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đŸ€© 20 Times Veronica Lodge Of “Riverdale” Got Us Pumped For Latina Representation On Screen

The best Veronica Lodge moments in the hit show Riverdale are so plentiful, it’s a struggle to narrow them down to just a few key moments. For those of you who have been hiding under a rock, Veronica Lodge is the fierce American-Latina character who practically runs the town of Riverdale in the popular CW show. Although Veronica’s character was written as white in the original 1941-era Archie comics, the CW decided to make her Latina when they brought the series to life. Which, as we know, is a smart move.

Veronica Lodge is played by the beautiful, talented, and hilarious Camila Mendes, an American actress of Brazilian descent who has been vocal about her love of how Riverdale portrays the Lodge family’s relationship to their Latinx roots. As she so eloquently stated to People: “It’s rare that you see Latin families being portrayed as intelligent, sophisticated, and powerful entities”. We couldn’t agree more. In celebration of Veronica Lodge and her unapologetic Latina-ness, here is a rundown of the best Veronica Lodge moments in the soapy teen series.

1. This Viral “Karma’s a bitch” Moment

The meme to end all Riverdale memes, this line took the internet by storm after Veronica said it in response to hearing that the scummy Nick St. Clair had been hit by a car and was seriously injured. Obviously, the accident happened under mysterious circumstances. And as any Riverdale fan out there knows, “mysterious circumstances” is always code for: Hiram Lodge handled it. Because of Veronica’s signature sassy delivery, this scene quickly went viral on the Chinese social network Weibo. It then spread like wildfire to other websites. This is no doubt that it’s the best Veronica Lodge moment we’ve seen so far because it encompasses everything we love so much about her: power, confidence, and a thirst for justice.

2. Secretly Betraying Her (Evil) Dad

Like any great antagonist, Veronica’s father Hiram Lodge is multi-faceted–he obviously loves his daughter, but those feelings are often challenged by his lust for money and power. Unfortunately for him, he’s met his match in Veronica. In the finale of season 2, Veronica out-maneuvers her father by buying the Whyte Wyrm bar (which he was planning on using as a front for illegal dealings) out from under him. She then uses the Whyte Wyrm as a pawn to buy back Pop’s Chock’lit Shop from Hiram. If that doesn’t have you standing from your seat screaming in approval, then we don’t know what will.

3. When She SLAPS Nick St. Clair

One of the things we love so much about Riverdale is how bravely it handles sensitive issues like sexual assault and slut-shaming. Nick St. Clair is a spoiled, privileged prep-school boy that Veronica used to be friends with back in her bad-girl days. Needless to say, she no longer lets his misogynistic and abusive tactics fly in her new hometown of Riverdale. After Veronica brushed off Nick’s advances, he turned to threats, claiming he had the power sink the the deal her father was trying to make with his family. In response to this pathetic attempt at sexual manipulation, Veronica slaps the smug smile off his face, prompting cheers from viewers everywhere.

4. When She Saved Cheryl From Being Assaulted

It’s no coincidence that two of the best Veronica Lodge moments involve her standing up to Nick St. Clair. This is never more apparent as when Veronica, along with Josie and the Pussycats, storm into Nick St. Clair’s room to rescue Cheryl from being drugged and assaulted by him. Veronica’s classic bravery is on full-display here, and we can’t help but get goosebumps when we see a group of strong women band together to keep a friend safe.

5. When Veronica Storms the Boy’s Locker Room

One thing we love so much about Veronica is that she is never afraid to push boundaries. After scummy jock Chuck Clayton spreads false sexual rumors about a date he and Veronica went on, she decides to confront him–boundaries be damned. What results is a shocking, funny moment where she storms the boys’ locker room, a mortified Betty in tow, to face-down her tormentor. We can’t say the confrontation is productive (Chuck is one arrogant S.O.B.), but it establishes Ronnie in our hearts and minds as a girl that’s not afraid to break the rules.

6. When She Stands Up to Cheryl Blossom

One of the most iconic scenes in Riverdale’s young life (and in the first-ever episode!) Veronica stands up to bully Cheryl Blossom after she rejected Betty from the cheerleading squad. Obviously, Veronica is having none of that. Like Hiram Lodge, Cheryl Blossom has met her match and doesn’t even realize it yet. When Cheryl explains that she wants girls with “fire” on her squad, Veronica informs Cheryl that unfortunately, her “specialty is ice”. This scene quickly puts Veronica on top of the Riverdale High food chain. If there’s one thing we know, our girl Ronnie doesn’t take kindly to bullies.

