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Dascha Polanco Was Basically Told To Hide Her Afro-Latina Features When She Started Acting

Dascha Polanco recently did an interview with Vivala and talked about the pressure she felt early in her career to hide her Afro-Latina features. It all came from just one thing she was told: don’t look too Latina even if you want a Latina role. This isn’t the first time Polanco has talked about her body and look as a point of contention when going after certain roles or fashion looks. Here are a few words of advice Polanco has about owning your looks.

This isn’t the first time Polanco has talked about her body and looked at it as a point of contention when going after certain roles or fashion looks. Here are a few words of advice Polanco has about owning your looks.

Dascha Polanco recently opened up to Vivala about how her Afro-Latina features were once an issue for her career.

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“We have to be ‘Fake Latinas,'” Polanco told Vivala. “And here’s the thing about ‘Fake Latinas’ – when you look at Latinas who are succeeding in Hollywood, they’re super thin and you really can’t tell if she’s Latina or not.”

The criticism and “advice” about her looks and her career took a toll on her own self-worth.

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Polanco told Vivala that she got in her own head over her looks and wished to be different. She wanted lighter eyes and a skinnier frame. She also added that she believed that if those things could happen for her, she would finally be able to book more jobs.

This isn’t the first time that Polanco has been open about her own struggles with owning and loving herself. Her outfit to New York Fashion week last year was one of the first times she publicly stepped out displaying her figure.

@theblondsny #NYFW #Selena #GlamInspired #Selflovery #ismellgood

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“To tell you the truth, when I first arrived at New York Fashion Week wearing a tight bodysuit that completely revealed my thighs, I was a little nervous,” Polanco wrote for TODAY. “I kept on covering myself up with my jacket and I just didn’t feel ready. There was no pool there, no beach… So shouldn’t I cover up?”

But as they say, behind a strong woman, is a strong group of women empowering her. Polanco credited her team for giving her the confidence to just own it.

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“That’s when I decided to own it. For me, it was this realization that I’m not getting any younger,” Polanco wrote for TODAY about how she stopped relying on her jacket that night to cover her thighs. “Sure, I’m working on stuff. Sure, I’m a work in progress. But this is who I am right now, and I want to be free.”

Polanco wants more Latinas to get attention in media and magazines and she knows she can start making it happen.

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Polanco told Vivala that she is constantly trying to find more Latinas in media but finds it frustrating and disappointing that there seems to be a one-Latina rule when it comes to highlighting women in Hollywood.

“I look at all these articles like, ‘All the Powerful Women of Hollywood’ and I don’t see a Latina in it. Or just one Latina,” Polanco told Vivala. “It’s like, ‘If you’re gonna have one, you can only have one. You can’t have a couple. You can’t acknowledge [multiple] people.’”

The actress wants her fans to feel confident in their own skin and join her in this journey with #SelfLovery.

Last night…. #FashionLook #ismellgood #selflovery

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“Every day, I am learning how to love myself more,” Polanco told Vivala. “Something I’m working on is #SelfLovery. This is this whole project that I’m working on where we’re including men and women, to just take a moment to self-analyze and just say, ‘I love myself.'”

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READ: Dascha Polanco Doesn’t Have Time For Body Shaming Designers

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10 Empowering Songs By Afro-Latinas About Loving Yourself

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10 Empowering Songs By Afro-Latinas About Loving Yourself

It’s Black History Month, a time to uplift and celebrate the historic events and people of African descent who have contributed to culture, achieved excellence and sparked social and political change. But it’s also a moment for reflection, of honestly evaluating how much — and how little — has changed for the African diaspora throughout the US, Latin America and beyond.

Confronting the everyday violence, discrimination, disadvantages and inequality Black individuals have and continue to endure, while necessary, could be enraging and upsetting, and makes self-care practices all the more necessary.

This year, whether you’re celebrating the beauty, resilience and magia of blackness with a Black History Month party or well-deserved care day, music can always add to the occasion. Here, a mix of Spanish and English songs by Afro-Latinas and for Black women that unapologetically declare self-love and engage in self-worship to add to any Black joy playlist for the month of February and all the days that follow it.

