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17 Latino Celebrities That Hold a College Degree And You Had No Idea

So many of our favorite celebrities attract us with their talents, good looks, or killer personalities. Unfortunately, there aren’t many celebrities, Latino or otherwise, that are known for their brains. However, the tradition of higher education is still alive and well, and many of our favorite Latino celebs actually have college degrees that they often don’t mention. Let’s check out some of our favorite Latino celebs that have college degrees, and see how they’ve used their education to improve their careers.

1. America Ferrera

Instagram /  @americaferrera

Best known for her role on Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010, America Ferrera was born in Los Angeles to two parents who had recently immigrated from Honduras. She did plays all through elementary and high school, and eventually went to the University of Southern California to study both theater and international relations. She dropped out of school to focus on acting but ended up going back more than 10 years later to finish up her degree. Now, she divides her time between acting and political activism through organizations like the Time’s Up legal defense fund and Voto Latino.

2. Nina Garcia

Instagram / @ninagarcia

Although she’s been the editor-in-chief of Elle for more than 15 years, Nina Garcia is most recognizable to the public from her work as a judge on Project Runway. Garcia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, but moved to the United States to attend a boarding school in Massachusetts at a very young age. Her exacting eye for fashion was developed through her journalism work, but she also has a related degree in fashion merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology. That’s in addition to her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University!

3. Mark Sanchez

Twitter / @marksanchez

Mark Sanchez has played football on six teams in his nine years in the NFL. Currently, he’s the quarterback of the Washington Redskins, but he grew up in beautiful southern California. Like many other kids from his neighborhood, he went to the University of Southern California, and finished his degree the same summer that he entered the NFL Draft. He’s considered one of the greatest Mexican-American athletes within the United States. He’s third-generation Mexican-American, and even took Spanish lessons so he could communicate better with Latino news outlets.

4. Salma Hayek

Instagram /  @salmahayek

Salma Hayek, who first became known for her work on Mexican telenovelas, has been a famous member of the Hollywood A-list since her first American movie (Desperado) in 1995. She was born in Mexico, and has moved back and forth from the United States a few times- the first was when she was 12, and moved to Louisiana to attend boarding school. She went to the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and graduated with a degree in international relations.

5. Aubrey Plaza

Twitter /  @evilhag

Although it pains us to see her as anyone other than April Ludgate, Aubrey Plaza has become even more famous since her days on Parks and Recreation. Since Parks and Rec ended, she’s starred in several Hollywood blockbusters including Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Ingrid Goes West. Plaza attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts from 2003 to 2006, and while she was there performed at the venerable Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, doing improv and sketch comedy.

6. Christy Turlington

Instagram /  @cturlington

American-Salvadoran supermodel Christy Turlington was first discovered by a photographer when she was riding a horse in Miami, Florida. She was under 16 at the time, and for the next two years spent most of her after school time and summer vacations modeling. She moved to NYC when she was 18 to pursue a modeling career full-time. Although she didn’t attend a traditional college, she later enrolled at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a school that’s famous for allowing students to essentially shape their own degrees. Turlington graduated with a degree in comparative religion and Eastern philosophy.

7. Eva Longoria

Instagram /  @evalongoria

Eva Longoria has been a well-known TV actress since her time on The Young and the Restless back in 2001. After she left that show in 2003, she signed on to play Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives, which ran until 2012. This Tejano beauty has been a hard worker from early on, working at Wendy’s for three years to earn enough money for her quinceañera. She attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and earned her degree in kinesiology before getting her masters in Chicano studies at Cal State Northridge.

8. Rosie Perez

Twitter /  @rosieperezbklyn

Former The View host Rosie Perez has been a Hollywood and Broadway stalwart for decades now. Born in Brooklyn, and strongly identifying as a Nuyorican, Perez grew up all over Brooklyn and Queens before moving to Los Angeles for college. She appeared in a ton of different music videos after being scouted at a dance club, but now says that she only danced to relieve stress while she was doing her undergrad in bio-chemistry. She has been an active supporter of Puerto Rican rights all her life.

9. Tatyana Ali

Instagram / @tatyanaali

Panamanian-Trinidadian actress Tatyana Ali was born in North Bellmore, New York, and started her acting career at an extremely young age. She was a child performer on Sesame Street, but made her acting breakthrough when she was cast as Ashley Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Although she’s been acting since she was a kid, she took time out of her career to attend Harvard, where she got a degree in African-American and Government studies. She’s currently married to an assistant professor of English who teaches at Stanford.  

10. Soledad O’Brien

Twitter / @soledadobrien

Soledad O’Brien, who currently helms the nationally-syndicated Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, attended Harvard-Radcliffe College. She actually dropped out right before she graduated to take her first TV job, but went back to finish her degree 12 years later, in 2000. She has five siblings, all of whom graduated from Harvard as well.