7. When She Kisses Jughead

Like we said before: Veronica isn’t a huge fan of boundaries. Trying to alleviate some of the awkwardness the gang feels over Archie and Betty kissing in a moment of passion, Veronica proposes that her and Jughead kiss–to even the scales, so to speak. Needless to say, Archie and Betty weren’t thrilled over it. However, Riverdale fans were. It’s the kind of hilariously awkward moment that further proves that Veronica marches to the beat of her own drum. Plus, the looks on Betty’s and Archie’s respective faces are priceless.

8. Her Epic Dance-off With Cheryl

Veronica Lodge and Cheryl Blossom’s relationship is complicated, to say the least.These two feisty frenemies tend to bring out the best and the worst in each other. When Cheryl places her in the back of the squad, Veronica proposes a dance-off to establish who is the best dancer on the River Vixens team. Petty? Yes. Entertaining? Hell yes. What follows is a thoroughly “Yasss girl!” battle of moves that Veronica eventually wins. And why wouldn’t she? There’s only one real HBIC in Riverdale, and that’s Veronica Lodge.

9. When She Flirts With Sheriff Keller in His OWN HOME

One of the most bizarrely enjoyable moments of Riverdale (and there’s been a lot of them), who could forget the time when Veronica sleeps over at Kevin’s house to secretly snoop-around for Black Hood evidence? Veronica makes her way to the Kellers’ basement, convinced that that’s where the secrets are. Instead, she finds Sheriff Keller lifting weights in his basement. He is ripped. And Veronica is here for it. As she says to the Sheriff: “Archie Andrews, watch your back”. This girl has some serious cojones!

10. When She Breaks Into Miss Grundy’s Car With Betty

Say what you want about Veronica Lodge, but she is not afraid to get to the bottom of a good mystery. Along with Betty, finding out the truth behind Riverdale’s shady residents is one of Veronica’s favorite pastimes. Case in point: Miss Grundy. After Veronica had suspicions about Archie’s relationship with his music teacher, her and Betty decided to break into Grundy’s car to see if there were any clues as to her mysterious past. Let’s repeat: they break into Grundy’s car. We don’t know about you, but if we did that as teenagers, we would’ve seen an early grave.

11. When She Took Over the Pussycats

There’s no one who serves up such a steaming plate of revenge quite like Veronica Lodge does. Annoyed at Josie for bailing on their planned Picken’s Day performance, Veronica decides to move ahead with the performance, rebranding the band to–you guessed it–Veronica and the Pussycats. She proceeds to do a spot-on cover of a Duran Duran song, much to the absolute horror of Josie. This is just another instance of Veronica proving that she doesn’t need anyone’s permission to move forward with her plans. This girl is unstoppable.

12. When she scores some Jingle Jangle from a drug dealer to do some investigating

Another example of Veronica attempting to take the law into her own hands, who could forget the episode where Veronica is determined to uncover the identity of the infamous “Sugarman” Drug Kingpin. We downright shook when she visited a South Side drug dealer to get her hands on some Jingle Jangle and grill him about his supplier. We were also fully entertained by her cover story in which “her girl” has gone “full spiral” due to a “messy breakup” with her “beau”. Oh, Ronnie–always there for a quality quip.

13. When she makes Red Circle shirts for all of Riverdale High

As we’ve seen exemplified in her relationship with Betty, Veronica is fiercely protective of the people she loves. That protective instinct is on full display with her boyfriend, Archie Andrews. Yes, Archie is the straight-man to the rest of the quirkier Riverdale cast of characters, but we still can’t help but support him and Veronica’s relationship. That’s why it tugged at our heart strings when she showed her support for her man by printing and passing out t-shirts with his vigilante group’s “Red Circle” logo on it. There’s nothing we admire more about Veronica than her loyalty.