1. Celebrate being a daughter of “La Diaspora” with Nitty Scott.

When the Afro-Boricua rapper dropped Creature in 2017, she gifted Black women, particularly Black Latinx femmes, with a full project that saw, understood and exalted their existence. None of the bangers on the LP did this as intentionally as the song and short film “La Diaspora.”

2. Make your voice and joy heard with Christina Milian’s “Say I”

When the cubana teamed with Young Jeezy to drop this 2009 bop, she encouraged women to “do what you want to do. Don’t let nobody tell you what you’re supposed to do.” And that’s some pretty liberating ishh.

3. Some might call you “CRZY,” but Kehlani wants you to embrace the term.

Confidently dancing to the beat of your own drum, especially as a woman of color, is neither expected nor welcomed, largely because it makes it more difficult for white supremacy to thrive. With “CRZY,” the part-Mexican R&B songstress encourages femmes to embrace and reclaim the slights people throw at you for being a radiant, go-getting mami.

4. And Calma Carmona’s “I Got Life” shows that there is so much to be joyous about.

In her Spanglish rendition of Nina Simone’s “I Ain’t Got No … I Got Life,” the Puerto Rican soul singer declares all the beauty she has, from her voice, to her hair, to her smile to her life, in a world that told her she has nothing.

5. Something else you have: “Tumbao.”

In la reina de salsa’s multi-generational hit “La Negra Tiene Tumbao,” the late cubana Celia Cruz reminds Black women of that unfading, indescribable, swing and swag that Black women carry with them in every space they occupy.

6. Prefer an English joint? Cardi B will also remind you how “Bad” you are.

With “She Bad,” featuring YG, the Dominican-Trinidadian rapper engages in self-worship and encourages other Black women to feel themselves and own their sexuality without apprehension or apologies.

7. ‘Cause Like Maluca told you, you’re “la mami del block.”

In the Dominican singer-rapper’s mega bop “El Tigeraso,” Maluca makes the indisputable claim that Afro-Latinas have it all: “tengo fly, tengo party, tengo una sabrosura.”

8. And like Farina says, not everyone is deserving of your greatness.

In “la nena fina’s” urbano-pop jam “Mucho Pa’ Ti,” the colombiana raps what everyone knows: She, and you, are too much — too poppin’, too powerful, too radiant — for the unworthy.

9. Now that you’re reminded of who you are, enter every space like Melii walked into the club in her music video for “Icey.”

With sparkly, high-heeled white boots, a laced v-neck bodysuit, some tiny red shades and confidence that entraps you, dominicana-cubana Melii knows her value — as a woman and an artist — and watching or listening to how self-assured she is will undoubtedly rub off on you.

10. ‘Cause at the end of the day, you’re a “Million Dollar Girl” like Trina.

Like the Dominican-Bahamian rapper, alongside Keri Hilson and Diddy, told you in 2010: “Baby if I want it, I got it / ‘Cause I’ll be gettin’ some more / ‘Cause I’m a million dollar girl, for sure.”

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20 Celebrity Couples Who Were Together 10 Years Ago

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20 Celebrity Couples Who Were Together 10 Years Ago

Love in Hollywood is fleeting.

For one reason or another, relationships just don’t stick for the rich and famous. Despite their frivolous interchange of boyfriends and girlfriends, each relationship mattered. Heck, they still do! We can clearly remember these couples as they were, young and wealthy with no care in the world. Some of these units had an obvious shelf life, but others truly seemed like they would last — and some of them even did.

Here’s a look back at some of our favorite couples from the past that still reminds us that true love exists even if it’s for a short while.

1. Madonna and Jesus Luz

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Madonna has had countless boyfriends, and at least two husbands, but the lady clearly has a thing for Latin men. She dated Jesus Luz, a Brazilian model, and DJ for quite some time. Now, Luz is married (with someone else) and a father of two.

2. Selena Gomez and Taylor Lautner

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Oh Selena…we love her hopeless romantic aura, especially back in the day when she dated Taylor Lautner from the “Twilight” franchise. But then he moved on to Taylor Swift. Wow.

