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These Are Just A Few Of The Reasons We Are In Love With Xiomara Villanueva From ‘Jane The Virgin’

Xiomara Villanueva is our favorite mom on TV (or maybe she’s tied with her daughter Jane, who can say). Maybe it’s because she had Jane when she was only 16 years old, maybe it’s her singing career, or her lighter-on-the-rules approach to raising Jane. Either way, Xiomara Villanueva deserves 22 slides of her own.

Here are Xiomara’s best mom moments from the last four seasons of “Jane the Virgin.”

1. When virgin Jane found out she was pregnant and Xiomara started confessing all her sins to her…

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This is the moment we fell in love with Xiomara “Xo” Villanueva. She thought her daughter was a “religious messiah” and we all were crying of laughter. Guess all that religious talk from her mother, Alba, actually got to her.

2. She’s spying on Jane, like, 34 percent of the time.

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Cute boy at the door? All the women in the house know about it, no need to dish the details. Literally, Jane’s mom is there for it all.

3. When she tells Jane, “The best way to get over a man, is to get under a new man.”

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Moms have the best advice, IMO. Those are words of wisdom I will surely pass on to the next generation. ?

4. “Only 5 more minutes of pain for a lifetime of happiness.”

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When Xo flies from her Vegas show just in time to tell Jane exactly what Alba told her in her last few minutes of labor. Who was not weeping at this moment?

 5. Xo really comes through with mom wisdom for Jane.

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There’s no beating around the bush. Xo is looking out for her kid to make sure she’s taking care of herself, because that’s the only way to be a good mom! (her words, please don’t fight me fierce mamas).

6. We cannot forget the time Xo started singing Kelis’ “Milkshake” at Jane’s quinceñera.

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Jane resented her for years for the embarrassment, but then later learned that Xo was just saving Jane the embarrassment of seeing her crush making out with another girl at her party. #MomOfTheYear

7. That time Xo called Jane “Old Lady Jane” at her bachelorette party.

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THANK YOU, Xo! Help the girl get drunk on her last night of singledom! Though, in the interest of defending Jane, Xo messed up real good earlier in the day…

8. When she accidentally sent a Don Quixote stripper to Jane’s class.

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Jane was teaching the class and the TA advisor needed to spend the day rethinking Jane’s employment. Yikes! So, Jane was waiting for the call that she can keep her job. Not such an old lady concern.

9. But then Xo accidentally left this voicemail for Jane’s advisor.

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It’s a classic My-mom’s-drunk-and-technologically-challenged-please-don’t-fire-me line. JK, Jane had to bargain with her step sisters to steal his phone before he could ever listen to the voicemail. They were all drunk at this point.

10. To be fair, Xo has a history of sending strippers to Jane’s parties…

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Like that time 21 yo Jane assumed the officer at her door for a noise complaint was the stripper her mom ordered and started dancing with him and… fired his gun into the roof? And then fell in love and married him? Strippers are a solid theme in the Villanueva family.

11. When Xo comforted Jane after she kissed her advisor’s sweater.

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In all the ways Xo has screwed Jane’s relationships with faculty, she also has been there to comfort Jane after she misread her sexy advisor’s signals and went in to kiss him…just as he swerved in for a hug. Don’t look at me.

12. And teams up with Alba to teach Jane “tough love.”

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This episode was set up like a sports game, and Jane kept failing to ignore Mateo while he cried through the night. Also, Xo, as exhausted as you seem, she wakes up like that?!

13. When the whole fam started crying when Jane’s milk came in!

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Xo is probably even more thrilled than Jane (but not more thrilled than Alba, clearly), that Jane’s milk finally came in! #TeamJane

14. When Xo convinced Alba’s online and old-time fling to fly to the U.S. for a date.

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The man is only 1 of 2 men Alba ever slept with and is allegedly cursed…and una pendeja it turns out. But hey, Xo is always going to support a sexy Alba!

15. Our hearts broke when Xo ended things with Rogelio…

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After she learned that Rogelio still wanted children, and she knew she didn’t want anymore. That’s one strong woman.

16. But then, they got back together and Xo had a dreamy, fairytale wedding!

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And not without having to fight some people who were agist af. Xiomara had the other Villanueva women to keep her on track with what she wants, not what anybody else thinks.

17. Oh, and Rogelio had a baby with another woman (long story).

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And Xo caved into the hilarious photoshoots that Rogelio set up for his loved ones. The theme for these two were, “Unlikely Pairs”. Such a sport, Xo, lmao.

18. Baby “Mean Girl” Xiomara taught Jane a lesson or two in the ways of mean girls.

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When Jane had to deal with her evil twin stepsisters, Xiomara tapped into her younger self to get in the minds of present day mean girls…and it totally worked! #TeamXo

19. Xo is always there with some amazing advice for the bedroom.

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Who else wouldn’t love for their parents to be so sex positive. It would have saved a lot of awkward conversations.

20. When Xo wore her fashion sneakers for a Black Friday done right.

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JTV knows how to do product placement, and honestly, show me a Latino family that doesn’t make Target the center of the world. Not mine.

