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These Male Fitness Instagram Models Are The Kind Of Fuego You Need On Your Timeline

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We see you eyeing the eight pounds of tamarindo candy, but life is all about balance. These hot, fit Latino fitness gurus on Instagram will inspire you to try your best and reach for all of you fitness goals.

Basically, this page is for you to enjoy while you eat all that Vero Mango and de la Rosa this month. Happy snacking.

Elias Athe

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With over 144k followers, Elias is freakishly ripped. Personally, he might also be my style icon. Like, wait till you see that haircut under that very cute hat.

Pablo Alfaro

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Guadalajara based Pablo Alfaro won Mr. Mexico 2018 this year, for the most obvious reasons ever. Open your eyes. This guy’s a winner.

Brett Hoebel

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Hoebel is the Brazilian yogi known as the trainer for NBC’s “Biggest Loser.” His Instagram is basically a feed of him and his partner doing acrobatic yoga that is very impressive. He also offers 20 minute online training programs online.

Alexis Vazquez

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With almost 100k followers, this 22 year old Mexicano is famous for being one superhero of the five “Wapayasos y Horripicosos.” He’s in a very sexy clown group that aims to teach good values to children (and win over their moms into forcing them to watch the show, IMO).

Jeff Ferreira

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This Brazilian gone New York based model has almost 900k followers and counting. He doesn’t have to be famous for anything other than his body and we stand by that.

Darian Alvarez

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He once worked in the corporate role but gave it all up to focus on his fitness. Today, he owns one of the most popular gyms in Miami, where he is also a personal trainer. His transformation is amazing and inspiring.

Piero Renero

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I mean, need I say anything? Piero won Mr. Model Mexico for doing more than striking a pose. These bodies all take work.

Don Saladino

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Don Saladino “trains superheroes.” Literally. He is the celebrity trainer for Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Ray Donovan.

Luis Gutierrez

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Luis is your classic Instagram model. He just looks good, and is an openly gay Colombiano. Trust, his feed flaunts it and I’m here for it.

Diego de Tovar

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Diego is an actor for Telemundo and played Xavier in Netflix’s “Opening Night” in 2016. He also chills poolside for the benefit of male oglers around. I’m guessing that’s you, if you’re reading this.

Edgar Ramos

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Male fashion and fitness model Edgar Ramos is proud to be Mexican. Wait till you check out his feed. I want that “Mexican Lover” sweatshirt.

Jorge Eduardo Rivera Lara

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Rivera is more of an up and coming fitness model, but note that his posts do not disappoint. Plus, his piano playing will melt your heart.

Gustavo Castrejon

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Based in the Yúcatan, Gustavo prides himself in being an online coach. That’s right Americanos, you can talk to this veiny, ripped dude from the comfort of your de la Rosa littered couch. My guess is you have to be down to train, so ball’s in your court.

Isaac

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Again, ladies and gentz, I did my best here to find you some man candy to join your candy candy fest. Isaac is a #LatinoWhoLifts …and benches …and inspires, etc.

Javier Ibarr

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Based in Mexico, Javier has the finer appreciation for life. He also shares on his Instagram story all the healthy foods he preps himself and the knowledge he’s gained from 12 years of training.

Egg

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Army vet Egg loves Texas, loves his dogs and loves lifting weights. I’ll be honest, the Army uniform is what got me. Check it out, mi gente.

Howar

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This one is for my mamis out there. Howar is the father of three children and cares about “gym y más gym” according to his Instagram profile.

@gmalexjr

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Don’t fear. His Instagram is private but this Mexicano will inspire you to go to the gym, or keep eating tamarindo. We support either/both.

Alvarez Rodrigo

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No, he’s not big in the fitness community, but if you’re like me and feel nothing but fear around super big guys, Alvarez might be more your type. Yes, this is effectively an anonymous Instagram Bachelor’s roundup.

Bret Contreras

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Bret is here to reclaim my dignity. We hope that seeing photos of people carrying heavy things on their shoulders and flexing their muscles inspires you to make whatever you want of life.


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Victoria’s Secret Is Officially Eating Its Words After Hiring A Trans Model To Represent Its Brand

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Victoria’s Secret Is Officially Eating Its Words After Hiring A Trans Model To Represent Its Brand

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Several times in the past, Victoria’s Secret has come under fire for the hiring practices of their models. For instance, the underwear company has been accused of not hiring women of color — especially dark women — for their campaigns. Also, they have made disparaging comments before about hiring plus-sized and transgender models to display their products. 

However, with the addition of its newest model, it seems that the brand has had a change of heart– or is, at least, trying to win back ours.

Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio has been confirmed as the first trans model to be hired by the company for any of their lines or campaigns.

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Last week, the model posted a photo of herself on her Instagram, causing fans to speculate about the collaboration. In it, Sampaio tagged Victoria’s Secret’s Insta and added the hashtags #vspink, #campaign, and #diversity. She also posted a video of herself days later with the caption “Never stop dreaming genteee” along with the hashtags #staytuned, #vspink and #diversity.

Despite these posts, her partnership with the lingerie brand wasn’t confirmed until Monday. 

Sampaio’s agent, Erio Zanon, confirmed with CNN that the model has been hired by Victoria’s Secret for a campaign. The campaign is set to be released in mid-August 2019 and the brand’s popular PINK line is reported to be its target.

Hiring the Brazilian as a new face of their brand is a huge departure from Victoria’s Secret’s very recent exclusionary stance.  

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Back in 2018, Ed Razek, the chief marketing officer for Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, created controversy with certain comments he made during an interview with VOGUE. When asked about adding plus-sized models and trans models to their yearly Victoria’s Secret special or to their advertisements, Razek rejected the idea. 

