“Strength doesn’t mean that you have to put on a façade. I think strength is being vulnerable.”
At only 25 years old, actress and singer Selena Gomez is one of the women featured on the cover of Time magazine for their special multimedia project, Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World.
With a total of 46 incredibly talented women featured, including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Issa Rae, Time emphasizes the purpose of this project.
“Our goal with ‘Firsts’ is for every women and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb,” wrote Nancy Gibbs, Editor in Chief of Time, in her Letter from the Editor.
Given the title of ‘The Tastemaker’ in the project is Selena Gomez, who is officially the first person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram. With such a huge presence in social media, Gomez admits, “It’s already difficult to get up every day and just feel good about yourself without seeing the highlights of everyone else.” However, there is also an uplifting side to social media that she touches on.
“I hope my fans learn that who they are is beautiful,” she says in the interview with Time. “How they can connect with people by sharing what they’re feeling. It’s very personal to me.” So for Gomez, this milestone isn’t just about the number of likes she gets for every picture, but about the genuine connection she is able to make with her fans.
This is what Selena Gomez had to say in response to her feature in Time’s ‘First: Women Who Are Changing the World.’
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Also featured in this special project is legendary actor, dancer and singer Rita Moreno.
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Rita Moreno is featured in Time’s magazine as ‘The Actor.’ She is recognized for being the very first Latina to get an EGOT, meaning she has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. That helped pave the way for future Latina actors. However, the road to success in the world of entertainment was not easy for Moreno as a woman of color.
“I was only seen in one way and having to speak always, always with an accent,” she tells Time. “I couldn’t even audition for anything that wasn’t for a native girl. And native girls in movies those days had no education whatsoever.”
It wasn’t until Moreno was cast in the musical “West Side Story” that she finally found herself a role model in the world of entertainment.
“‘West Side Story’ changed my life. Anita had size, presence and dignity, and she became my role model. It took that long for me to find a role model,” she tells Time. Listen to Moreno further touch on this subject in the full interview here.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Spotify released a list of the music streaming service’s most-popular female artists, and it’s filled with Latina singers.
The platform, which has tens of millions of subscribers from across the world, including Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic, created catalogs for its most-streamed female artists worldwide and in the US between January 1 and March 1 of 2019.
Globally, Dominicana-Trinidadian rapper Cardi B came out higher than any other Latina artist at No. 8, unsurprisingly as the Bronx hitmaker followed her 2018 platinum debut album “Invasion of Privacy” with several more bangers like “Money” and, most recently,” “Please Me” with Bruno Mars.
Behind Cardi is Selena Gomez (No. 9), whose 2018 hits “Taki Taki” and “Back To You” continue to dominate just about everyone’s playlists.
Similar to Spotify’s worldwide streams, there were also six Latinas on the platform’s 20 most-listened to female artists in the US.
Once again, Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar leads her compañeras, this time making the top five at No. 4. Following behind her is Kehlani (No. 9), Camila Cabello (No. 10), Selena Gomez (No. 12), Demi Lovato (No. 16) and the Puerto Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter Julia Michaels at No. 18.
The list shows the growing strength of Latinas in music, especially the rise of Spanish-language urbano hits, as artists like Cardi (“I Like It”), Selena (“Taki Taki”), Camila (“Havana”), Karol G (“Mi Cama”), Becky G (“Sin Pijama”) and Demi Lovato’s (“Échame La Culpa”) chart-toppers in the last year were partly or fully sung in Spanish.
Check out Spotify’s full lists of the most-streamed female artists of 2019 worldwide and in the US below.
In this scary and confusing life, there are only a few things we know for sure. One of these things is that Puerto-Rican born legendary actress Rita Moreno is a national treasure who continues to give us life in the year of our Lord two-thousand and nineteen.
We need no excuse to celebrate the incredible Rita Moreno, and because we love her so much, we’ve compiled a list of 20 times (out of many) that Moreno was the queen we don’t deserve. Long live the queen!
1.When she gave Trump the middle finger on national television
Recently, Moreno The Queen herself paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel live and recounted the story of the first time she met Donald Trump. When finishing up the story, she playfully told President Trump, “I’ve got a finger for ya,” and flipped off the camera. She definitely hasn’t lost her spunk!
2. When she insisted her character on “One Day At a Time” Be Written As a Sexual Being
When talking about her latest role as abuelita Lydia Riera in Netflix’s “One Day at a Time”, Moreno revealed: “[B]efore there was even a script, I said [to the writers]: I’d like her to be sexual. Because you don’t see that. Once people turn a certain age, that gets completely ignored by writers, and it’s a shame”.
