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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.

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


‘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


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.