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10 Celebrities Who Are Fighting to Save the Planet

You might love celebrities for the shows or movies they’ve been on, the music they’ve created or their looks but did you know some of them are on the front lines of climate change action? If you didn’t then here’s a list of CAPLESS HEROES in the Hispanic and Latino community that are all about ways to fix the planet and creating a better future for the rest of us.

1. Kat Von D

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Kat is a badass animal rights activist that’s always spreading the message of ethical treatment of animals and veganism. Aside from her vegan beauty brand, she’s been working on launching lines of vegan leather jackets, vegan shoes and makeup brushes free of animal hair.

1. Kat Von D

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This Goth Queen donates some of her lipstick profits to animal rights organizations like Farm Sanctuary and Project Chimp, to which she has donated over $250,000. On top of that, she creates Instagram giveaways to continue raising money to support other animal charities.

2. Gisele Bundchen

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Gisele became an Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program in 2009. Last year she became the 1st recipient for the Eco Laurente award due to her work on the preservation of the Brazilian Amazon Biome. Back in her hometown, she also created the Clean Water Project with the help of her family.

2. Gisele Bundchen

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Gisele has also made lifestyle changes in the past years. She became a vegetarian, started growing her own green and making her own preserves, like jams. Alongside her husband, she helped design her mansion with as many sustainable and recycled materials as possible. She even loves to wear eco-friendly fashion brands like Stella McCartney.

3. Salma Hayek

 
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Salma is a board member of Global Green USA, as part of her work she has traveled to the Arctic to raise global awareness of the consequences of climate change in the area. She has also co-hosted A Bid to Save the World, an auction that helps raise millions of dollars each year for several international conservation agencies.

3. Salma Hayek

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She’s not only concerned for the environment, she has also worked to provide clean drinking water to over 2 billion people, help UNICEF raise money for Syrian children refugees, and co-found Chime for Change alongside Queen B and Gucci, a charity that raises fund to fight against gender inequality with a focus on education and health.

4. Selena Gomez

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Back in 2009, Selena partnered with Kmart to launch an affordable eco-friendly clothing line called “Dream Out Loud“.

4. Selena Gomez

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Selena has also been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2009 and she has helped raise money for childhood malnutrition in Africa and works with the Tap Project to promote the use of clean water.

5. Rosario Dawson

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Rosario decided to co-found Studio 189, a West African based brand that uses fashion to implement social change and sustainable practices. Their main focus is to empower artisans by creating jobs, supporting education and skill training and create an international market for fashion-forward African made pieces.

5. Rosario Dawson

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She’s not only an entrepreneur but a producer and narrator of The Need to Grow, an eco-conscious documentary about the planet’s dying farmable soil. Rosario also used her social media platforms to advocate and inform her audience about climate change and social injustice.

6. Penelope Cruz

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The American Crime Story actress is a strong supporter of Global Green USA, a non-profit organization that fights against climate change. As part of her work to support the organization, she started the Red Carpet/Green Car campaign that switched from limos to alternative fuel cars to transport celebs to red carpet events.

6. Penelope Cruz

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She’s an advocate of animal rights, she worked with PETA on the “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur“ campaign and has even gone above and beyond to make sure animals are treated ethically during the filming of a movie. She’s also an active supporter of UNICEF and other causes like violence against women and research on leukemia in children.

7. Adrian Granier

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Back in 2015, The Devil Wears Prada star partnered with Uber, Dell, and Goodwill to start a tech recycling program in NYC where Uber picks up the waste, leaves it at any Goodwill location and then the parts are reused by Dell in newer models or recycled.

7. Adrian Granier

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Adrian also created SHFT, a platform that teaches how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. The site also has an online store that offers a wide variety of products that go from bamboo speakers to solar powered pendant lamps to eco-friendly beer grooming products.

8. Jessica Alba

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Jessica is the founder of The Honest Company, an eco-friendly online store that sells a wide range of products that go from plant-based laundry detergents to sustainable diapers. The company is also working to increase the percentage of recycled and renewable materials used in the packaging of their products.

8. Jessica Alba

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Meanwhile, she’s constantly pushing her brand to keep giving back to the community by participating in different non-profits, like Baby2Baby, Wayferer Foundation, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As a result, the company has donated 13.5M sustainable diapers + over 2M eco-friendly personal care and cleaning products, since 2012.

9. Cameron Diaz

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She was one of the first celebrities to go green back in the early 2000s. She hosted MTV’s Trippin and traveled around the world to teach about wildlife conservation and renewable energy. In 2009 she filmed Cameron Diaz Saves the World, a documentary in which she tries to start a conversation about the environment.

9. Cameron Diaz

 
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She was one of the first celebrities to start with the hybrid car trend by getting herself a Prius as soon as it was available to the public.

10. Christy Turlington

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The 90s supermodel has partnered with H&M to promote their Conscious Exclusive 2018 collection, as part of their 2030 plan to only use sustainable materials. This new collection uses organic natural fabrics, recycled polyester and even fishing nets found in the ocean to create nylon fibers.

10. Christy Turlington

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As part of her work to improve the standards of the fashion industry, Christy also created a show called Threading: Driving Fashion Forward, which raises awareness on the poor working conditions on the industry’s laborers in developing countries.

‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gets Hit With More Backlash After Using The N-Word On Instagram

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gets Hit With More Backlash After Using The N-Word On Instagram

Somebody get the shovel out of Gina Rodriguez’s hands because she officially went there with anti-black sentiments and said the N-word. Cue tear and the moment she dusts off her Afro-Latina card to excuse herself from backlash.

