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20 Latinos Who Have Spoken Out About Being ‘Latino Enough’

If you’re Latino-American, you’ve probably felt, or even been called out, for not being ‘Latino enough’ or even ‘American enough.’ Growing up Latino comes with its own set of insecurities because there is no question that we aren’t as connected with our roots as our parents, or theirs, or theirs. We get to take the best from the culture we live in and the culture we grew up in and create a new one.

Hear this and let it sink in: You will never be any less Latino no matter what language you speak, or what anyone tells you. If you don’t believe me, hear it from the greats.

1. Selena Quintanilla

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The Selena was accused of not being Latino enough because she didn’t learn Spanish growing up, but remained proud and true to her Mexican roots: “Although my Spanish is a little weak I feel that I am Mexican.”

2. J.Lo

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Then, Jennifer Lopez got flack from the press to play Selena in the 1997 film. All because she “didn’t speak very good Spanish — which Selena [Quintanilla] didn’t either.”

3. Gina Rodriguez

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Jane the Virgin star told HuffPost Live, “You want to tell me I’m not Latino enough? I am as Latina as they come. And I am not defined by anybody’s definition of Latina.” Even better, she said, “I’m going to be reprimanded by a culture that I’m supposed to support and is supposed to support me because of the way I was raised? That is too limiting. That is unfair.”

4. Camila Mendes

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Riverdale star, Camila Mendes, told People Chica, “I often hear things like, ‘You don’t look Latina enough, ‘ and that mentality is so backwards. The fact is: I am Latina, so how are you going to tell me that I don’t look Latina?”

5. Cardi B.

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Cardi B. has been through it for being Afro-Latina. “Just like everybody else, we came over here the same fucking way. I hate when people try to take my roots from me,” she told CR Fashion Book.  “I really just want people to understand that the color that I have and features that I have are not from two white people fucking.”

6. Bella Thorne

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Back in 2015, mitad-Cubana, Disney star Bella Thorne told HuffPost Live, “You don’t have to be brunette to be Latin. It’s just a fact: I’m naturally blonde, and Cameron Diaz is Latin, she’s Cuban and she doesn’t look Latin. People ask me all the time: How did you have a quinceañera if you’re not Latin?”

7. Demi Lovato

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“I’m really proud of [my heritage], especially the way that the Latin community is kind of taking over and rising above politically,” she told HuffPost. “Even though I don’t speak fluent Spanish, I love singing in Spanish. I love being able to represent the curvy sassiness of a Latina woman. It’s just a part of who I am, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent that.”

8. Eva Longoria

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Eva Longoria is one of our favorite Latinas on screen. She told O, The Oprah Magazine, “I’m proud to have a Mexican heritage, and I’ve always deeply rooted my identity in it. Then, about ten years ago, I went to Mexico … when I got there, I was perceived as American because I didn’t speak Spanish and at the time knew very little about the history of Mexico. Yet in America, I was considered Mexican because of how I looked and my last name. It was confusing. I thought, ‘If I’m not Mexican, and I’m not American, who am I?’”

9. America Ferrera

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Apparently, that feeling is mutual America Ferrera told Contact Music, “There’s this tug-of-war between two cultures. Am I Latin? Am I American? What the hell am I? I love my culture and I’m very proud of my culture. I want to learn so much about where my family is from and my roots and to know Spanish. But when you’ve lived your entire life in American schools, you don’t get that.”

10. Rosario Dawson

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Dawson told Latina Magazine, “I think being Latina is about having pride in your heritage. Although I am not a fluent Spanish speaker and I can’t make every dish without a recipe, I am 100 percent Boricua and I am proud of that.”

11. Dascha Polanco

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Orange is The New Black queen told Vivala, “When you look at Latinas who are succeeding in Hollywood, they’re super thin and you really can’t tell if she’s Latina or not.” She told Vibe, “If I’m not American enough and I’m not Latina enough, then what am I? I’m just nothing.”

12. Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera is half Irish and have Ecuadorean and proud of it, but has faced the “enough” cirticism countless times. She told Latina,  “I don’t speak the language fluently… I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone. I know who I am. All I know is no one can tell me I’m not a proud Latina woman… I dove headfirst into a Spanish-language album for that reason and I’m planning another one even though I don’t speak the language. I’m sure that doesn’t sit well with some people.”

13. Kat Von D

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Beauty visionary Kat Von D told People en Español, “Throughout my entire life, people have assumed that I am only white and part of me gets frustrated because I would not be who I am if it were not because I grew up in this [Mexican] culture. I always say that I am Latina, but I have a stronger connection with Mexico, where I was born. There is a visual richness in that culture that inspires me a lot and can be seen in my work.”

READ:  20 Pictures From Kat Von D’s Wedding You Probably Didn’t See

14. Lauren Jauregui

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Cuban-American Fifth Harmony star clapped back at a radio piece based out of Spain that questions the legitimacy of American celebrities’ latinidad.

