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Don’t Fret. Here Are Some Perfect Galentine’s Day Gifts Created By Latina Entrepreneurs

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This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate all the strong, fierce, and beautiful Galentines in your life. You can celebrate by gifting them items made by some equally strong and beautiful Latina entrepreneurs. You could even host a major dinner for all of your besties to celebrate the love. Whatever way you celebrate, here are a few wonderful gifts to show them how much you love them and their friendship.

Say it with a Spanish Valentine’s Day card.

Sometimes things just sound better in Spanish, like this card from Magic Mood Art. You might not be rolling in the dough, but you can brighten up your Valentine’s day with a funny greeting card for less than the cost of a latte.

Show them how much you appreciate them with a Viva La Mujer shirt.

If you want to celebrate decades-long friendships with your Galentines, tell them they are strong women. Show them that you see them rising and breaking the glass ceiling with this tee from Brown Badass Bonita.

Give the MUA in your life something to add to their collection with a Melt Cosmetics Metal Gloss.

Kiss nude lips goodbye this Valentine’s Day. Your friends can thank you when they coat their lips with this glossy pink finish from Latina-owned Melt Cosmetics.

How about a Latino-inspired greeting card in English?

Your squad knows you love them pero like food comes first sometimes before morning hiking workouts. These cute cards are just some of the fresh sayings Martha Valdes. She is the owner of the boutique Martha of Miami.

Give them a wardrobe boost with some Valentine’s-Hued clothing from Eye Candy Boutique.

Owner Elsa Fernandes wants you and your bffs to know that love comes in all shapes and sizes. That’s why she’s celebrating plus size girls with adorable clothing and accessories from her Eye Candy Boutique. Grab some purple, pink or red items that will make your Galentine’s Day attire pop!

Show that you want to hold these friendships tight by way of a hair clasp.

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For your ArtSy best friends, get them a pearl-studded barrette from Miami-based Style Mafia, owned by fashion blogger Simonett Pereira. Her avant-garde style mixes fresh and feminine finds with some minimalism.

Josefina by Vero Solis is always a good choice.

Give a Galentine’s Day gift your friends can wear with pride—they can show off their Mexican roots. These chic and colorful pieces from Mexican designer Vero Solis are a must-have. This ‘Mexicanita’ shirt can be your friends’ dose of required red on Valentine’s Day. ♥️

Mapache Jewelry will make anyone shine.

Give your girls the right crystals to heal and #bless their life with pieces from Rochelle Martin’s jewelry line. Trinkets include little crystal charms that can be incorporated into accessories for their everyday errands.

HoneyBGold Hoops because hoops are a girl’s best friend.

Help your friends take on the world this Valentine’s Day with or without a honey by their side. All they need is some rockin’ pairs of hoops by Latina jewelry designer HoneyBGold!


READ: Best Valentine’s Day Gifts And Activities For the Love of Your Life That Aren’t Just A Dinner

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These Are The Greatest Love Stories Of All Time Fueled By Latinos Romance

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These Are The Greatest Love Stories Of All Time Fueled By Latinos Romance

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Latino stereotypes in the media often center on feisty, passionate, busty Latina women or tall, dark, charming and handsome Latino men. Either way, they’re going to steal your heart. Obviously, any stereotype about any ethnicity is bound to fail when it comes to real life expectations, especially around romance. The only stereotype the media is getting right is the depiction of abuelitos’ grand love in “One Day At a Time.”

We know as much about love as the next person, but we do have some iconic Latino romances of the ages to aspire to. Prepare to get inspired.

Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball

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Their infamous on-screen romance in “I Love Lucy” wasn’t all for show. Ball actually advocated hard on behalf of Arnaz to essentially play himself as her marido on television. Executives didn’t want someone with a Latin accent on-screen. They pushed on and have left all sorts of legacies today.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan

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Gloria and Emilio met in the Miami Sound Machine. She was the lead singer and he was the band leader. He was her first and only boyfriend and the two have been married since 1978.

Celia Cruz and Pedro Knight

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Cuban sensation Celia Cruz was on tour in Mexico with her band La Sonora Matancera when they decided not to return to Cuba. Castro exiled them in retaliation, but love won. Cruz later married Sonora’s trumpet player Pedro Knight in 1962. Knight cared for her while she was battling and eventually died of brain cancer. He built a granite mausoleum he buried her in that he joined just four years later.