14. When she shuts down a loud group of Southside Serpents

Veronica Lodge is unafraid of any thug that feels it’s necessary to assert his dominance through scare-tactics. Maybe it’s because she grew up under the overbearing influence of her gangster-ish father, but she doesn’t suffer fools. This is never on better display as when she gives a group of rowdy Southside Serpents a piece of her mind at a drive-in movie. Can you blame her? Loud movie goers is a definite a pet peeve of ours, too. It’s one-liners like this that make us lover her.

15. When She Flew Her Feminist Flag

This may be the first time that many TV watchers heard the term “toxic masculinity” used as a pop culture reference. And as soon as we heard the phrase come out of Veronica’s mouth, it gave us life! As opposed to reveling in macho theatrics like so many female characters do on television shows, Veronica makes it clear she doesn’t value the pointless machismo. Like many other moments throughout the show, Veronica shows to us how a true Latina feminist acts.

16. WHENEVER She Wears These Glasses

In Riverdale, Veronica Lodge’s glasses are as iconic as Betty’s ponytail, Jughead’s weird hat, or Archie’s red hair. Although they only make the occasional appearance when she’s at home reading (or scheming), they always make a lasting impact. Twitter practically ignited with thirst when Veronica first wore them, and they never fail to drive home her status as a fashion icon. In addition to being brave, independent, and loyal you can go ahead and add “style maven” to her list of qualities as well.

17. When She Kisses Betty to Get on the Cheer Squad

Ahh, the moment that launched a thousand “Beronica” fan fictions. In the first ever episode of Riverdale, Veronica gave us a sneak peek of her chutzpah when she planted a big smooch on Betty as a last-ditch effort to secure their spots on the River Vixens. It was a ballsy move for the series premiere of a teen soap, and it immediately had viewers hooked. If Veronica was capable of surprising us in the first episode, it only meant that even crazier stuff was in store.

18. When She Goes Full Latina For Her Confirmation

We love how Riverdale incorporated Confirmation, a landmark Catholic rite of passage, into their resident Latina’s story line. As many Catholic Latinas know, Confirmation is the tradition of being “confirmed” to the Catholic Church. It’s also a time in your life when you reflect upon your spirituality and your future. It was heartwarming as viewers that we finally met Veronica Lodge’s Latinx family. Of course, we were most excited about finally meeting Abuelita. In addition, this was the first time Veronica debuted her Spanish skills outside of the daily Spanglish she speaks with her parents. We felt so validated that Riverdale decided to incorporate such an important event of many Latinas’ lives into Veronica’s narrative.

19. This Epic Line:

“I don’t follow the rules, I make them. And when necessary, I break them.” This line could arguably be titled the “Veronica Lodge Manifesto”. Another line stated during her rage against the Chuck-machine in Chapter Three, this further proves that Veronica is at her fiercest when confronted with a bully. We love seeing a proud Latina character unafraid of standing up to those who think they can steamroll the little guy. New flash: they haven’t met Veronica Lodge.

20. Veronica’s Apology to Betty

Although many of the best Veronica Lodge moments are full of her being fierce and badass and courageous, arguably the greatest thing about Veronica is that she knows to admit when she’s wrong. A prime example of this is at the very beginning of her and Betty’s friendship. Veronica kissed Archie knowing that Betty had feelings for him. Instead of becoming defensive in response to Betty’s anger and disappointment, Veronica apologized to Betty, proving that she values sisterhood above all else. That’s the kind of Latina representation we can get behind.


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Here Are Twenty Scenes We Hope To See In The New Selena Series

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Here Are Twenty Scenes We Hope To See In The New Selena Series

Netflix gave Selena stans an early Christmas gift this week when they announced their upcoming Selena series. It’s no secret that we’re all muy excited about our favorite Latina’s life coming to our streaming devices. With the Quintanilla family backing this series, the show is guaranteed to be an authentic look at the Queen of Tejano.

Here are some of the iconic Selena moments we hope to see in Selena: The Series:

1. Selena’s 1995 Disco Medley performance

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A Texas native, Selena played the Houston Rodeo a total of three times before her untimely death. All three performances broke the record for Rodeo Tejano crowd size! Fans from all over the world crowded into the massive Astrodome to see the Queen of Tejano perform.

In her final visit to the Houston landmark, Selena performed her now iconic Disco Medley. The singer was a huge fan of old school Disco hits. Combining songs I Will Survive, Funkytown, Last Dance, The Hustle, and On the Radio, Selena gave a once in a lifetime performance.