3. When she guest-starred on Jane the Virgin
Fans of “Jane the Virgin” were delighted when it was announced that Moreno was cast as Rogelia de La Vega’s controlling stage mother, Liliana de La Vega. As for her performance, she didn’t disappoint: Moreno served up enough outrageous diva moments to keep us rolling on the floor.
4. When She Won an Oscar…
The award that started it all! Latinas everywhere felt truly recognized when Moreno won the (much-deserved) Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her incredible work as Anita in “West Side Story.”
5. …When She Won a Grammy…
Moreno continued her awards streak by winning a Grammy Award in 1972 for Best Children’s Album. The album was compilation of the songs from the hit children’s show, “The Electric Company”.
6. …When She Won a Tony…
Moreno continued to be the Latina Queen we don’t deserve by winning a Tony Award in 1975 for Best Lead Actress in a play for the Broadway production of “The Ritz”.
7. …And When She Won an Emmy
When she won an Emmy for hilarious work on “The Muppet Show” in 1977, the pure shock on Moreno’s face was probably due to the fact that she realized she was now cemented in the canon of history. It was the final award she needed to officially become “EGOT” status.
8. When she re-wore the gown she wore to the 1962 Oscars in 2018
In 2018, Moreno was kind enough to re-wear the original dress she wore to the Oscars in 1962—the year she took home the Gold Statue. She arguably worked that dress better at 86 than she did when she was a young ingenue.
9. When she blessed us with that whole performance in “West Side Story”
Think about it: Moreno didn’t have to go that hard for us. But, she did. She did.
10. When she dissed the problematic roles she was forced to play in her early career
Before she had enough industry clout to play more nuanced roles, Moreno was only offered parts that she later dubbed “dusky maiden” roles. Notably, she was forced to wear yellow-face in “The King and I” in the role of “Tutpim”–one of the King of Siam’s numerous wives. Later, Moreno had a few choice words to say about this time in her career: “I hated the dark makeup, being barefoot—all of it”.
11. Her controversial 1954 Life magazine cover
Before she hit the big time, Moreno was chosen as the cover girl for a particularly sexy issue of “Life” magazine where she was also featured in a multi-page spread. The issue got the attention of much of Hollywood, possibly due to the front page headline, which read: “Rita Moreno: An Actress’s Catalog of Sex and Innocence”.
12. When she kept it real in her tell-all memoir
Moreno shocked the public when she revealed intimate details of her passionate affair with legendary actor Marlon Brando in her 2013 autobiography, “Rita Moreno: A Memoir”. Of Brando, Moreno said: “To say that he was a great lover would be gravely understating what he did not only to my body, but for my soul. Every aspect of being with Marlon was thrilling, because he was more engaged in the world than anyone else I’d ever known”.
13. When She Received the Kennedy Center Honors Award
If you haven’t yet seen the video of Gina Rodriguez’s heartfelt tribute to Moreno during her Kennedy Center Honors Award ceremony, we highly suggest you take a look. Rodriguez’s tribute is extremely touching, as is Moreno’s emotional response.
14. She constantly keeps it hip
Never one to lose her sense of humor, Moreno made a hilarious entrance during the ___ commencement ceremony of The Berklee College of Music. We love how she’s not afraid to make fun of herself.
15. When she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
In 2004, Moreno received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for “helping shape our nation’s cultural and artistic heritage”. It’s reasons like these why we love Moreno: her career has made us much impact on the broader US culture as it has on America’s Latinx community.
16. When she narrated the audiobook version of Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s memoir
Justice Sonya Sotomayor personally asked fellow Puerto-Rican Rita Moreno to read the audio version of her memoir, “My Beloved World”. Fitting, considering that Moreno “burst into tears” when she first heard the news that Sotomayor would be the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.
17. When she shared her philosophy on dealing with haters
In a Vulture interview that focused on her “One Day at a Time” success, Moreno dispensed a kernel of precious advice: “You don’t die if someone doesn’t like you…A woman in [group therapy] didn’t like me…and she just spewed utter dislike of me…I found out that you don’t die from being disliked. For me, that’s very important”.
18. When she went makeup-less to film an emotional scene
In the same interview, Moreno touched on the only time she’s ever been makeup-less on camera, in a touching scene in “One Day at a Time”. “I was actually very happy to do it,” she explained. “Maybe it’s my age, but I know I look good”. Yaasss Queen!
19. When she shared her philosophy on aging
“People tell me I look good these days,” Moreno said recently. “I look good because I feel good… It’s all about attitude”. We couldn’t agree more!
20. When she expressed unabashed joy at receiving the SAG-AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award
One of the things we love so much about Moreno, is that she never seems to take her career for granted, and to that end, has never has come off as jaded by her success. A perfect example of this is when she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SAG-AFTRA and gushed that she was “so bloody happy”. We love you, Rita!