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Laurie Hernandez And Camila Cabello Made It To One Of The Most Prestigious Lists

Time magazine released its annual “30 Most Influential Teens” list and two very empowering and very awesome Latinas nabbed a spot this year.

Olympic champ, Laurie Hernandez, came in at no. 7 on the list.

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“They say, ‘You made Latinas proud! And that hits me hard,’” she said to Time. “It helps me realize that I’ve done something bigger than just gymnastics.”

At only 16 years old, this charismatic gymnast of Puerto Rican descent cartwheeled her way into our hearts after slaying at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She’s a gold and silver medalist already. If that’s impressive enough, Laurie, who ranked #7 on the list, signed an endorsement deal with Crest and is sweeping the dance floor as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Also on the list taking at 25th spot, Fifth Harmony member, Camila Cabello.

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The youngest Fifth Harmony member is killing the charts as part of the girl group, but Cabello is also achieving great things on her own. Not only is she venturing out as a solo artist having released hits such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes, and “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly, but this 19-year-old Cuban native is also an activist.

In a heartfelt article titled: “Our dreams were bigger than our fears” published on PopSugar, Cabello opened up about her family leaving Cuba in the mid-2000s in search of better opportunities. And she also got super candid about her views on Trump’s infamous proposed wall. “When anybody wants to tell you they want to build a ‘wall’ on our border, remember behind that wall is struggle, determination, hunger. Behind that wall could be the next cure for cancer,” she wrote.

Find out which other amazing teens made Time’s 2016 list, here

READ: Camila Cabello’s Immigrant Parents Always Told Her To ‘Ponte Las Pilas’

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Shawn Mendes Credits Girlfriend Camila Cabello For Overcoming Body Image Issues

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Shawn Mendes Credits Girlfriend Camila Cabello For Overcoming Body Image Issues

Shawn Mendes rose to fame at 15-years-old through the defuncted social media platform Vine. Years later, he is a worldwide pop sensation but even he falls victim to body image issues. Just goes to show that even famous men have problems with their own bodies.

Shawn Mendes is a certified hottie and that is just a fact.

The “Treat You Better” singer has made men and women swoon around the world with his classical good looks and stunning physique. The Canadian singer-songwriter has been a heartthrob since he broke into the pop music scene and his fans are not letting him down anytime soon.

Yet, Mendes recently admitted that he struggled with body image issues.

In an interview with British GQ, Mendes admits that he struggled with maintaining a healthy body image and self-confidence. The stress of fame and the constant public attention fed into Mendes’ own self-confidence and body image issues.

“‘“If you don’t work out, you’re going to lose fans,’” Mendes told British GQ about what he would tell himself.

The “Wonder” artist would get up two hours early to be able to work out.

Mendes admitted that he would sacrifice sleep and his own health to get the body he thought everyone wanted to see. His Calvin Klein campaign added to his body image issues because of the cultural impact of Calvin Klein campaigns.

Mendes recalled his loved ones helping him by saying, “You are not your body. You are not your voice. You are not your songs. You are you and people love you because of you.”

Mendes thanks his girlfriend, Camila Cabello, for helping him on his journey of self-love.

Mendes saw Cabello’s own strength in the face of body shaming. Cabello faced an onslaught of body shaming that dwarfed what he was feeling and going through.

“So strong, so clear and confident with her [body] and so articulate and empathetic about other people’s,” Mendes told British GQ about Cabello. “and it really changed my view of mine. It really changed my life.” 

Quarantine has become a chance for Mendes to figure who he wants to be.

Mendes wants to show the world another side of him, which is his vulnerable side. He wants men to understand there’s a difference between being obsessed with your abs and being healthy.

You can read the rest of the British GQ interview here.

READ: Everyone Has Thoughts And Concerns About Camila Cabello And Shawn Mendes’ Quarantine Walks

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Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez’s Former Coach Suspended By USA Gymnastics For Abuse

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Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez’s Former Coach Suspended By USA Gymnastics For Abuse

It’s a well-known fact that the world of gymnastics can be particularly grueling. Gymnasts are often subjected to long hours of intense workouts, immense pressure to compete, and the high likelihood of sustaining injuries. It’s all part of the sport and what makes elite gymnasts like Laurie Hernandez so inspiring.

What women like Hernandez, do not sign up for however is the culture of abuse pervasive in the gymnastics world. Recently, USA Gymnastics has seen a period of years in which instances of abuse have come to light. In 2018, in fact, Lawrence Gerard Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and osteopathic physician, was sentenced to prison for his sexual abuse of minors who were gymnasts and patients of his. As part of his conviction, many gymnasts were quick to point out that the toxic and abusive nature of certain coaches allowed such abuse to happen. As it turns out while Hernandez never came forward to make a claim against Nassar she has recently made one about her gymnastics coach.

Maggie Haney, a gymnastics coach who trained Hernandez during the 2016 Olympics, has been suspended by USA Gymnastics.

USA Gymnastics decided that she would be suspected for a period of eight years for her part in verbal and emotional abuse of athletes. According to reports, once the suspension period is over Haney will be permitted to reapply for membership.

“The independent hearing panel — comprised of three members of the gymnastics community, including an attorney, a club owner, and a former national team athlete — found that Ms. Haney violated the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethical Conduct, Safe Sport Policy, and other policies,” the organization told People.com in a statement.

Hernandez spoke out about the abuse in an Instagram post shared to her page.

Hernandez, who won a gold and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, testified against Haney throughout a series of months of hearings which involved other gymnasts who trained under Haney.

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