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Some People Were Stanning For This 60-Year-Old Man Who Quit His Job To Become A Makeup Artist

One man is fighting stereotypes and going against the odds to follow his passion.

A former truck driver, Raúl Santiago Garcia, 60, started selling cosmetics as a hobby and now he’s followed his dream and graduated from makeup artistry school in Mexico.

The news of a 60-year-old man going against stereotypes to follow his hobby made headlines across the Internet.

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Translation: Raúl, 60-years-old, decides to devote himself to makeup.

Raúl is from Caborca, Sonora, divorced, and a father of three daughters who now lives in Arizona. He drives semi-trucks for a living and only started selling cosmetics as a side hustle.

He’s got coarse hands, a thick black mustache, wears polos and a hat – not exactly someone you’d expect to be doing makeup. But that’s exactly why he’s pursuing his dream.

In an interview with Proyecto Puente, Don Raúl says: “I do not have prejudices. I respect people for who they are and for their work. If you know how to do it well, keep doing it.” This belief has helped power him through the course even when he may have been super nervous.

Raúl discovered Deysbel Olachea, a professional makeup artist from his hometown, on Facebook.

But tired of simply watching her videos on Facebook, Raúl traveled back to Sonora to meet with her and take one of her intensive courses. He spent three days among brushes, shadow palettes and the company of an entirely female group of students, who quickly welcomed him into the learning process.

For Deysbel Olachea, his instructor, she said meeting him was a huge surprise.

She thought he was going to be younger. She told Proyecto Puente, “It was very funny because the course started on Friday…he arrived early and I was busy doing makeup. He sat in the room looking very intimidated.

In his first class, Raúl says he didn’t even want to touch the model, afraid he would scratch her.

But by the time the class was finished he was full of confidence, according to his classmates. By the time the course was over, Raúl felt like he was in the top of the class and was super proud of his ‘blending’ techniques.

“I was surprised on Sunday, in the classroom, to see my diploma, the photos and all that … my voice broke to speak,” he told Proyecto Puente.

Since his story has gone viral, Raúl has received all sorts of positive messages and support.

However, there is one in particular that stands out to him. He told Proyecto Puente, “I got a message from a gentleman who says he spends a lot of time thinking about makeup, but as a man…’, he tells me. So I returned the message and told him to just do it, to go to work, and do it for him not for what society thinks.”

Many were so glad that a man was fighting against stereotypes.

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He’s helping pave the way for other men to enter the makeup industry!

One Twitter user celebrated Raúl’s decision by reminding everyone that it’s never too late to follow your passion.

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If you have a dream or a passion, it really is never too late.

Some on Twitter were thanking him because his story has them thinking about going back to study!

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Translation: You make me want to go back to study, congratulations!

Others simply wanted to congratulate the man on a job well done!

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And we are totally stanning right there with the rest of Twitter.

But what is most important about his story is that he didn’t care what others would say about him. And this is the incredible impression that many are left with.

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The recent graduate is even fielding calls from a Ford assembly plant in Hermosillo and offices in Colombia – all inviting him to give talks on inspirational leadership.

Bravo, Raúl!

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Mexico Plans To Reopen Cancun To International Tourists But It’s Not At All Prepared For Visitors

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Mexico Plans To Reopen Cancun To International Tourists But It’s Not At All Prepared For Visitors

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There are millions of people just itching for a vacation right now, and Cancun wants to welcome visitors with open arms. However, there’s a huge problem with their plan. Most of the country is still in a severe phase of the pandemic – with all 32 states reporting daily increases in confirmed Covid-19 cases.

In cities such as Guadalajara and Mexico City, even locals aren’t allowed to venture far from their homes and restrictions on shopping, dining, and exercising are still in full force.

However, the country’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), has resumed his cross-country travels and is trying to portray a ‘new normal’ – the problem is little has changed to prevent further outbreaks.

Cancun is aiming to open its doors to tourists from June 10 – but it makes zero sense given the actual situation on the ground.

Quintana Roo, home to the famed beaches of Cancun and Tulum, will resume activities next week – according to the governor, Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez. The state, which depends heavily on tourism, has lost over 83,000 jobs in the last few months due to the pandemic, and with reopening the state could see an economic rebound. However, that entirely depends on the success and implementation of safety measures.

In a press conference, the governor said that tourists could start arriving in the Caribbean destination as soon as June 8th. He added that tourism is an essential activity and that there is no other of greater importance in Quintana Roo “and we are going to fight for it to be considered that way.”

He stressed during the public address that for the opening to happen by June 10th, protocols and hygiene measures must be followed to protect workers and tourists from Covid-19.

