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25 Latinx Red Carpet Fails

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Ah, the red carpet. It’s a place for celebrities to look their best. But let’s be honest, even the best dressed stars have been known to commit a fashion faux-pas from time to time. Whether it’s taking a pajama look to the red carpet (hello Camilla Cabello!) or just missing the mark (Luis Fonsi, anyone?) these red carpet fails show that even god-level latinx make mistakes sometimes.

Latinx celebrities are known to take chances, but sometimes this trailblazing can be seen as a fashion FAIL. Who knows, maybe in many years some of these looks will be viewed as iconic, just like JLO’s trailblazing green Versace.

The 25 red carpet fails are:

1. Camila Cabello at the 2018 Brit Awards

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Normally the definition of red carpet style, Cubana Camilla Cabello showed up to the 2017 Brit Awards in London looking like she just rolled out of bed. This night gown inspired dress is frumpish in all the wrong places. Her midriff is needlessly exposed, and a barely-there back is doing her no favors. This look is more ready for a pajama party than the red carpet.

2. Stephanie Beatriz at 2017 Upfronts

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This Brooklyn Nine-Nine star seemed to be doing her best Joker impression in this high-slit dress by Zhivago. While the Gotham City look might be fitting for Halloween, this sequin number is out of place at an event presenting network prime-time lineups to advertisers. The tasteful Jimmy Choo shoes nicely balanced out the supervillian look.

3. Chucho Flash at 2018 PJ Bash

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Cuban Chucho Flash came in at bit top heavy at the 2018 PJ Bash presented by Univision. While the distressed white jeans and Gucci belt are classic, he wore a bit too much bling on the top. The effect is heightened by his wearing a black top against white jeans. The result? Chucho Flash looks like he is about to fall over.

4. Paula Galindo at the 2018 MTV Millennial Awards

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Colombian Youtuber and model Paula Galindo showed up to the MTV Millennial Awards wearing a very ambitious Tommy Hilfiger dress. The dress, which is an amalgamation of the Colombian flag and the Tommy ‘T’, makes the normally fashionable Paula look like a pop art Halloween costume.

5. Manu Manzo at the 2018 Billboard Latin Power Players

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Venezuelan born Manu Manzo is an artist on the rise, and her red tiger-stripped two-piece body suit certainly makes her a stand-out, although not in the way she intended. Appearing at the 2018 Billboard Latin Power Players party in Miami, Manu Manzo looked ready to pounce.

6. Motiff at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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Producer Arbise Gonzalez aka Motiff showed up to the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards wearing this over-the-top wresting themed outfit. While the Giselle Aboudi jacket is a stand-out, the outfit as a whole doesn’t quite mesh.

7. Gina Rodriguez at the 2018 SAG Awards

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Latina actress extraordinaire Gina Rodriguez got photo-bombed at the 2018 SAG Awards by legendary Merryl Streep. It’s nearly impossible to find Gina out of place: her style, voice, and attitude are always on point.  The only failing here is not recognizing that the multiple-Oscar-winning actress Streep was standing next to her.

8. Jennifer Lopez at the Time 100 Gala

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Latina icon Jennifer Lopez aka JLO never has a fashion fail on the red carpet. Her looks are iconic, and have an influence on entire generations. That’s why it takes the outfit itself to cause a fail. Seen here on the red carpet of the Time 100 Gala, JLO is seen tripping over herself! It seems the outfit was too elaborate for even JLO’s lithe legs to handle.

9. Camila Mendes at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards

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Riverdale star Camila Mendes flew into the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in full “goodnight moon” mode, sporting this space inspired dress by Reem Acra. While the embroidery is beautiful, the structure of the dress does Camila no favors. The dress seems more fitting for a pajama party (with Camila Cabello?) than a prestigious fashion award ceremony.

10. Luis Fonsi at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

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Singer Luis Fonsi showed up at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in this offset monochromatic theme. The black tie on black shirt combo makes his face look washed out, giving the effect of Fonsi disappearing behind his outfit. An admirable attempt that was overshadowed by…

11. Luis Fonsi at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards After Party

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And after the awards show, he Luis Fonsi changed into something well…even worse than his awards show outfit.  Luis Fonsi showed up t2018 Billboard Music Awards After Party looking like a lost piece of luggage. The overwrought patches on his shirt put him somewhere between Boy Scout and a suitcase covered with stickers from exotic places. His overly distressed denim seemed ready to give up on him as well.

12. Francia Raisa at the Marie Claire Fresh Faces Party

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Actress Francis Raisa showed up at the Marie Claire Fresh Faces Party wearing this pink ruffly disaster. The multiple layers in the mid-section make Francia’s body disappear, and not in a good way.