11. Oscar Isaac

Twitter / @realoscarisaac

Oscar Isaac was actually born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada. He came to the United States from his home country of Guatemala when he was only 5 years old. He was a class clown growing up, and was eventually expelled from grade school. He joined a band in high school, but eventually gave up music to attend the acting program at the Juilliard School in NYC. Since then, he’s been in tons of movies including Inside Llewyn Davis and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

12. Sara Ramirez

Instagram / @therealsararamirez

Mexican-American activist and actress Sara Ramirez is definitely a triple-threat. She played the original Lady of the Lake in the Broadway musical Spamalot, is still remembered fondly from her days on Grey’s Anatomy, and released her first solo EP in 2011. She’s also a passionate LGBTQ activist and works with several organizations to advocate for equal rights around the world. She graduated from the elite Juilliard School with a BFA in Dramatics.

13. Jordana Brewster

Instagram / @jordanabrewster

As an actress, Jordana Brewster has really done it all. She’s appeared in soap operas, horror films, indie dramas, and finally the action franchise The Fast and the Furious. After more than 14 years with the franchise, she was written out after Furious 7. She’s appeared on multiple lists of the sexiest women in the world, but she’s got brains as well. She graduated from Yale in 2003 with a degree in English.

14. Laz Alonso

Instagram / @lazofficial

Another popular actor that’s also appeared in the Fast and the Furious franchise is Laz Alonso. He first got his start hosting shows on the BET network, and eventually moved on to roles in movies like Stomp the Yard and Jarhead. He comes from a Washington, DC-area Afro-Cuban family, and was an investment banker before he became an actor. He graduated from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing.

15. Victor Cruz

Instagram / @teamvic

After a near-record-breaking 131 catches during his college football career at UMass, Victor Cruz was first drafted by the New York Giants. After finishing his degree, he went on to play as a wide receiver for both the Giants and the Chicago Bears before retiring in 2018. He’s currently an analyst for ESPN.

16. Benjamin Bratt

Instagram / @benjaminbratt

All millennials will remember Benjamin Bratt, the hottie who played Sandra Bullock’s partner in Miss Congeniality. This American-Peruvian silver fox also spent four years as Det. Rey Curtis on Law & Order. He grew up in San Francisco, and attended UC Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He planned on doing a Master’s degree in theater, but left the program before he graduated to appear in the TV movie  Juarez.

17. Dania Ramirez

Instagram / @daniajramirez

Actress Dania Ramirez was born in the Dominican Republic, but moved to the United States as a teenager to study acting. She ended up graduating from Montclair State University in New Jersey, having played varsity volleyball for most of her college years. She’s appeared in TV, movies, and music videos, and has also modeled for CoverGirl.

Latinas Are Sharing What Their Eyebrows Tragically Looked Like When They First Tried Anastasia Dipbrow

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Latinas Are Sharing What Their Eyebrows Tragically Looked Like When They First Tried Anastasia Dipbrow

We all know that eyebrows trends are cyclical. For every decade that there’s a pluck-everything-out-and-sharpie-it-on trend, there’s another that’s all about the au naturel “Blue Lagoon” look. For example, back in the 90s, the look du jour was pencil-thin arches that Latinas like Christina Aguilera and Cameron Diaz favored. But as the 2000s wore on and celebs like the Kardashians and Cara Delevigne grew in popularity, it was no longer the style to have barely-there brows. Instead, the fashion was big, bold, and bushy. And for those of us who were not naturally blessed with bushy brows, the only option was to march our butts into Sephora and invest in some Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Dip Prow Pomade. 

Anyone who’s tried ABH’s infamous Dip Brow Pomade knows that it takes a light touch to skillfully apply the makeup and avoid looking like Oscar The Grouch. With this particular brow pomade, a little goes a long way. But when you’re scrolling through Instagram for hours and seeing all of the Baddie Influencers in all their brow-licious glory, it can be easy to get carried away with your spoolie and angle brush. Hence, the over-filled brow trend was born. 

Naturally, with the advent of social media, all of our embarrassing eyebrow-related missteps are now documented publicly for the world to see forever. 

Recently, Twitter celeb @cakefacecutie posted an all-too accurate Tweet about the way her eyebrows used to look.

The tweet referenced the aforementioned Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Prow Pomade that had virtually taken over Instagram a mere few years ago. While the rest of us were trying to forget the brick-like ombre eyebrows that looked like they’d been tattooed onto people’s faces, @cakefacecutie was reminiscing about the good ol’ days.

Who knows how the over-drawn brow look started? A more natural-looking brow has come back into style since then, rendering the “Baddie” eyebrow look obsolete and embarrassing. But at the time, it had taken over the makeup world’s aesthetic pretty quickly and with a vengeance. We all knew that girl (or were that girl) who was walking around with perma-RBF because her brows were penciled into a terrifying scowl. 

Obviously, @cakefacecutie’s tweet struck a chord, because soon her followers were sharing their own personal stories of their eyebrow evolution.

It seemed as if Twitter users were practically jumping at the chance to chime in with their makeup horror stories. 

Even this girl’s cat was side-eyeing her questionable eyebrow decisions. 

Of course, there were more than a few Latinas who shared their pics of their too-thick fake dark brows.

Let’s be honest: Latinas have never really been able to resist a thick brow (we’re looking at you, Frida!)

