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21 Times Hipsters Ruined Latino Culture

Hipsters have a habit of ruining Latino culture. You only have to go on Instagram or Facebook, and you’ll see a ton of memes and photos highlighting the many ways hipsters culturally appropriate things from South America.

Some of these are hysterical. We’re sure you’ll relate to what we’re talking about. Let’s dive in!

1. Pairing High-Quality Colombian Coffee with Avocado Toast

Credit: Cortado, avocado toast. Digital Image. Flickr/ T.Tseng. October 6, 2015

How many times have you seen freshly brewed Columbian coffee on social media- to have the image ruined with hipster health crazes like avocado toast? Kale salad? Or, some kind of meal served in a mason jar? Urgh.

2. Facial Furniture

Credit: Man. Digital Image. PxHere. 3rd July 2017

Whether you’re a fan of facial furniture or not, it’s safe to say hipster beards had a predecessor- the Latin American mustache.

3. Expensive Avocados

Credit: sliced green avocado fruit. Digital Image. Unsplash/@thoughtcatalog. April 6, 2018

Avocados have been a staple ingredient in Latin American cookery for centuries- well before hipsters got a hold of them. Unfortunately, their surge in popularity has forced their price up, drastically!

4. Overpriced Artisan Food Trucks Selling ‘Mexican Food’

Credit: Mexican Food. Digital Image. Unsplash/ @paulavermeulen. September 19, 2017

Once upon a time, South American laborers would stop for lunch and visit a food truck and enjoy a cheap, practical, and authentic meal. Whereas now, if you visit a ‘Mexican’ food van, you’ll often find an overpriced miniature restaurant!

5. Quinoa

Quinoa- another example of Latin American food that became a Hipster food craze. Dubbed the ‘miracle grain from the Andes,’ – again it became so popular it tripled in price!

6. Glorious Ponchos

Credit: Woman Standing Surrounded by Trees. Digital Image. Unsplash/ @tamarabellis. November 28, 2017

The poncho (also known as a serape) was worn for generations in Southern American culture- way before hipsters claimed them as their own.

7. Large Hoop Earrings

Credit: Gold Hoop Earrings. Digital Image. Pixabay/sarakgraves. May 12, 2016

News flash! Hipster women didn’t start the large ‘edgy’ hoop earring ‘trend.’ These accessories are a long-standing fashion statement in Latino culture.

8. Overcomplicated Tacos

Credit: Board of Four Soft Tacos on Table. Digital Image. Unsplash/ @misswattson. December 9, 2017.

Traditionally, tacos were simple. Now, you’ll walk into a hipster-inspired restaurant and see a menu full of tacos infused with goodness knows what!

9. Frida Kahlo Merchandise

Credit: Frida Kahlo. Digital Image. Pixabay/ Katchi. September 2018.

Urgh. If we see another Frida Kahlo poster in a hipster coffee bar, or one more decorated phone case, notepad, or vintage-looking T-shirt with a print of Frida Kahlo’s face plastered all over it- we’re going to scream!

10. Overpriced Coconut Water

Credit: Person Holding Bai Antioxidant Cocofusion Drink Bottle. Digital Image. Unsplash/ @kalvisuals. June 5, 2018

At what stage did coconut water cost the earth? We remember a time where you could walk into a Latino grocery store and drink coconut water straight from a coconut- for next to nothing! Thanks, hipsters for ruining that.

11. ‘Street Corn’

Credit: close photo of grilled corn. Digital Image. Unsplash/@photo4msnp.  August 6, 2018

This cracks us up.  Mexican corn on the cob isn’t a thing! So many trendy ‘Mexican’ restaurants have named ordinary corn on the cob ‘street corn.’ This isn’t a thing! It’s a great snack, but corn isn’t a massive deal in Mexico.

12. The Commercialization of Lucha Libre

Credit: Man in Mask Inside Wrestling Ring. Digital Image. Unsplash/@joehernandez. March 4, 2017.

Lucha Libre was once a traditional family event. Now in many corners of the US, it’s more like a traveling hipster circus! Not cool.

13. Chia Seeds

Credit: Chia. Digital Image. Pixabay/ValeriaJa. March 1, 2017.

Latin Americans have eaten Chia seeds for centuries; they were a delicacy enjoyed by the Maya and Aztecs. These days, you’ll find these goodies sprinkled all over hipster-esc lattes, smoothies, overnight oats, [insert chic sounding refreshment here], etc.

14. Pan Dulce

Credit: Concha (pan dulce mexicano). Digital Image. Wikimedia. 3 April 2015.

You can’t blame hipsters for enjoying Pan Dulce- it’s delicious. For those of you who don’t know, this refers to a variety of Mexican pastries: besos, conchas, and cuernos- among others. These kinds of bread are some of Mexico’s cheapest yet tastiest treats!

15. Clothes Dripping in Huipil

Credit: Huipil San Antonio Aguas Calientes Front Detail. Digital Image. Wikimedia. 11 June 2012

High street stores are selling designs influenced by Huipil patterns. Indigenous women of Mexico initially wore these. What’s the betting these hipsters have no idea where these ‘bohemian’ designs originated from?

16. Cinco de Mayo Isn’t Mexican Independence Day

Credit: Person Wearing Skull Mask Costume Sitting on Bench. Digital Image. Unsplash/@sidelinejones. February 2, 2018

Cinco de Mayo is often confused by hipsters as Mexican Independence Day. It’s not. Plus, it’s not just an excuse for people to stuff their faces with tacos and knock back margaritas. This day celebrates Mexico’s victory during the Battle of Puebla (1862).  This was a big deal because a tiny Mexican army managed to defeat a larger French force. How cool is that?

17. Chola Style

Credit: Vintage Madras by Polo Ralph Lauren. Digital Image. Flickr/ Robert Sheie. November 1, 2012

Everyone’s donning Chola style. Hipsters are rocking freshly painted eyebrows, huge hooped earrings and chequered shirts with the top button done (draped over a white tank top).

However, we urge hipsters to take a second to consider the historical roots of the ‘Chola’ aesthetic. It’s not just a fashion craze. Rather, it’s a genuine identity stemming from Latin American history and culture.

18. Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos)

Credit: Mexican Day Of The Dead. Digital Image. Flickr/Eva Rinaldi. December 6, 2014

Día de Los Muertos (also known as Day of the Dead) has become a favorite with millennial hipsters. However, a good proportion of them don’t know the difference between this and Haloween- despite wearing a Calavera as a costume.

19. The Commercialization of Pinatas

Credit: Pinata. Digital Image. Pixabay/kliempictures. Jan. 2, 2017

Okay, this may seem a little silly- but bear with us. A pinata used to be precisely that, a pinata. Now, you can get all kinds of things to hit with a stick: love hearts, Halloween-themed ghouls, unicorns- you name it! What’s wrong with a traditional pinata?

20. Grasshoppers

Credit: Green and Orange Eastern Lubber Grasshopper. Digital Image. Unsplash/@vincentvanzalinge. October 31, 2017

Grasshoppers (also known as ‘Chapulines’) are an ancient snack, Latinos have enjoyed for centuries. You’ve probably seen plenty of new-age travelers taking snaps if their gap year in South America. For them, eating insects is a novelty. Whereas, for many, this was a way of life- way before it became ‘exotic.’

21. Churros

Credit: Churros on Chopping Board. Digital Image. Unsplash/@huibscholten. September 19, 2017

There’s a good chance you’ll see tons of images of hipsters enjoying churros as street food- especially during the winter. However, this isn’t culturally accurate. Fresh churros are traditionally a breakfast food dipped in thick hot chocolate. Yum!

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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