She tweeted, “An article based off of opinion. I feel Latina because I was born in a Latin family. I speak the language, I cook the food. I have been part of the Latino community in Miami since I was born; I have always had them around me. Anyone could tell you that.”

15. Christina Milian

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Christina told Huffington Post, “As far as Afro-Cuban [goes], I’m finding more and more that there’s people opening their eyes to seeing that. Latinos come in all colors, all shades…. You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters. Same parents, but we just vary in color, shapes and sizes. But we’re still Latinos — that doesn’t change a damn thing. You can tell it’s in the core of our blood.”

16. La La Vasquez

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La La wrote an essay for Latina, “The character can be Puerto Rican and speak Spanish just like me. But Hollywood defines Latina as Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara. As beautiful as they are, we’re not all one race in Latin America. But I don’t go to auditions so that I can give history lessons to film executives.”

17. Becky G.

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In an essay for PopSugar, Becky G. wrote one of the best essays of all time. Here’s the bombshell: “The truth is, the lack of language knowledge does not lessen the Latin blood running through our veins or the stories our last names carry.”

18. Gina Torres

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Actress Gina opened up in a Black and Latino video to tell the world that, “When I became an actress, I quickly realized that ‘the world’ liked their Latinas to look Italian. Not like me. So I wasn’t going up for Latina parts…Regardless of the fact that I spoke the language and understood the culture better, those weren’t the parts that I could take seriously. Suddenly I had to explain why I look the way I look.”

19. Jessica Alba

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As a third generation Mexican-American, Alba understands the complexities around living in two cultures. She told Glam Belleza Latina, “I’ve always felt closer to being a Latina than anything else, because I grew up with my dad’s family, who are Mexican American. I never really identified any other way.”

READ : 20 Facts About Jessica Alba That Might Surprise You

20. Laz Alonso

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“You’re not one or the other,” Alonso told NBC Universo. “You’re both. And you should be proud of being both. And not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

People Lost It When They Saw Michael B. Jordan Eating Tacos At A Truck In Miami

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People Lost It When They Saw Michael B. Jordan Eating Tacos At A Truck In Miami

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Here at mitú, we love our tacos. They’re pretty much the perfect food. A soft corn or flour tortilla filled with your choice of chicken, carnitas, beef, veggies and pretty much anything else you can imagine topped with pico de gallo, salsa, cilantro, and avocado? Um, excuse us while we drool. We aren’t the only ones who crave a good taco though.

Celebrities aren’t immune to their siren’s call. The only difference is, they usually look a lot hotter while eating them than we do. 

Take, for example, Michael B Jordan. The “Black Panther” star was spotted getting some late-night tacos over the weekend and we can totally relate to his need for a midnight snack. 

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According to PAGE SIX, Jordan rolled up on Saturday night at Keith Menin’s Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami, Florida. Dressed casually in shorts and a T-shirt, the actor arrived at the taqueria around 1 am in a black SUV with his bodyguard and four friends. Jordan enjoyed tacos, burritos, guacamole, and frozen margaritas as he chilled out with his friend group. TBH, It sounds like a pretty great Saturday night to us. 

Sources say that Jordan was friendly with other restaurant-goers, flashing his signature smile at the many girls who walked by his table to get a sneak peek of the star. 

“He was being friendly, smiling back saying hi,” said the PAGE SIX informant. “Very low key. Very nice all around.” 

This Jordan taco sighting got us thinking about other celebrities out there, chowing down on tacos while looking amazing. 

So, we decided to compile a list of some of our favorite photos of celebrities taking down one of our most beloved foods. Be warned: this list is sure to make you hungry in more ways than one. 

1. Kylie Jenner

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We don’t usually require a cowgirl hat when enjoying some Tex-Mex food, but it does make for a nice photo op. In this pic, Kylie Jenner wears a sparkly, silver cowgirl costume as she takes down a four-count of tacos. Get your grub on, girl. 

2. Karlie Kloss

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Some people don’t worry about getting messy when eating while others take a more dainty approach. Model Karlie Kloss seems to be one of those delicate types. Still, we have to admit it’s a cuter look than being covered in guacamole. 

3. Chrissy Teigen

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On the contrary, there’s something really attractive about someone who isn’t afraid to go for it. That’s Chrissy Tiegen all the way. We aren’t even going to touch on how suggestive that taco’s filling looks but we’re all thinking the same thing. 

4. Justin Timberlake

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What did Justin Timberlake do when he won a 2014 People’s Choice Award? He went to Taco Bell to celebrate. While we wouldn’t call the fast-food chain our favorite place to grab a taco, we do have to appreciate JT for keeping it real. There’s definitely something sexy about that. 