Back in the day, it seems as if no one was immune to the shiny allure of the dip-prow pomade!

As we said before, we blame the trend on the emergence of Cara Delevigne as Tumblr’s new It girl. We all wanted bold brows and if we had to resort to Sephora to get them, then that was just the risk we were willing to take. 

How could we forget the concealer-under-the-brow look?

Of course, an over-done eyebrow look wouldn’t be complete without “carving out” your eyebrows with a too-light concealer to really define the look with sharp edges. Because heaven forbid one hair is out of place.

As more and more people added their memories to the Twitter thread, the photos became funnier and funnier.

Maybe the Universe allows bad brow trends to happen so we can laugh about it years later on Twitter? Just a thought.

Some people’s pictures honestly looked like they were joking, the photos were so over-the-top:

There’s something about eyebrow trends that makes people go blind to the oddity of what they’re doing to their faces. And so many of us were walking around like this without anyone stopping us. Let’s be honest: friends don’t let friends overfill their brows with ABH Eyebrow Pomade. 

Unfortunately, because of the way fashion works, we’re sure that we’re currently indulging in some sort of trend that will make us look back and cringe in years to come. Maybe it’s our beloved high-waisted jeans, or the drawn-on freckles, or the resurgence of the 90s face-framing tendrils. But, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all be roasting ourselves on Twitter for thinking we looked good.

This Latina Got A Text From Her Ex Right Before His Wedding Day And Twitter Is Wrecked

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This Latina Got A Text From Her Ex Right Before His Wedding Day And Twitter Is Wrecked

What would you do if an ex of yours were to hit you up out of the blue? To some it might not be a big deal, to others, it might be a little weird, and to many, it might just be a little random.  

Added plot twist: what would you do if an ex of yours were to hit you up right before his wedding day? What are you supposed to do in a situation like that? Alexa, play “Someone Like You” by Adele. 

Last week, Twitter user Alexsa Sanchez Aquilar tweeted out a text she received from an ex right before his wedding day.

Yup, you heard that right.

In a post to her Twitter feed, Sanchez Aquilar shared that her ex texted after out of the blue. The day before his wedding.  the “I’m getting married tomorrow. I wanted to send you this message. (My fiance knows I’m sending this to you) Thank you for being my first love. Thank you for always encouraging me, thank you for keeping me out of trouble, thank you for the times you took care of me when I was sick, and depressed. Thank you for loving me. If you haven’t already I hope you one day find love,” the message says.

While the woman who shared the tweet didn’t say much when sharing the initial screenshot beside “i–i’m speechless” –– other people on Twitter had a lot of mixed reactions as the tweet quickly went viral.

The really long message from her ex goes on to say, “If you loved me that much when we were young I can only imagine how strong people and powerful your love is now. The way your heart is made it’s amazing. I know we were only kids when we dated but you taught me what love is. To the man who is lucky enough to have you as their wife I hope he treats you with care, I hope he knows who he has in front of him, I hope he shows you love and loyalty every day. You deserve that and more.”

“My point in all of this is, you are the reason why I know how to love someone. You taught me love, you taught me how to deal with my anger, how to deal with my depression and how to live life to the fullest and I’m grateful for you. I wish you love and happiness.”

BuzzFeed, who first wrote about the viral tweet, also reached out to Aguilar for comment. “At first, I didn’t know what to say. I started crying when I read the text –– it warmed my heart that I helped him be a better version of himself.”

But of course, many didn’t share Aguilar’s sentiment had questions about why the ex felt the need to send her a text the day before his wedding?

Like, should Aguilar have been like “congratulations, but are you sure about getting married?”

While some understood where @masonrain_ was coming from, they felt that perhaps the ex-boyfriend was simply reflecting and expressing his gratitude toward Aquilar –– even if the timing felt a bit sketchy.

But @masonrain_  flat out thought it was disrespectful to both Aguilar and the fiancé. It got people thinking and arguing about whether you’d be a little thrown off if your partner told you that they’d be reaching out to their ex the day before your wedding?

Ultimately, many Twitter users disputed these sentiments and arguments pointing out that in a lot of cases, breakups and past relationship make can make us stronger and that reflecting on them and growing from those mistakes is a good thing.

Plus, while some relationship may have ended badly –– you don’t always have to hold on to resentment or residual feelings of animosity for the rest of your life.

It sounds like Aguilar and her ex-boo went through a lot during their time together as a young couple, and it sounds like they look back at it fondly rather than negatively.

For one, Aguilar tells BuzzFeed that the texts weren’t weird at all –– despite everybody else’s two cents about the situation. She tells BuzzFeed that she and her ex had helped each other through difficult times. “We helped each other heal, I feel like no matter what happens, he and I will forever have respect towards each other,” she said.

Like Aguilar said we can all benefit from a broken heart and allow ourselves to see why a relationship might not have worked out and chalk it up it as a lesson learned.

I wanted to show that just because things don’t work out with someone, that doesn’t mean you should have hate towards them,” Aguilar said. “Regardless of everything, you were meant to be a part of that person’s life, and them, yours.”

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