And he has good reason to reopen. According to a new survey by Expedia, ‘Cancun flights’ is one of the top 5 searches on the platform. In the same survey, Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Isla Mujeres (all located in Quintana Roo) were announced as three of the most internationally sought after destinations.

Meanwhile, AMLO has launched a cross-country tour touting the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions.

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President AMLO also held his daily press conference from the state of Quintana Roo to mark the beginning of Mexico’s economic reopening and resume his tours across the country.

But this too makes zero sense. Yes, the government has mandated that states can begin lifting restrictions – if they’re no longer declared ‘red zones.’ However, every state in the country is still in the red, with many seeing peak infection numbers.

It’s just the most recent example of confusing messaging from the president.

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While AMLO is eager to get the country reopened and put Mexicans back to work, Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country. Mexico has now recorded the seventh-highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the world, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker, with nearly 10,000 virus-related fatalities and almost 100,000 confirmed cases. Testing in the country is low and health officials acknowledge that the numbers are likely much higher.

The federal government unveiled a red-light/green-light system to implement reopening procedures state by state. But currently every state is still in ‘red-light’ phase – meaning stay-at-home orders are still in full effect – making AMLO’s messaging extremely confusing.

Time and time again, the president has downplayed the virus outbreak and has criticized stay-at-home orders for harming the economy.

Keep in mind, however, that non-essential travel between the U.S. and Mexico is still largely banned.

Since March, all non-essential travel has been banned between the U.S. and Mexico. However, that ban is currently set to expire on June 22. It’s possible both sides could extend the travel ban, but given AMLO’s rhetoric it isn’t likely he’ll keep the country closed to tourists for much longer.

However, it’s important to point that out even if you technically can travel – right now you really shouldn’t. In much of Mexico, confirmed Covid-19 cases are on the rise with many cities across the country just now entering it’s worst phase.

Photographer Diego Huerta Took An Update Photo Of The Most Beautiful Girl In Mexico

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Photographer Diego Huerta Took An Update Photo Of The Most Beautiful Girl In Mexico

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Diego Huerta is a photographer who has used his talents and time to document indigenous communities to preserve the culture and history. One of Huerta’s most famous photos was one of a young girl that he called the most beautiful girl in Mexico. He recently shared a new photo of the girl as a woman.

Diego Huerta shared an updated photo of the most beautiful girl woman in Mexico.

Huerta first met the girl when he was traveling through Mexico years ago. The first photo, posted in 2016 but taken in 2011, highlighted the young woman that he dubbed the most beautiful girl in Mexico. The latest photo shows the girl grown up and still living in her same pueblo in 2017. She is still a stunning reminder of the beauty that exists in southern Mexico.

The woman lives in Chiapas, the last Mexican state before entering Central America by way of Guatemala. There are multiple indigenous communities in Chiapas. While Huerta does not mention the indigenous community the woman belongs to, the clothing appears to represent the Zoque people.

The woman is still creating wander and interest among Huerta’s fans.

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Her quiet and still composure makes her seem like a Mexican Mona Lisa, tbh. Her stoic face in the photographs has captivated Huerta fans for years. The first photo of the young woman was seen around the world and her beauty was celebrated by everyone who saw the photo.

The young girl’s eyes are what drew in the love and praise from people around the world.

Huerta made it a point to call out the young girl’s eyes in the photo. It isn’t because of the color of her eyes. He was intrigued by her eyes because she is deaf and her eyes are one of the ways she is able to communicate with the world around her.

“In my journey through South Mexico, in a town located in the middle of the Chiapas’ mountains I found the most brilliant eyes that I have ever seen,” Huerta wrote in the original post. “The beauty of this girl was similar to the panoramic views I was able to appreciate every time I turned around. She´s deaf, the way to communicate with her was by signs. It is no mystery that the beauty of the true Mexican woman is way above all beauty contests.”

People are obsessing over her beauty that seems to improve with age.

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Nine years makes a big difference in a young person’s development. It can be the difference between 11 and 20, which is a huge difference. Her silent beauty is proof that indigenous communities hold some of the most beautiful people in the world. There is no reason to praise and adhere to Euro-centric beauty standards.

The Instagram posted is filled with messages of appreciation celebrating the photo and the young woman we saw grow up.

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Huerta currently has a documentary about the Tehuana people in Oaxaca. His photographs and film collection highlighting and exalting the indigenous community of Mexico is beautiful and necessary. He is collecting an important and vibrant part of human history by giving the first people to inhabit the land a chance to shine and show who Mexico truly is.

READ: Photographer Diego Huerta Is Giving Everyone A Look Into The Tehuana Culture In Oaxaca, Mexico