3. Eva Longoria & Tony Parker

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When Eva Longoria broke out into the scene as a Desperate Housewife, she had that whole Hollywood picturesque life down cold. Her relationship with NBA star Tony Parker catapulted them into a real power couple. Alas, they divorced. But do not fret, Longoria found love once again with José Bastón, and is now a mother of a baby boy.

4. Alex Rodriguez and Kate Hudson

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Alex Rodriguez has been around the block, to say the least. From Madonna to Cameron Diaz, the boy has a thing for blondes. Just take his time with Kate Hudson. Perhaps he learned his lesson and decided to stick with brunettes.

5. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

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Speaking of A-Rod, his new love — Jennifer Lopez — was married to Marc Anthony ten years ago. We really thought this was it for both them. What did we know!

6. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

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When Nick Cannon got Mariah Carey’s name tattooed on his back, we should have known that these two were doomed for splitsville, and yet we still hoped for the best.

7. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden

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America’s bad girl, Nicole Ritchie found her bad boy and soul mate in Good Charlotte’s frontman Joel Madden. This is another success story because they are still together and have two kids.

8. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.

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The union of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Michelle Geller is like a page out of the movie scene. The two did meet on the set of “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which came out in 1997, and they have been together ever since.

9. Jessica Alba and Cash Warren

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California native Jessica Alba — who now runs a multi-million empire — met her baby daddy, Cash Warren in 2004, and got married in 2008. Still going strong till this day.

10. Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz dated former ‘NSYNC-er Justin Timberlake post-Britney Spears in the late aughts. They dated for a couple of years until they both started dating other people.

11. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

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Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are Spanish royalty. Way before they even got married, these two were the most famous Spanish actors in American cinema that one would have thought “why aren’t these to together?” Well, eventually, after years of meeting on the set, they finally did and have been married since 2010.

12. Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderama

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Between 2010 to 2016, Demi Lovato began a long-term relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama. Despite their 12-year age difference, these two have remained in contact long after their breakup.

13. Cassie and Diddy

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In 2007, mode and performer Cassie became the face of Diddy’s fashion label Sean John, but the couple didn’t make it official until 2012. In a 2013 interview, Cassie said about Diddy that “just being around him is a completely inspiring experience.” The couple recently split up, but it’s clear the hip hop mogul wants her back.

14. Matt Damon and Luciana Damon

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When actor Matt Damon spotted waitress Luciana Bozán Barroso in Miami in 2003, the boy was hooked. The couple married two years later and have been together ever since. The couple has four daughters together.

15. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves

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Another love at first sight moment came when Matthew McConaughey met model Camila Alves at an L.A. club in 2006, even though he wasn’t ready to settle down. “Out of the corner of my eye, this sort of aqua-green figure went floating across the frame about 20 feet in front of me,” McConaughey said in a 2016 interview. McConaughey and Alves married in 2012 and have three children together.

16. Zoe Saldana and Keith Britton

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Way before Zoe Saldana was a loving mom of three boys with Italian hubby artist Marco Perego, she dated and was engaged to Keith Britton. Britton, a CEO of a fashion website, and Saldana were together for 11 years but broke up in 2011.

17. Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper

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Before Bradley Cooper became the mega-famous, Academy Award-nominated actor and director, that he is today, he was just a struggling actor in 2006. That’s the year he married actress Jennifer Esposito. Unfortunately, the couple divorced after five months of being together.

18. Lenny Kravitz and Adriana Lima

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The now-retired Victoria Secret model, Adriana Lima was actually engaged to artist Lenny Kravitz but it was all on the down low. He spoke about their engagement briefly in a 2004 interview — during the height of his career. They both, however, went their separate ways. In 2008, the model became engaged to Serbian NBA player Marko Jarić.

19. Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

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One of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood has to be that of  Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The couple met in late 2010 and began an off-and-on relationship for the next few years. They were back together in 2017 but broke up soon after. Bieber is now married to model Hailey Baldwin.

20. Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias

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In 2001, Enrique Iglesias met his baby mama Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova and were hot and heavy for several years. While they broke up in 2013, they soon got back together and had twins in 2017.


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