5. Michelle Obama

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We didn’t realize it was possible to be elegant while stuffing one’s face with tacos, but former First Lady Michelle Obama has proved us wrong. We have to acknowledge the beauty and grace she has while tasting this treat. We could never be this composed mid-munch so we’ve got to give her props. 

6. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez isn’t afraid to eat and there’s something appealing about that. For a past birthday, the singer and actress opted for a non-traditional cake to show off her taco appreciation. Instead of icing, she went in on a taco cake made up of Jake In The Box’s vegan tacos. 

7. Jared Leto

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Next time Jared Leto digs into some scrumptious tacos, we’re going to need him to pull his luxurious locks back into a bun. Still, we appreciate the gusto he’s snacking with. 

We may be divided by differences in customs, beliefs and social standing, but one thing in universal: tacos are delicious. 

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An Instagram User Tried To Shame Adrienne Houghton For Not Having Children And Latinas (And Her Husband) Rose To The Occasion

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An Instagram User Tried To Shame Adrienne Houghton For Not Having Children And Latinas (And Her Husband) Rose To The Occasion

Adrienne Houghton is being shamed for not having children, and her husband is not having it. On Sunday, The Real co-host posted a boomerang on Instagram of her and partner Israel Houghton sharing a sweet kiss on their wedding day three years ago during a Seine River boat ride in Paris. 

Houghton’s post quickly generated a discussion about mom-shaming after one user made a comment.

“The best yes. 11:11. I love you more than ever,” the 35-year-old actress captioned the post. “Best decision I’ve ever made. There will never be another. You and me. Eternally,” Houghton, 48, responded in a comment.

The charming visual, which showed the Eiffel Tower in the background, mostly received kind, congratulatory remarks. However, because someone always has to rain on happy people’s parade, there was one troll who questioned why after three years of marriage Houghton hasn’t yet had a baby.

“3 years and no kids,” commenter @tysonleelee wrote, adding a few sad emojis.

There’s so much wrong with the unsolicited statement. To start, it’s intrusive. Just because the Puerto Rican-Ecuadorian celebrity is in the public eye doesn’t mean her private life is open for comment or questions. Even more, it’s insensitive. The commenter has no idea if Houghton and Houghton have been trying to have children, and remarks like such could feel like jabs during their struggle to reproduce. Finally, it’s sexist. Womanhood isn’t tied to motherhood. Houghton, who is a stepmother to Houghton’s four kids from a previous marriage, doesn’t need to bear children simply because she is in a relationship. Women’s autonomy means making our own reproductive choices, which includes deciding whether we, not observers, want to get pregnant or carry pregnancies to term. 

As can be imagined, most people came to Houghton’s defense.

“Can you believe it? People actually get married bc they want to be together and spend as much time enjoying each other’s company,” one commenter responded, suggesting that not all couples get together to form larger families. “There is no time limit on kids and marriage. They are happy and in love. That’s all that matters,” another replied.

Still, no answer was as comprehensive or potent as hubby Houghton’s clap back.

“Tyson, my brother. Do you really want this smoke right now,” the Christian musician started his rant. “I’m gonna let you go and find something worth worrying about. In the meantime, and in-between time: May I suggest perhaps an online etiquette class? Couple things you don’t inquire about — women’s age, women’s weight and as someone eloquently put it in these comments — unless invited STAY OUT of a women’s uterus.”

Houghton, who also noted that people never know a couple’s private struggles with starting or expanding families, politely told the commenter to worry about his own life and be kinder and gentler to people.

“Maybe find a girlfriend or a wife and worry yourself to your heart’s content about her pregnancy journey and plans,” he said. “By the way, when we do announce a pregnancy, I expect nothing but polite well wishes from you. If you’re planning anything other than that, thou shalt be blocked life. May the Lord God bless you real good as you go find a good thing/wife. Thanks.”

Houghton, who also compassionately responded saying she and her man are madly in love and are in no rush to have children together, has in the past spoken out about her troubles conceiving. In a September 2018 segment of her talk show, the “Cheetah Girls” star discussed how difficult it has been for her to get pregnant, how insensitive people could be about it and why she remains faithfully trusting in her God.

“I think as an audience, we should be sensitive to the fact that everybody doesn’t get pregnant right away,” she told co-host Loni Love. “I think, for myself, I thought it would happen so easily for me, and it just hasn’t happened that way.”

Despite the difficulty and haters, though, the Latina said she is hopeful that she will birth a child of her own one day.

“I’ve had to come to peace that it will happen when it’s God’s timing,” she said. “I believe in that and I have faith in all of that, but it can be really discouraging and it can be really frustrating. I would love nothing more than to be a mom, but I want it when God wants it for me.”

Houghton and her husband aren’t new to fans dissecting and criticizing their relationship. The pair started dating soon after the singer-songwriter divorced his ex-wife of 21 years. Together for just under a year, the two wed in a small and charming ceremony in Paris in November 2016.

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