Cesar and Helena Chavez

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The two met as farm workers in Delano, CA in the 1940s and their activism brought them together. While Cesar Chavez is better known for creating the UFWA union, Helena was actually the bookkeeper. They were married until death.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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While their love story is known for its tumultuousness, the two were married in 1929 and again in 1940 after a very brief divorce. While they had many lovers throughout their lives, they remained committed to each other and inspired each other’s art often.

Rita Moreno and Leonard Gordon

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Moreno’s love life was truly iconic before meeting Gordon (dated Elvis Presley; Marlon Brando was the “lust of her life”). Gordon and Moreno married in 1965 and remained together 45 years until his death in 2010.

Luis Fonsi and Agueda Lopez

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Fonsi and Lopez have been together for almost a decade and together have two children.

Caption: “Moments like this, photos like this one, don’t need a caption. My smile and my happiness say it all. My superhero, super mom and super model! Happy Valentines Day!”

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

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There isn’t a Boricua alive who didn’t follow these two like royalty back in the good old days. The two were longtime friends before they started dating in early 2004. Lopez had just broken off her engagement with Ben Affleck six months before their swift wedding.

While they have two perfect twin daughters together, the two split ten years later and are now amicable.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

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While the two only just celebrated their two year anniversary, their very obvious googly eyes for each other is epic. The two originally met while they were still married to their exes. The story goes that they sort of just bumped into each other a few years ago and went on their first date that same night. Of course, Jennifer Lopez gets two great loves.

Carmen Carrera and Adrian Torres

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When Carrera and Torres met in the early 2000s, they both identified as gay men. After Carrera decided to transition, they ended their domestic partnership. That lasted not more than a year before they were seen together and married in 2015. Their marriage is the first televised trans-inclusive marriage.

Daddy Yankee and Mireddys González

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These two have been married since 1994. They keep their personal life very private. He told Al Rojo Vivo that his marriage has been so strong because the two are “friends above everything.”

Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins

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Sue me, this is a fictional romance, but it felt very real for every “Grey’s Anatomy” fan when the single Latina character discovered her bisexuality and was disowned by her Roman Catholic father for it. Everyone worked it out, but, dang, we shipped these two.

Eva Duarte and Juan Perón

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When they married in 1945, the Argentinian actress was much more famous than her soon-to-be Argentinian President marido. Their love story actually inspired a musical and they were celebrated far beyond her tragic death from cancer in 1952.

Matt and Luciana Damon

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According to Luciana’s recount to Vogue, “I was working as a bartender in South Beach … and [his] crew ended up in the bar one Saturday night… Matt’s story is that he saw me across the room and there was a light on me. And [laughing] I’m like: ‘yeah it was a nightclub – there were lights everywhere!'” But really, he was seeking refuge from paparazzi and hid behind the bar with her. Like any Latina, she put him to work, kept all his tips and they’ve been together 15 years since.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Adriana Nadal

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These two have known each other since high school. They are not high school sweethearts but their love is very sweet. Since marrying in 2010, the two have welcomed two children together.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

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The Oscar winners met while filming “Jamón, Jamón” and married eight years later in an intimate Bahamas wedding. We get to imagine what life is like being so beautiful together thanks to their professional collaborations on “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “The Counselor.”

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar

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After meeting on the set of “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the two fell deep. They married in Mexico in 2002 and have two children together. Their love is disgustingly cute.

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling

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The most beautiful couple alive met while filming “The Place Beyond the Pines” in 2011 and now have two daughters together. You never see them out in public, probably because their beauty and love would kill us all.

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef

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“I contacted him, and we talked for six months. We were just sending messages, talking about life and existential issues. Nothing sexy, nothing sexual. It’s not that he was sending me sexy pictures and vice versa, I swear. But when I first saw him, I said, ‘I am going to marry this guy.’ And apparently, he said exactly the same thing,” he told Attitude. The couple has been together for three years.

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello

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Did I already say “The Most Beautiful Couple Alive”? It’s a tie. These two fell hard and fast and within six months of dating, Manganiello proposed to her on Christmas Day 2014. They married a year later in Palm Beach, FL, and are all perfect and in love since.

READ: 21 Facts About “El Rey” Chente Fernandez That Will Make You Love Him Even More

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