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These Latina Celebs And Foodies Want You To Know Why They’re Never Dieting Again

My mom is Latina and I cannot remember a day in my life that she wasn’t on a diet. Some of them were mainstream, like Atkins and Weight Watchers, and others were just drinking a single, basic soup recipe for months, not eating bread, not eating fruit, and so on. Many of us know what it’s like to grow up watching our mothers try to make themselves smaller. Many of us, including Latina superstars Camila Mendes, Jessica Alba, and Demi Lovato, went on to develop eating disorders and some serious body dysmorphia. Here’s how they are trying to change that.

So I have questions. Did our moms grow up with coming home from school to hear, “tan flaca, come mija” and then wake up to, “dale, gordita”?

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Or did they just adapt within two cultures: one that celebrates un plato lleno, and another that celebrates flaca-ness? We’ve inherited the same beautiful assortment of Latina bods but we don’t have to inherit the diet culture. It’ll take some courage and vigilance to uproot our self worth from our bodies and replant into a place of inherent birthright (especially when everyone and their mother’s need to comment on your appearance), but si se puede.

1. Demi Lovato reminds us that #DietCulture dies here with us, because we have a different model of health.

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Health is not about thigh gaps, small waists, or the perfect curves. Health looks like loving the one body you have, and the generations of women and men before you who thrived and passed this gift onto us. Lovato has been one of the most honest and open celebrities about their recovery, and she reminds me that recovery isn’t perfect. Sometimes we look in the mirror and self-criticize on default. It’s OK that it takes work to undo the harmful messages we’ve internalized over the years. We get to choose what kinds of role models we have. #TeamLovato #ByeKardashionPops

2. Camila Mendes: “I’m done believing in the idea that there’s a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort. “

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Camila Mendes admits that playing the mini-skirt clad Veronica Lodge on Riverdale has challenged her eating disorder recovery and made her stronger.

She’s also a huge advocate of sharing only an honest public image and even went to war with Cosmopolitan Philippines for photoshopping her waist line to be smaller than it is.

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Her costar, Lili Reinhart, wrote an impassioned Instagram post about the issue near and dear to both their hearts, “Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have. It’s an everyday battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.”

Mendes also opened up about her experience with eating disorder recovery in the most healing detail we could hope for that sparked a #donewithdieting movement.

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It’s all about loving yourself as you are and finding a healthy way to maintain a healthy life.

3. Jessica Alba: “with treatment I have now conquered the fear that drove me to become dangerously thin.”

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While training for a role in 1999, Alba became obsessed with exercise and weight loss. The Mexicana star told Glamour magazine, “I got obsessed with it. When I went from a girl’s body to a woman’s body with natural fat in places, I freaked out.” Now she’s successfully founded The Honest Company, which focuses on natural beauty and products that improve physical health, not a perceived appearance of it.

4. Naya Rivera, “One day I just decided to see how long I could go without eating.”

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It wasn’t until Rivera started writing her autobiography, Sorry Not Sorry, did she realize how severe her eating disorder as a teenager truly was. “I was so young and it just seemed to be the norm. Everyone was going through similar stuff,” she tells PEOPLE. “I had no way of knowing if I was going through it worse. I was juggling my feelings and it makes me sad that there are girls still going through that 15 years after I went through it.”

She also says, “By the time I was a sophomore, I had started feeling that what had begun as a game had maybe gone too far. I just avoided food at all costs.”

5. Rocsi Diaz reminds us that the mental illness is driven by who we see in magazines.

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Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, Rosci Diaz suffered from anorexia in high school while on the cheerleading team. She told ET “I was obsessed with looking at the magazines and seeing how I can get skinnier. I would look at girls like Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton and I saw how skinny they were and I thought that was the norm.”

Don’t fear, food bloggers are here!

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Boricua, Desiree Rodriguez, a.k.a. Rican Vegan, is the guapa to follow. She even has a 7-day meal plan for anyone just starting out on a plant-based diet, and you won’t be eating a bunch of salads. Find Puerto Rican flag color cherry and coconut ice cream bars, non-dairy coquito and all the ‘pork’-based recipes for the boricua in you.

Looking for packable lunch recipes?

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Latina mom, Laure Fuentes, is all about creating healthy lunches for her kids (and her self). The key? Find someone who isn’t worked up about the calories in the food, or any kind of diet restriction at all, really. Only restriction here is lunch better be pretty. 🙂

Find yourself a food blogger who inspires you to be the best version of yourself.

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Because our worth is so much more than our bodies. Plus, thigh gaps are a total colonization of the non-white body, and we need to surround ourselves with people who see how body obsession as an installment of the patriarchy to distract us from wage gaps.

Plus, we celebrate Equal Pay Day on April 10, but that’s just the symbolic day for how far into the year white women must work to earn what men earned in the last year. For Latina’s, that day is November 2nd. I could go on, but let’s reign it in.

So here’s all of our medicine: do the self work to pass on healthy body images to all the niños in your life.