“It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this?” the marketing officer asked hypothetically. “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special.”

Razek later apologized for his comments after the trans and LBGTQ communities pushed back on his offensive words. In his official statement, he clarified: “My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show came across as insensitive. I apologize. To be clear, we would absolutely cast a transgender model for the show.”

Supporters of the brand’s decision to hire Sampaio were quick to celebrate the partnership for the history maker that it is.

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Fellow Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro sent her congratulations to the newest Victoria’s Secret’s model on her incredible news. In a tweet from her personal Twitter account, the Latina posted a screenshot of an article describing the Latina’s new job with the caption, “First transgender to shoot with Vs! This makes me so happy!” We’re ecstatic that Sampaio has the support of other models during this new and challenging role. 

Fans on Twitter were also happy to learn of Victoria’s Secret’s historical hire and shared their hope that it would lead to other important diversification.

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 As this tweet points out, the hire is way past due. Our society is becoming more noticeably diverse and, with the change in dynamics, our marketing and entertainment should also reflect these differences. Just like this Twitter user, we are looking forward to the day that Victoria’s Secret hires plus-sized women, more Black and brown women, and disabled people to rep their runways. 

Still, we can’t help but admit that this hire could partially be driven by the poor reaction to their earlier anti-trans sentiment. 

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Twitter user points out that the lingerie brand has been losing big money for a while now. After a disastrous 2018, Victoria’s Secret announced in April of 2019 that they would be closing over 50 stores by the end of the year. This inclusion of a trans model could be seen as pandering to an untapped demographic in order to get their sales up. 

However, we’re reminded that progress is progress no matter how it comes about. 

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Whether this is a hire with an ulterior motive or not, the fact that Sampaio has been brought on as the first trans model for Victoria’s Secret is huge. Progress should be celebrated no matter how it comes about and we’re certain that Sampaio will make a heavenly addition to the lingerie brand’s team.

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She Shared Stories Of Being Fat-Shamed At The Doctor And Fear Of Wearing A Two-Piece Then, Jessica Torres Accidentally Built One Of The Biggest Body Positive Communities

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She Shared Stories Of Being Fat-Shamed At The Doctor And Fear Of Wearing A Two-Piece Then, Jessica Torres Accidentally Built One Of The Biggest Body Positive Communities

Maybe we all deserve hundreds more Jessica Torres to remind us that this world and its fashion isn’t just for las flacas. Jessica Torres is a plus-size model and body positive activist who isn’t going to be shamed for hiding her nalgas or accentuating the “right” curves. We have all the curves which means they’re all right.

Jessica Torres is keeping it real and combatting fat shaming by just straight up loving her self and her body. She’s calling out magazines every time they reshape a woman’s mind to cover their belly or show it off. She’s posting images of the “most unflattering outfit for [her] body type” to prove a point to the fashion industry. Fashion for plus-size women shouldn’t be about how to best cover and mask their bodies. It should be about fashion. If Jessica Torres isn’t the most fashionable chingona from the Bronx, we don’t know who is. I said it.

Her journey towards crop tops wasn’t out of self-love, but rather a love for fashion.

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She started her plus-size style blog to show off her outfits and inspire other plus-size women to live “fashionable fat lives,” she writes for HipLatina. Her blog was meant to be a stepping stone to get a job in fashion. 

Torres essentially became a body positive advocate by accident.

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“Any plus-size body that grows a following on social media and takes full body pictures is instantly labeled a self-acceptance warrior,” she said. She was just wearing bright colors and modeling off the clothes that inspire her, and a social media following just naturally happened.

Still, she didn’t love her body.

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But she did notice that she was holding herself back from embracing a diverse range of fashion because of her “body type.” Magazines love to dress women like they’re fruit: pear shapes, apple shapes, etc. Instead of dressing women for fashion, the clothes are meant to hide certain parts of their bodies.

Once she realized she was holding her fashion style back because of the “hate” she had for her body, she knew she needed to change.

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Like so many of us, she didn’t walk outside in a crop top and a skirt for the first time feeling confident and gleaming with body positivity. But you fake it till you make it, and now, Jessica Torres identifies as a self-acceptance advocate.

For every outfit she was afraid to wear, she had the courage to open up about it on social media.

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She started sharing stories of being fat-shamed at the doctor and saw the comment threads as a communal space of support and inspiration for other ladies living while fat. When she was afraid to wear a two-piece for the first time, she wrote about that, too, and found other women who gained the courage to do the same in solidarity.

As her following grows, she’s also experienced fat-shaming within the body-positivity community.

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Her body was always being compared to Ashley Graham’s or Iskra Lawrence. When Torres went up a single size in pants, she noticed how society still only accepts certain curves that are deemed beautiful. Meanwhile, others promote obesity. 

Torres is staying present to the hypocrisies and to her self.

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Caption: “Throwing it back to that time I was butt nekkid and wet and Kelly told me to sit on her lap.”

Being a social media influencer hasn’t made her any less real.

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Torres has partnered with Mod Cloth, Dove, and JcPenney to promote body positivity. She’s sharing her insider tips for strapless bras with the thickest, most comfy straps. She’s also still a person who tells publicists she farted. 😂

She’s not playing like her life is all together.

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While this would be very disappointing for all our mamis to read, it is deeply comforting to us all who have been traumatized by Saturday limpias. Where’s the link, Jessica?

Jessica Torres is the boss of all of us, and that’s how we like it.

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Tell me more about how I can all parts of myself, not just the ones that make me look like an hourglass. Who chose hourglasses as the epitome of sexiness anyway? All we know is that self-hate is a time thief and we’re done robbing ourselves of love, time and fashion, thanks to Jessica Torres.

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