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Paraguay’s Miss Gordita Beauty Pageant Puts Plus-Size Women Center Stage

When 23-year-old Romina Verna was declared Miss Gordita Paraguay, she held her bouquet of flowers and gave the audience and cameras a proud, happy smile.


The Miss Gordita pageant is distinct in that it aims to help plus-size women honor and celebrate their bodies across Latin America.


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It was started by Veronica Duarte and her boyfriend, Mike Beras, a Brazilian producer and author living in Paraguay. They were both tired of seeing bigger women only featured in the context of losing weight, and wanted to do something about it.


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That’s why Miss Gordita isn’t just a pageant. It’s also a three month-long intensive program, complete with modeling classes, group therapy, counseling with a nutritionist, and sessions with an image consultant. And it’s all totalmente gratis.


The five judges evaluated all 14 contestants on categories such as elegance, attractiveness (it’s a beauty pageant, after all), and achievements in the program.


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The crowned Miss Gordita wins one year of free nutritional counseling and a gym membership, with the focus being on maintaining health, not necessarily reaching a certain size. She’ll also act as a kind of an Miss Gordita ambassador, giving talks on Paraguayan television.


As PlusModel mag points out, however, there’s a blur in the messaging when it comes to promoting self-acceptance and health at any size, while also pairing contestants with nutritionists, therapists and trainers.


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But the pageant isn’t just an opportunity for the women involved. It also acts as a major social step forward for Paraguay, where around six out of 10 people are considered overweight and remain victims of discrimination.


CREDIT: Facebook / Miss Gordita – Pagina Oficial (Bianca Valdez)

One contestant, Bianca Valdez, told Fusion that “I used to dress like an old woman with big blouses and pants. Now I dress sexy and use makeup. See how great I look?”


Although Miss Gordita has only been around since 2012, it’s part of a whole series of alt-pageants in Paraguay, including: Miss Kambá, an anti-racist pageant; Miss Madurita, for women 40-plus; Miss Petisa, for women 5-feet and under; and Miss Bad Girls, for tattooed chicas.


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Miss Gordita has given women the priceless experience of developing the self-esteem they deserve, even if it seems to want to have it both ways — shining a spotlight on larger women while also guiding them towards options that might result in weight loss.


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Split End Serums That Will Help Hair Growth And Keep Your Ends From Splitting

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Split End Serums That Will Help Hair Growth And Keep Your Ends From Splitting

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Sure, there might be more things peskier than split ends but there’s no doubt they’re a universal issue that haunts us all.

Thanks to dryness, age, heat styling, and even just existing, split ends are a real issue that people around the globe have to deal with and manage every day. As the oldest part of our hair strands, ends need a very particular type of special care. Particularly if you ever want to avoid having those splits ends work their way up the entire shaft of your hair and wreak even more havoc. While snipping off those ends are a surefire way to fix a split end problem, if you’re trying to grow your hair out there are ways to attempt to keep your ends from splitting in the first place.

We scoured the internet for top reviewed split ends. Check out what we found below!

Oribe’s Split End Seal

“My stylist gave me a sample of this to use on my thick, fine, curly, highlighted hair after a particularly strenuous bleach session. I was so impressed, I bought this when the sample ran out.

Any good stylist will tell you, it’s pretty much impossible to actually seal an end once it’s split (beyond making it appear to be sealed for a short period). But it is possible to return moisture and other nutrients to hair that is damaged or close to splitting. And this product is very good at doing that. It seals the hair to keep the good stuff in and protect against future damage from the environment. A little goes a long way if you apply it to wet hair, before applying any other styling products. Seriously, I got six uses out of the sample. It’ll take me a while to run out of the full size bottle.

This stuff really does work miracles on dry hair. The only way I’d ever be able to get rid of all my split ends would be to just shave my head. But that doesn’t mean my hair isn’t healthy. More than one stylist has pointed that out to me. That wouldn’t be the case if I didn’t use quality products like this one.” – Amazon review

Rita HazanTriple Threat Split End Remedy

“My hair deals with a lot of heat styling and hairspray so the ends get a little worse for wear. I’m growing my hair out for my wedding next year and I’m a law student, so I can’t afford to be getting regular haircuts at this point. I got a sample of this product and can’t believe what a difference it made in my hair. I can no longer see the split ends and my hairstyles pretty effortlessly now. I just ordered the full size.”- Sephora review

Moroccanoil Mending Infusion

“LOVE LOVE LOVE Moroccanoil Mending Infusion! This product works great on the ends of my hair that definitely need to be trimmed! It fuses the tips of my hair after styling so I can go longer w out a trim. It makes the ends look healthy & the smell is terrific! I use all of the Moroccanoil products & so far they are working great for me! The only negative thing I can say is that the bottle is made of thick glass which the actual quantity of the product is less than it actually appears to be. However, it takes very little product for the ends of the hair! The product still deserves 5 stars! IF for any reason these products don’t work for you, it has to be that they have been returned “as no longer needed” & possibly tampered with by a dishonest consumer. Amazon will always make things right from my experience. From reviews I’ve read in the past, I felt I needed to add this comment as I have very difficult hair, coarse, frizzy, & unmanageable unless I use an excellent product like ‘Moroccanoil products’!!”- Amazon Review