1. Fill up your feed with bopo warriors like @thisisjessicatorres and @projectheal.

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Torres,  by the way, is a freakin’ fashion icon and deserving of all your likes. I want every single outfit she wears.

2. Read from authors who self-define as “fat fly.”

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i.e. Read Yesika Salgado’s book of poetry that celebrates our bodies, our culture, and our strength through all the heartbreaks. Her work will heal you and her Twitter handle, @YesikaStarr, will light a fire in you on the daily.

3. Throw away your scale.

If the number on the scale determines your self worth, liberate yourself and throw it away and trust yourself to know intuitively what health looks like for you. That could mean eating foods that make you feel more energized, have fewer cravings, help you sleep better and feel healthy.

4. Get the therapy you need.

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We’ve been told all of our lives how to look and it might require professional help. Seriously. All the palo santo, sage and seances in your house won’t do it.

5. Eat and be happy. 🙂

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Nourish that body that has taken you so far in life with a healthy plato of carne asada, nopales and plenty of warm tortillas.

6. Thank yourself for loving yourself, and rewatch Real Women Have Curves.

We want to hear from you! What other recovery tools have you used on your journey? Comment below with tips, books, IGs, and whatever words of wisdom you have to offer.

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


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

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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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This Was A Rough Year And These Are The Celebrities And Icons We Were Forced To Say Goodbye To In 2020


This Was A Rough Year And These Are The Celebrities And Icons We Were Forced To Say Goodbye To In 2020

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There’s no denying that 2020 has been one hell of a year. It seemed like everyday we were waking up to some new shocking headline about the election, the pandemic, racial justice, or celebrity death.

Not only did the year 2020 take our sense of normalcy right out from under us, but it also took with it some of our most iconic and beloved stars, celebrities, and icons.

Sadly, we’ve said goodbye to too many to include all of them here but from Kobe Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash in January to the tragic loss of Glee star Naya Rivera, we have many to pay our respects to as we look back on those we lost in 2020.

Kobe Bryant

The NBA star died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA, in January. Kobe was traveling with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. The aircraft reportedly crashed “amid foggy conditions” and a small brush fire erupted. There were no survivors.

Naya Rivera

The Glee actress was found dead on July 13, five days after she went missing while boatingwith her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey (whom she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). She was 33 years old.

Ruth Badger Ginsburg

The Supreme Court justice and women’s rights pioneer died at age 87 on Sept. 18 after battling metastatic pancreatic cancer.

“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement, per The New York Times. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as T’Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died at age 43 in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

His death caused an outpouring of grief from fans around the world and it’s completely altered future plans for the Black Panther series.

Regis Philbin

The famed television host died of natural causes at age 88 on July 24. He was well-known for his decades-spanning career and particularly his time on the Today show with Kathy Lee Gifford.

Natalie Desselle Reid

Deselle-Reid died in early December at age 53 after a private battle with colon cancer.

She was best known for roles on the UPN series Eve (2003-2006) and the Robert Townsend-directed 1997 comedy B.A.P.S., in which she played a waitress in Georgia who ends up caring for a Beverly Hills millionaire and living the life of “Black American Princesses.” The cult classic famously co-starred Halle Berry.

Diego Maradona

The Argentinian soccer legend died on November 25 at the age of 60. The former athlete, who famously scored the “Hand of God” goal during the 1986 World Cup, reportedly suffered a heart attack three weeks after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Alex Trebek

Sadly, the world was forced to say goodbye to iconic Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek after he battled stage four pancreatic cancer. He passed away at the age of 80 and his death was reported by the show: “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show’s official account tweeted on Nov. 8. “Thank you, Alex.”

Sean Connery

The actor, best known for playing James Bond, died at age 90 on Oct. 31. James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement: “He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Doreen Montalvo

Known for her roles in Madame Secretary and The Good Wife, Montalvo died in October of a stroke at just 56 years old.

Montalvo’s manager, Steve Maihack, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “She was having quite the year with two films in the can and a new Broadway show … but she would be so happy to know she will live on through these projects and the outpouring of love from every corner of the business.”

Anthony Galindo Ibarra

Anthony Galindo, popularly known as El Papijoe, was a popular model, singer, and actor from Venezuela. Beginning in 1995, Galindo was part of the last stage of Latino boy band Menudo along with his teammates Abel Talamántez, Alexis Grullón, and Didier Hernández. 

Galindo died at age 41 after being hospitalized for injuries suffered in a suicide attempt the previous week.

Eddie Van Halen

The Van Halen guitarist died of cancer in October. He was 65.

Little Richard

The legendary and iconic “Tutti Frutti” singer died from bone cancer on May 9. He was 87 years old.

John Lewis

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The congressman and civil rights icon died at age 80 in July after battling stage four pancreatic cancer. John Lewis was a legend in the fight for equality and helped give hope and also real tangible rights to countless Americans in his battle for equality.

La Parka

The famous wrestler, whose real name is Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza, died in January of injuries related to an in-ring accident. Reports indicate he was 54 or 55.

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