How this Adorable Cooking Nun Became a Mexican Pop Culture Icon

Hermana Flor is a nun on a mission… to win a reality show. But it’s not to become a celebrity, it’s to win the cash prize for her convent.

Say hola to Hermana Flor. She’s currently one of the top five contestants of Master Chef Mexico.

Soy #Fan1 de #hermanaflor #masterchef #masterchefmx

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She’s also a nun of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ.

In case you didn’t know, she’s kind of a big deal.

Con la #hermanaFlor #teamhermanaflor lo mejor mi grito :3

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Like, most of her public appearances look like this.

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“¡Hermana Flor! ¡Hermana Flor!”

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For real, though. People love this woman.

???? #masterchef #hermanaflor

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Why? Because she’s humble, adorable and best of all, SHE CAN COOK.

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Watching her on the show is like watching your abuelita. How can you not root for her? Some of the Master Chef judges have even joked that Hermana Flor’s food is so good, she must have made a pact with the devil.

She’s even built a loyal following on social media.

Hermana Flor beat out 295 contestants to make it to the final five.

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Wait? What?! Nearly 300 people?

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Apparently, it’s her chili sauces that have gotten her so far in the competition.

She is in it to win 1 million pesos (about $60k US).

If she wins, Hermana Flor wants to use the money to pay back some of the convent’s debt, which stands at 7 million pesos.

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Hermana Flor’s convent is in debt after taking out loans to build, expand and renovate schools near their area.

La.mejor #hermanaflor #floriliber #putoelquelolea

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Excelente clase magistral @edgarnunezm fue lo mejor. #hermanaflor me encantó cocinar con usted @masterchefmx

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Lots of people want Hermana Flor to take home the prize.

“¡Sí se puede!”

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Not Male, Not Female, but Muxe, Mexico’s Third Gender


Not Male, Not Female, but Muxe, Mexico’s Third Gender

Have you heard of muxes? Let’s start with how to pronounce the word…it’s moo-shays. It translates to “woman” from the Zapotecan dialect. Now that we’re on the same page, let’s get the details.

Muxes are a “third” gender. Yep. Not male, not female, but muxe. Basically, muxes are born male but dress and live as women. Don’t be mistaken, they are not considered crossdressers or transgender.

Why have you never heard of them? Because they live in Juchitán, a small district in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Here, they have been embraced and accepted in the community where their lives have been relatively peacefully and free of discrimination for a long time.

Munchies recently published an article, “Cooking with Muxes, Mexico’s Third Gender,” where they found answers to most the questions  you have.  For example, muxes happen to be very, very good cooks. And one muxe would never, ever, have another muxe as a partner. Or that many heterosexual men in the Juchitán had their first sexual encounter with a muxe. And that they lead happy lives cooking and selling their food.

To learn more about the muxes, read the full article here.

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