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Proof Venezuelan MMA Powerhouse Ronda Rousey is More than a Kick-Ass Fighter

Ronda Rousey reestablished herself as the baddest UFC fighter – male or female – after knocking out Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds. Something else people are buzzing about is her Venezuelan heritage. As a child, Rousey was never recognized as Latina. After revealing in an interview that her dad is Venezuelan, she’s taking her moment to empower other Latinas to follow their dreams. Check out these badass quotes the show Rousey is more than a mean right hook.

Be a Proud Latina

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“When I was younger people wouldn’t believe I was half-Venezuelan. I don’t look like it. I look like my dad. I never really got any cultural recognition as a kid. It’s kind of a shame that people treat you how you look like.”

Stop the Body-Shaming

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“Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f*cking millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f*ck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose because I’m not a do nothing b*tch.”

Family Rules

“I speak really, really fast because the people in my family all had very interesting things to say, and so I learned to say what I want to say loud and really fast because that’s the only way I was gonna break in and be heard.”

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Listen to Mom

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“My mom has a lot of lines. She also says, ‘no one has the right to beat you, regardless of who they are.'” Rousey recalled.

Mix the Tough and Sweet

“I always kinda had more of a brash sense of humor and rapport with my teammates, and that compounded with very empowered and educated women in my family, and it kind of turned into the way I present myself today, which I admit is not very normal, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing.”

Don’t Back Down

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“I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at weigh-ins. You know, she was screaming in my face at weigh-ins. She was saying, ‘Don’t cry.’ So I turned around to her after I knocked her out and I said, ‘Don’t cry.'”

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Fear Breeds Courage

“You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person.”

Ambition is Good

“I don’t want little girls to have the same ambitions as me, but I want them to know it’s OK to be ambitious.”

Tune Out Doubters

“How dare you assume I should think less of myself? The problem isn’t me thinking I can achieve any goal I set for myself, the problem is you projecting your own self doubt onto me.”

READ: Lamest Come-Ons Latinas Put Up With

Own Your Sexiness

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“Since becoming a sex symbol, I haven’t had less sex in my life.”

Athletes are Pretty Too

“I want to be the undisputed, best pound-for-pound woman in the world in MMA, and I want to do it while looking good and being entertaining.”

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Interview: Mariana Vega Was Dropped from Her Record Label, Then She Won a Grammy

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Interview: Mariana Vega Was Dropped from Her Record Label, Then She Won a Grammy

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Meet Mariana Vega.

She’s a singer-songwriter with Venezuelan roots. If you like Carla Morrison, Ximena Sariñana and other artists in that vein, you’ll dig her stuff.

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Dig it? Cool. mitú talked to Vega about her path to becoming a pop singer, being a Venezolana in Canada, and her plans for the future.

When she was only 15, Vega’s family made a big move.

Vega’s family left Venezuela to settle in Canada. “After my family moved to Canada, I became very depressed. I missed my friends and my hometown. So, I started writing songs when I was 15-16 years-old. Writing music is a form of therapy for me. It became a form of release.”

But she remains a proud Venezolana…she ❤️️’s arepas.

“I love arepas! Oh, they are just the best. You can have them any time of day, breakfast, lunch or dinner. I make arepas, everyone from Venezuela needs to know how to make them. It’s mandatory.”

READ: Mama’s Boy Turned International Pop Singer: Meet Mitre

She almost didn’t become a musician. 

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“While I always had a passion for music, I decided to pursue a degree in Psychology and Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto,” revealed Vega. “But everything changed during my sophomore year in college. I went to Venezuela for my cousin’s wedding and she asked me to sing at the reception. So, I performed that night and as it turns out one of the guests was a music industry executive. When you find someone that believes in you it becomes contagious and you feel unstoppable. So, once I graduated I became a full-time musician.”

 With big dreams came big hurdles.

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“The first time I released an international album it was with Wonder Music Mexico, and right after we released the first single they dropped me from the label,” confessed Vega. “They decided that it wasn’t going to work. I wasn’t sure if it was the single or the marketing strategy, but they decided that I wasn’t the right fit. That experience really shook me up. I thought I had made it that, I was committed to the label, I really thought it was my big break. It was really tough and very hard to pick myself up.”

But her work paid off. Last year, she won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist.

READ: Could You Do What Camila Cabello Did To Become a Star?

So, what’s life like after winning a Grammy?

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Vega. “I guess some people may think that your life changes drastically after winning a Grammy, and it does, but it’s mostly because of your work ethic. It’s given me the opportunity to work different artists that I’ve always admired. But, nothing is handed to you, you still have to knock on doors. I’ve been touring non-stop, in Argentina, Chile, México and Venezuela. Now, I’m touring in the U.S. with stops in Texas, Miami and Los Angeles.”

Her family keeps her grounded. 

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“Family is everything to me. They’re my support system,” said Vegas, who also shared her favorite childhood memory. “In Venezuela there is a very nice beach called Los Roques. My whole childhood was spent at the beach with my parents and siblings. I can remember the smell of the sea, the sun and white sand. It’s crazy because I don’t like the beach that much anymore. I must have gotten sick of it, I don’t know. [Laughs] It’s always nice to be able to share those memories with your loved ones. That’s all we needed – to be together.”

READ: Becky G is Living the American Dream

She’s not obsessed with fame.

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“I’ve never been worried about being a singer-songwriter that’s at the top of the charts forever. Down the road, I would love to combine my two interests: music and psychology. I’ve been wanting to get a degree in physical therapy and record an album that’s used for child therapy. So, that’s one of my main goals. It’s amazing what music can do.”

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