PATTERN Jojoba Oil Hair Serum

“Love it! Smells like lavender, ahhhh. I love that you can use this on your scalp and hair. It locks in the moisture from the Pattern leave-in so well for super soft and hydrated hair. I’m so happy with everything from this line. I do believe this jojoba oil is a stand out product as well. You can use it in so many ways. I will continue to purchase this and pretty much everything else from this line. Thank you, Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross, you hit the nail on the head!! Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this line.” – Sephora review

Design Essentials Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum

“My hair is natural and I usually go to a salon when I occasionally want to have it flat ironed. I decided to order Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum to do it myself and I already had the Bamboo & silk HCO leave in conditioner that I used to detangle. Wow, these 2 pair together left my hair silky and as straight as if my stylist had dRead more about review stating Love this strengthening serum!” – Site review

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Temporary Quarantine Things We Want To Stick Around Even After The Pandemic Is Over

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Temporary Quarantine Things We Want To Stick Around Even After The Pandemic Is Over

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Oh, quarantine. The not so sweet but absolutely necessary measure we all must take during the pandemic to stay healthy and alive. Sounds pretty drastic and dramatic but fortunately, the time in self-isolation means that we’ve experienced some pretty fantastically dramatic switch-ups. From work from home days to on the go cocktails, for many of us, there’s a lot to like about quarantine measures.

Recently, we asked our FIERCE readers what they’d like to hold onto about quarantine when it’s all over.

Check out the answers below!

“Not paying rent.” – yungkundalini

“Masks when you are sick.” – glam_dam

“Supporting small businesses! I can’t stress enough how many people have suddenly started coming out to keep their local businesses and mom and pop shops running. This should be a thing whether there is a pandemic or not! Keep your community strong, protect your local elotero, and give the big corporations a run for their money!!!” – itslinamarie

“Ppl staying 6ft away from me.” – _mrssuave__

“Flex working. No longer an excuse that employees must be in the office.” – mixtapemcgee

Cocktails to go.

“Curbside pickup being regularly available.” –melchini

“All of it!! I feel at peace with people not getting close, knowing mugrosos are washing their hands and being covered in sanitizer, not crowding restaurants and spaces, supporting small businesses, I just feel like so much greatness has come from this but maybe I’m just a glass half full person.” –pinatapink

Work from home options.

“To go cocktails.” –elizar

“Work from home at least 2-5 days/week.” – m_lc88

“Prioritizing wellbeing over work.” –srios21

“Not paying student loans.” – senoritasenorita_

“I wouldn’t mind wearing a mask forever, especially during flu season. But mostly because it hides my RBF really nicely.”- mellowpaloma

“Washing your hands.” – mbhearts20

Giving people space.

“6 ft apart rule should never leave! Especially those don’t know about personal space.” –artkidshirley

“Masks if you are sick or utilizing public transportation or crowded places. I lived in South Korea and I like how normalized it is there to wear it in public places. I think this will help most of us stay away from other people’s kuddies when we are out and about.
Definitely wearing it in the airplane. More often than not I get some sort of cold after traveling.” – haveacupofjohanny

“No middle seats on airplanes.” –lcamargo.g

“More patio dining and employers not discouraging sick days.” – carolcontra

Virtual doctor appointments.

“Virtual telehealth appointments.” –fiona_theresita

“Pretty much all of the above as well as the grocery workers cleaning the carts and handing them to you as you walk up. I LOVE THAT. I hope that stays forever!” –lindafairall

“Hand sanitizer every where!” –jeann0m0

“Spending time at home with your loved ones.” –queenmetal

“Drive by parties … drop a present pick up a plate. A gift from god for the antisocial socialites.” –bobbibrittani

“Some of the cleaning guidelines that probably should have been in place to begin with.” –julezz__o9

“More outside space at restaurants and bars, to go drinks, and 6ft apart 💯 ! Readily available hand sanitizers is chill too.” –pietrememories

Hand washing.

“Frequent washing of hands… because I have no idea what these cochinos were doing prior to this.”- xippallipina

“Cleaning items you just bought before putting them away.” –lia028_ava

“Staying home when ill. Rest. Ppl not crowding my space. Strange men not speaking to me.” –ayequemuchacha

No interest on student loans.

“No interest on student loans. I’ve been able to reduce my loan by so much without the interest!.” –bdlr_jp

“People giving me my personal spaces. Pls stay 6ft away from now on.” –natrdgez

“Working from home and people not shaking my hand lol I’ve always hated shaking hands.” –victorria_p

“People being grateful for their family, health, and what they have around them in this moment!” – liv3.so.angie

Masks.

“Masks when people are sick.” –tricia.adriii

“Masked food handlers and when your sick.” –fancyfaceaz

“People actually washing their hands.” –marilynscarlet

“The checkout line social distancing system! Not having a creep breathe down your neck in line is amazing.” –susanabenavidezkoppelman

“To go drinks at restaurants.” –lizbit3

Alone time.

“Solitude.” – zoiladarton

“Contactless delivery and curbside pickup.” – fiona_theresita

“Masks!!” –jazzberrykush

“Supporting small business, drive by parties, cocktails to go, personal space.” – oclucylu

“Sanitizers and masks.” –bethanias.gonzalez

“Hazard pay for jobs that ARE hazard pay everyday! PAID sick time off these companies ain’t shit tbh.” –gvbelladonna89

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