked up to become a choreographer. He’s also won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for Memphis in 2015.

His first Tony is for Best Choreography for Ain’t Too Proud.

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The Broadway musical is based on the lives of The Temptations. As the Chicago White Sox owner is seeking to commemorate the organized burning of disco and soul music created by Black and Latinx artists, this commemoration of The Temptations is more important than ever.

His first Tony nomination was for his work on On Your Feet!–the Broadway depiction of the lives of the Estefans.

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In an Instagram post, the infamous Gloria Estefan congratulated Trujillo, “CONGRATULATIONS to the wonderful @sergiotrujillo1 who was nominated previously for our musical, @onyourfeetbway and last night won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography for @AintTooProud. #TonyAwards This is SO well deserved and it’s about time, baby!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

His name has also graced the Broadway production of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

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His work on that production earned him a 2018 Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography. The entire cast was all-female.

Trujillo has been with his husband, Jack Noseworthy, for 30 years.

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The two met in 1990 and married in 2011. Just last year, they welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their family.

We stan this family photo.

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“My world all in one beautiful picture!!!!,” Trujillo’s caption reads. We assume that the woman is his beautiful mother. We’re mami’s boys and girls all our lives.

Apparently, if Trujillo was trapped on a desert island forever, he’d want to be with Jeremy Pope.

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He played Eddie Kendricks in Ain’t Too Proud, so the two have worked together. Don’t worry. We have footage of Trujillo’s husband’s reaction.

Noseworthy’s face when hearing Turjillo’s answer:

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Trujillo digs the hole deeper when he says that Pope is just so talented that he’d be able to do anything. He’s also a good cook.

Honey, you in trouble.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has named him one of the Top 100 Colombians in the world.

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His work cannot be denied, and, truthfully, neither can his love for marido, Jack. Happy Pride.

Congrats on your Tony and a much-appreciated coming out, Trujillo!

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This time, for coming out as a once undocumented immigrant. Your story is an inspiration.

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