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Listen As This Latina Explains The Difference Between Appropriation And Appreciation



“When I was younger, I was constantly mocked for having crazy-thick sideburns. But everything I got made fun of for back then is trendy now.”

TeenVogue recently published a very cool series of videos featuring seven young women talking about their respective cultures’ concepts of beauty, grooming, and adornment. They showed how different styles look when they haven’t been appropriated by others, and what these different looks mean to them.

Leaf McLean, a Puerto Rican Afro-Latina from Brooklyn, talked about her ‘crazy-thick sideburns’ – which she rocks impeccably, btw.

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“Being Afro-Latina, you have a lot of hair,” she tells TeenVogue. “When I was younger, I was constantly mocked for having crazy-thick sideburns. But everything I got made fun of for back then is trendy now.”


Leaf goes on to define cultural appreciation (as opposed to appropriation) as “giving credit to a long line of people who have done this for years,” adding that part of embracing her heritage meant embracing her hair.


Check out TeenVogue’s full post here to learn more about Leaf’s style, from her earrings to her braids, plus gain insight from 6 other young women on the stories behind their looks.


WATCH: 100 Years of Dominican Beauty

What’s your relationship to your hair these days, and was it always a good one? 

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Eva Mendes Shared A Shocking Photo Of ‘Being Tortured’ While Receiving Mono-Thread Treatment For Her Neck

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Eva Mendes Shared A Shocking Photo Of ‘Being Tortured’ While Receiving Mono-Thread Treatment For Her Neck

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When it comes to aging and beauty, Eva Mendes is proving she has nothing to be ashamed of.

The forty-six-year-old actress and mother to two gave fans a look into her beauty routine. Shocking followers on Instagram, the actress shared that she maintains her look with a pretty unique, non-invasive injectable procedure. The image proves that whoever thinks “beauty isn’t pain” might have it wrong…

In a post shared to Instagram, Mendes shared a photo of a jawline-tightening treatment known as “mono-threading.” 

The graphic image shows Mendes with her neck tilted backward and tiny syringe pins sticking out from the curve of her jawline. In a caption of the post, Mendes gave more context to the shocking image and writing “This spa-home away from home is incredible! No office with bad fluorescent lighting. No sterile office vibe. This is my go-to for all things beauty. A home where you can relax while being tortured by the best of the best. This is my happy place! Here I am getting some Mono-Threads. Ayyyy Dios!”

Mendes went on to credit Beverly Hills-based esthetician Mariana Vergara and her new office for cosmetic injectables called Beauty Villa Vergara. “So excited to support her as a skilled beauty technician opening her own Latina owned business!” Mendes finished the post. “Pa’lante reina!”

Beauty Villa Vergara shared details of Mendes’ treatment on their Instagram page.

“Mono threads activate collagen synthesis, which produces a gradual skin thickening, skin tightening and rejuvenation effect,” Vergara wrote. “Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions (…). The threads shown are mono threads, which stimulate collagen.”

Vergara went onto explain that the procedure Mendes received is not a face or neck-lifting procedure. Instead, it’s apreventative skin-tightening treatment. “These particular threads do not lift a saggy neck,” Vergara explained in response to questions posted in the comments section of the post. “She doesn’t have a saggy neck. These threads stimulate collagen production and prevent a saggy neck.”

Though Mendes joked that the procedure is “torturous,” Dr. Vergara promised that it’s not as painful as it looks.

“The procedure is minimally invasive and patients usually have mild discomfort. I use numbing cream before placing them,” she explained. “It provides immediate results, but even better results are seen after three months as your body produces collagen. These threads will start to dissolve within six to nine months, but due to the collagen and elastin stimulation the effect will last up to eighteen months.”

Vergara explained that the procedure can be done to more than just a jawline.

“They can go in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline, marionette lines, décolleté, arms, thighs, knees or abdomen,” she explained. “Basically, anywhere collagen stimulation is intended.”

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Miss USA 2020 Crowns Another Black Woman Who Says When It Comes To Government There’s Still A Lot Of Work To Do

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Miss USA 2020 Crowns Another Black Woman Who Says When It Comes To Government There’s Still A Lot Of Work To Do

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Black is beautiful and Mississippi agrees!

Asya Branch, a student at the University of Mississippi became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Mississippi USA earlier this year and is now the reigning Miss USA. Branch, who is from Booneville received her sparkling title on Monday after the coronavirus pandemic put the breaks on the event for several months.

Branch used her platform during the pageant to address the current state of our country which is deeply polarized.

She also addressed current gun laws and mistrust in media and government. Branch, who revealed during the contest that her family owns guns, said people should learn how to use guns properly before receiving a permit.

“As someone who grew up in a home with guns, I learned at an early age how to load, how to fire and gun safety, and I think that education should be available to everyone,” she explained during the pageant after being asked to answer a question on a random subject pulled from a box. “I think it’s important that we not ban guns, because obviously, people will find a way to get what they want anyway, but I think it’s our Second Amendment right, and we just need more safety surrounding that.”

In an interview with Miss Mississippi USA, Branch revealed that her father had been incarcerated for 10 years and she’d been inspired by his experience to advocate for criminal justice reform.

 “We’ve lost trust in the systems that seem to keep our country running, from the media to business to our government,” Branch went on to share according to Fox News. “And it’s all about restoring that trust and coming together and working together to heal and trust in these systems. If we want to continue to be the greatest nation, we’re going to have to set a better example.”

Branch shared her disbelief in her win earlier this year in September

“I learned a lot about myself, but at the same time, while sharing my story and going through so much but not letting it stop me, I’ve been able to heal while also helping others find their way,” she said in an interview.

Branch’s win is proof of a change in pageant competitions. Last year, Black women won Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA for the first time in history. Her win comes alongside another historic victory. Miss Teen USA 2020 Ki’ilani Arruda, became the second Hawaiian woman to win the teen pageant.

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