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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.

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

Women are a driving force for change. It has been proven time and time again in history. LGBTQ+ Latinas are part of this tradition whether it is in activism, media, or representation in comic books. Here are 9 LGBTQ+ Latinas who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz is known for her character Rosa on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The actress wanted to create a character that someone like her could relate to and she made it happen. Rosa came out in the show as a bisexual Latina and it gave Beatriz a chance to play a character that reflects her real identity. For the first time, bisexual Latinas have someone on television that speaks to a very real and important identity.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson publicly came out of the closet as bisexual in 2018. The actress revealed her relationship with musician Janelle Monáe and fans were there to support her. Thompson made a real splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she portrayed Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” She will be slaying again as Valkrie in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo is unapologetically trans and fighting for trans lives and rights. Salcedo founded the TransLatin@ Coalition to create a network for trans Latinas to connect and help each other thrive. Salcedo is often in protests for trans lives including against Pete Buttigieg during a CNN/HRC Town Hall.

Victoria Cruz

Victoria Cruz is a gatekeeper of LGBTQ+ history. The indigenous trans woman was there for the start of the Gay Liberation movement in 1969. Cruz has been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Cruz has continued to her fight for trans rights even in the face of transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community. As the LGBTQ+ community tends for forget its history, Cruz is here to remind them of how important the trans community is in gaing LGBTQ+ rights.

Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera first came into everyone’s home as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This was before she started her transition. Since embarking on her transition journey, Carrera has had a very successful career as a supermodel, became a stepmother, and has been championing trans rights in the U.S. and Peru. The activist has spent years breaking down stereotypes about trans people wherever she goes.

Salice Rose

Salice Rose is a major name in social media. With more than 16 million followers on TikTok, Rose has created a place for people to feel safe and included. Using comedy and her spirituality, Rose has been able to tackle important issues, like coming out.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera was tapped to write for the America Chavez comic book in a move by Marvel that was widely celebrated. Rivera was able to give American Chavez, a queer Latin superhero, an authentic voice. Rivera is also the author of “Juliet Takes A Breaths.’ The young adult novel follows a Puerto Rican girl who comes out to her family right before going to an internship on the other side of the country.

Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez is a famed photographer and artist that has displayed work around the world. The art critic Barbara Calderon wrote about Gutierrez’s identity that has been an elusive yet broad identity. Calderon spoke of terms used to identify oneself yet none seemed to accurately describe who Gutierrez is.

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is an Afro-indigenous Colombian Canadian musician who is transforming Latin music, especially the scene with her sexuality. The queer musician is unapologetic about her identity for the sake of visibility. Pimienta feels a need to stay ver visible to change the long-running history of no queer visibility in media.

READ: Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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