The former star of CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ has been ruffling feathers in the Black Twitter community for a while. Criticism of Rodriguez and her approach to speaking about and to the Black community goes all of the way back to 2017 when the actress criticized “Black Panther” for its lack of Latino inclusion. During a 2018 press junket, the Puerto Rican actress attempted to “All Lives Matter” actress Yara Shahidi when she was asked about being a role model for black girls When the actress tried once again to. Then, this year the actress was slammed not once by twice within a matter of months after she falsely stated that Latinas are paid less than any other race in Hollywood and then cried during a radio interview and essentially accused the Black community of being too hard on her while also using her father, who she claims is Afro-Latino, as an excuse for not being anti-Black.

Now the actress is facing backlash after posting a video of herself using the N-word while singing.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez posted a video of herself singing along to “Ready or Not” by the Fugees to her Instagram stories.

“Voodoo, I could do what you do, believe me,” Rodriguez sang in the video, “N***** give me heebie-jeebies.” The video stayed up on her stories for 3 hours before it was taken down. Later the actress apologized for her use of words saying in another story that she was sorry for singing along to the lyrics, which doesn’t really address the true issue.

“Hey what’s up everybody I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees to a song that I love that I grew up on. I love Lauren Hill and I’m really sorry if I offended you,” she said.

Many have speculated that Rodriguez thought because she was singing a lyrics she could get away with using the derogatory term.

Others have accused the actress of being flip with her apology.

Nevertheless, Rodriguez’s reaction to backlash is pretty on-brand for her previous anti-Black sentiments.

Check Out These Beautiful Ofrendas Dedicated To Beloved Latino Icons

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Check Out These Beautiful Ofrendas Dedicated To Beloved Latino Icons

As the weather cools down and Halloween pops up on our calendars, there’s another holiday quickly approaching that deserves it’s own attention. Every October and November, people from Northern Mexico and around the world celebrate Día de los Muertos by building ofrendas to honor those who they have lost. Ofrendas are shrines set up with the photos of deceased loved ones along with personal items that they appreciated in life. Originating from the Aztecs, these shrines are meant to commemorate their dead loved ones and guide them home on the one day when their souls can journey from the spirit world to the world of the living. 

While ofrendas often honor deceased family members and friends, it’s not unusual to see alters also set up for famous people who have passed away. Fans build these shrines to celebrities in order to pay tribute to their legacy. These celebrity alters are usually as elaborate and amazing as the famous people they are meant to honor. 

Here are some of the remarkable celebrity ofrendas that prove that fame and the love of their fans are everlasting. 

1. Anything for Selenas.

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Selena is one of the most recognizable celebrities of the Latinidad so it makes sense that she’d have quite a few ofrendas built to remember her. San Antonio’s Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery is a Mexican restaurant that keeps this shrine of Selena up all year long to celebrate the Queen of Tejano. 

2. Dedicated to the icons of Mexico.

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This colorful ofrenda is a reminder that these shrines can be for more than one person at a time. On this alter, Mexican pop culture is represented by superstar actress Maria Felix, comedian and TV star Chespirito (Roberto Gomez Bolanos) and artist Frida Kahlo. Offerings of fruit, food and alcohol adorn this ofrenda to tempt and delight the spirits of these deceased stars. 

3. A shrine fit for a food god.

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Two years ago, the food world lost a huge star with the untimely death of Anthony Bourdain. The celebrity chef was known for traveling the world and learning about local customs and cuisine in such a respectful way that it endeared him to the communities that he visited. This earned him the spot of honor on this ofrenda. 

4. Frida’s ofrenda.

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Frida Kahlo is an artist who has only become more beloved in death. Her image is used in everything from jewelry and makeup to home goods and tee shirts. This shrine pays tribute to the legendary artista with pots of food, Mexican marigolds and skeletal attendants. 

5. An alter for Poet Paz.

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Octavio Paz was a Nobel Prize-winning poet and one of the most influential voices in Mexican literature. His words have been a source of comfort and inspiration to millions of readers over the years. He was also a diplomat and fought against fascism in Mexico and abroad. All these accomplishments deserve to be remembered and Paz is honored in this papel picado-filled ofrenda. 

6. An offering to two legends.

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This past decade, we’ve lost some remarkable souls but none more beloved than music artists Prince and David Bowie. The Prince of Funk and Ziggy Stardust have millions of fans across the world and they are still remembered for being innovators and entertainers. This ofrenda in honor of the two was fittingly built at the Santa Barbara Bowl an amphitheater dedicated to great music.  

7. RIP Tony Stark.

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Sometimes fictional characters touch us so much that they become real to us. So, when a character like this passes away, it’s only natural to honor them the way we would a real person. This Day of the Dead project was dedicated to Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Gone but never forgotten. 

8. Dedicated to las mujeres.

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This ofrenda was built in tribute to powerful Latinas. Women like Celia Cruz, Jessica Torres, Margarita Neri, and Delores del Río are immortalized among other great women who will always have a special place in history and in the hearts of their fans.

9. An icon from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

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Besides ofrendas, grave sites are also decorated as alters for Día de los Muertos. One of the biggest actors of Mexico’s Golden Age of cinema, Pedro Infante is buried in the Yucatan. For the Day of the Dead, his grave site was adorned with Mexican marigolds and candles to guide his spirit back to the world of the living. 

10. The King has entered the building.

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One of the most legendary celebrities to have ever lived is Elvis Presley and the man has become a bigger icon in death. There are still claims of Elvis sightings all over the world. Maybe, those fans are just seeing Elvis’ spirit as he returns to visit the thousands of shrines that are dedicated to him for Día de Los Muertos and year-round.

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