21. Xiomara Villanueva is hands down the best granny to baby Mateo.

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I mean, especially when it’s in comparison to a murder-y, ruthless, eye-patch and hook wearing step-grandma.

22. And the Villanueva family wouldn’t be the same without her.

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If you’re not all caught up on JTV just yet, we won’t spoil anything for you (but I mean, come on, take a sick day already). Xiomara Villanueva is the rock of this family and leaves a huge impact on all four generations of Villanuevas. #VivaXiomara!

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Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen


Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen


It’s no secret that over the past few decades, people of color worked to fight for equal representation on screens both big and small. While, of course, there have been great POC and LGTBQ relationships on television there’s really been a spike in the spectrum of representation since our early years watching television and learning about relationships.

Recently, we asked Latinas on Instagram what shows and movies featured their favorite most diverse couples.

And the answers threw us for a time loop!

Check them out below!

“Maria and Luis on Sesame Street.”- melissa_phillips71

“Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is The Bodyguard, they reminded me of my parents and they loved to play the soundtrack.” –millenialmarta

“The leads in Someone Great, Jane and Michael the virgin and the lesbian relationship Gentrified. It’s been 30 years and I finally found characters I can relate to.” –allyss_abyss_

“Most definitely, “Brooklyn 99”: two female Hispanics as regulars and a white person playing a Hispanic (Andy Samberg’s character’s last name is Peralta, which is a Spanish surname).” – seadra2011

“Holt and Kevin(and Rosa Diaz) have changed the way people have perceived gay couples and gay people. Nine Nine!” –chaoticbiguy

“The first on-screen presence that made me feel seen/represented period was @justinamachado ‘s character on One Day At A Time. A Latina veteran struggling with her mental health while trying to juggle school, work, love, and family? And as a main character? Whew….“-vieja.metiche

“Taína! It was on Disney if I remember correctly?? Then @americaferrera in sisterhood of the traveling pants as Carmen. 😭❤️ her life was like mine. Growing up in suburbs but never really having a place culturally.. but my girlfriends still had my back no matter our background.” –chessy__a

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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“Jane the Virgin” doesn’t just give us a telenovela where every mother is a grounded and developed character. It shows America what single latinidad motherhood looks like from birth to vieja-hood. From the wisdom of abuela Alba, to the free spirit of Xiomara and the diplomatic Jane, we see a taste of our own traditions and the evolving methods of Latina motherhood in different generations.

While you have probably never accidentally been artificially inseminated, you’ve definitely felt the same love shown by these tv mamas. They are always there for each other to lift each other up and make life as great as possible. Moms are just like that. Happy Mother’s Day. Even though we might be separated in quarantine, we can still give our moms a sweet memory on this day. Call her and tell her you love her.

We first meet the Villanueva women with their eyes glued to a telenovela, like most Latino families.

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No matter how old you are or how cheesy they are, telenovelas with your mom and abuela are moments we all cherish.

Legit, we have been snuggling with the most important women of our lives for some incredible telenovela drama since we were little kids.

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The Villanueva women even have a long-standing Mother’s Day tradition of binge-watching an entire telenovela series and that’s magical.

ICYMI, Jane was accidentally, artificially inseminated, which is not common.

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Like many of our families, Jane was taught that her virginity was sacred. Unfortunately, a mishap led to her pregnancy without sex. Luckily for Jane and us, Latino families are strong units and we all pitch in when we need to.

But with the help of her mom and abuela, she makes it work.

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They support her going back to grad school. You can bet your mom would babysit your kid while you went back to school, too. Jane’s parenting style is all about leading by example and staying rooted in her dreams pre-Mateo.

We can relate to mami y abuela being high key chismosas.

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Privacy? What privacy?! Even when Jane goes onto the porch to have a “private” conversation, there’s no escaping the curious eyes of the women in her house. If you are feeling triggered, you aren’t alone.

While all three Villanueva women live under the same roof, they have very different parenting styles. Alba is all about the tough love.

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Alba, like our abuelas, like to keep things old-school. Like, she raised your mom so she clearly knows how to raise a child. There isn’t anything wrong with her methods of raising a child. but some times you just have to do things yourself. Jane might not take all of her advice, but that’s just how the modern family unit works, right?

Xiomara, like our moms, lives like a mama bear ready to protect her child no matter what.

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How many times has your mother confronted someone who was making your life difficult? You might feel embarrassed that she is going ham on your teacher or boss, but it is all because she loves you. Let her go all Xo on them. She is only trying to make sure you are always happy.

Whenever there is a hard moment in anyone’s life, mom is always there to do what she can.

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You might have a serious illness or facing some kind of legal trouble and things seem hopeless. However, mom will do anything to make it a little bit better for you. We stick together, we pray together, and put faith in each other.

However you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, consider binge-watching “Jane the Virgin” with your own mom and abuela.

Now, go call your mother because she loves to hear from you.

READ: Gina Rodriguez Stunned Fans At SXSW Saying Hinting That ‘Jane The Virgin’ Is Ending

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