13. Joss Favela at the Latin AMAs

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Singer Joss Favela showed up to the Latin AMAs in this embroidered tuxedo. While it was definitely a choice, the angel on the pants looks super out of place. Joss looks more like a super hero than red carpet ready. However, the plain black slippers nicely balance out the over-the-top nature of his tuxedo.

14. Becky G at the Latin AMAs

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Singer Becky G wore this sequin disaster on the Latin AMA red carpet. Half S&M half sequin bigfoot, this outfit is a big question mark. It only makes sense next to friend Joss Favela’s equally disastrous outfit.

15. Gloria Trevi at the Latin AMAs

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Mexican singer-songwriter Gloria Trevi wore this Michael Cinco gown to the Latin AMAs in 2018. While the dress accents her strong shoulders, ultimately the look is more pink flamingo than Mexican princess. The frills and embroidery make this look over-the-top.

16. Francia Raisa at Harper’s Bazaar Icon Party

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Francia Raisa makes her second appearance on this list with this tale of two dresses at the Harper’s Bazaar Icon Party. While Francia claims it’s “business to the left, party on the right” this dress is really just a mess. Her dark makeup makes her disappear into the dress, like Edward Scissorhands on the red carpet.

17.  Prince Royce at the Latin American Music Awards

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Singer-songwriter Prince Royce showed up to the Latin American Music Awards in this head to toe monochromatic affair. The pants seem inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” outfit, but this outfit is no thriller. A dash of contrast could make Prince Royce stand out on the red carpet.

18. Lele Pons at the 2018 MTV Millennial Awards

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Influencer and Latinx celebrity Lele Pons had a fail on the red carpet…but it wasn’t necessarily a fashion fail. While her Sentiments Couture jumpsuit was absolutely smashing, her balance was not, and she took a dive on the red carpet, documented on her Instagram.

19. Michelle Rodriguez at UNICEF Sardinia

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Actress Michelle Rodriguez showed up to a UNICEF in this dress / gold napkin. The only real way to describe this dress is awkward. With a high slit, and a sash of gold fabric at the neckline. But it’s ok, if she spilled anything at dinner, the gold napkin would catch it.

20. Zoe Saldana at the 2010 Oscars

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Actress Zoe Saldana has become the quintessence of style in recent years, gracing countless magazine covers and stunning many runways. But it wasn’t that long ago that her looks were out of control. Take this example from the 2010 Oscars. Zoe looks straight Sesame Street in this gold and purple outfit.

21. Zoe Saldana at the 2013 Oscars

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Not wishing to be outdone by her 2010 Oscars outfit, Zoe Saldana showed up three years later wearing this white and black mess to the 2013 Oscars. While a step in the right direction, there are several critical missteps here, including the (glitter?) belt around her midsection. Thank goodness Zoe has taken her fashion in a completely new direction!

22. Jessica Alba at the WF Central Bejing Opening

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Normally stunning and elegant, Jessica Alba showed up to this hotel opening looking like a pop art version of Raggedy Ann. Her multilayered dress becomes an optical illusion if you stare at it too long, but Jessica should rest easy knowing that this dress was only seen by a Chinese audience.

23. Demi Lovato at the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball in Los Angeles

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Demi Lovato is a serial red carpet offender, but this outfit at the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball in Los Angeles might take the cake. Was it inspired by a Middle Eastern Sari? How do we explain the plain gold leg? It was impossible to find the designer of this monstrosity probably because no one wanted to take credit.

24. Rocsi Diaz at the FX Snowfall Premiere

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TV host Rocsi Diaz showed up to moderate a panel at the FX Snowfall Premiere in these flowing yellow pants and sequin sports bra / top. Together, they make her look like a bizarre version of a mermaid, which was not what she probably intended.

25. Christina Milian at the Nylon Magazine Girl Party

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Rounding out our list is actress and singer Christina Milian in this military inspired garb at the Nylon Magazine Girl Party. Christina wears this alice McCALL military inspired outfit with and without a layered trenchcoat. She proudly boasts #nostylist, probably because no stylist in their right mind would ever send a client out in such a hideous outfit.

Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

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Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Netflix has officially selected a Latina to keep the legacy of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla, alive. For its highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series,” the big-time streaming platform has tapped Christian Serratos, AKA Rosita Espinosa of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series.

Twenty-four years after her tragic death Selena is, once again, being brought back to life on the screen.

Little information has been released by Netflix about the series, but Serratos casting will undoubtedly launch quite a bit of chatter.

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The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online. Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

While buzz online hasn’t quite ramped up, we’re pretty sure once news of the casting catches on Latina Twitter will be doing the washing machine for days.

And it appears Serratos has the Selena Fan Club seal of approval.

And it’s no wonder why! Serratos cuts a pretty uncanny resemblance to the Tejano beauty.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

Like literally people are bummed.

Pero… like I said! Serratos as Selena will totally be worth it.

(Jeeze… wonder if she’ll die by zombie attack?)

But there is a silver lining to the upset.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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