2. When Marcella taught Selena the Washing Machine

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We all did it as kids. If you were going to pretend to be Selena, you had to nail her dance moves. That rhythmic swaying —aka the Washing Machine— is one of the first steps any young Selena fan learns. Just like we learned it by watching Selena, Selena learned how to do her signature move from mom Marcella. This is still our go to move on the dance floor, btw.

3. Abraham’s freakout over Selena’s bustier

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It’s impossible to think of Selena without her signature rhinestone bustier but she didn’t start off wearing one. In fact, the first time she performed in a bustier, her dad hit the roof. Most dads might be reluctant to see their daughter out in a revealing top, but Abraham had to get over this one. Once you find a style that works, you’ve gotta stick with going it.

4. “Anything for Selenas”

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This is a moment which created perhaps one of the most quoted lines from the movie. When the Selena y Los Dinos tour bus ended up in a ditch, the group was rescued by an unlikely source.

After properly freaking over meeting Selena, a couple of vatos offered their assistance. The pair didn’t even bat an eye when the bus ripped the bumper off their car. After all, anything for Selenas!

5. Selena’s triumphant Grammy win

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Selena is a Grammy Award winning artist and the night she won was one of the most biggest moments of her life. Dressed in a gorgeous white-sliver halter dress and her signature red lipstick, Selena lit up the room! Her 1993 win for Best Mexican/American album for Selena “Live” was her only Grammy win. However, had her life not been cut tragically short, there’s no doubt the star would have continued to be an award show darling.

6. When Selena met Chris

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Before Chris PĂ©rez was Selena’s husband, he was a grungy rocker with wild hair and black leather. When he auditioned for the role of guitar player for Los Dinos, he had to clean up his act. This is when Selena met Chris and the sparks were instantaneous. Of course, the makeover Suzette gave him didn’t hurt, either.

7. THAT one moment while dress shopping

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Before Selena could dazzle the Grammys, she had to pick out her dress. Unfortunately while shopping, Selena encounter a racist saleswoman.

However, that saleswoman was served some humility when she realized that Selena is kind of a big deal. After an employee saw Selena in the dressing room, news of her visit quickly spread. Soon a mob of Selena fans formed and the saleswoman realized that she messed up BIG TIME.

8. Life on the road with Selena y Los Dinos

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When they were just getting started, Selena y Los Dinos spent a lot of time on the road. Touring all across Texas, the group became more like a family than co-workers. Seeing some behind the scenes interactions between the band is a definite must for this Selena series.

9. Selena’s death defying jump

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Anyone who knew her, knew that Selena was full of life and completely fearless. Never one to back down from a challenge, Selena once took on a dare at an amusement park. In a classic Selena move, the Tejano star learned to let go and bungee jumped for the first time.

10. Selena’s song writing skills

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In the Selena movie, we saw members of Los Dinos collaborating on Como la Flor, but Selena also co-wrote the iconic song. The Queen of Tejano music was a gifted song writer and her songs still resonate years later. She also co-wrote Bidi Bidi Bom Bom and Amor Prohibido.

11. Abraham and Selena’s duet

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It was Selena’s father, Abraham, who first discovered his daughter’s amazing voice. The father-daughter pair used to crone together to 1950s classics You’re Mine and Blue Moon. It was these mini jam sessions that inspired Abraham to reform his doo wop group, Los Dinos. The rest is music history.

12. Selena the fashion designer

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Part of what makes Selena an icon is her innovative style and instantly classic looks. Many of these looks were made by the singer herself. Had Selena’s incredible musical talent not been discovered, she wanted to study fashion design. Having the Selena series explore it in more detail would be an intimate depiction of Selena the girl as opposed to Selena the star.

13. Little Selena y Los Dinos

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Once Abraham got it into his head that Selena was destined to be a star, there was no stopping him. The father quit his job and bought a Mexican food restaurant for the single purpose of showcasing Selena y Los Dinos.

To the annoyance of A.B. and Suzette, this meant practicing their new craft and learning the 50s ballads their father loved. After school and on the weekends, Selena y Los Dinos headlined their parents’ restaurant. Of course, they’d soon move on to much bigger venues

14. One scene we’re muy excited about

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Like many Latinas from the US, Selena had to balance her Mexican identity and her American upbringing. In order to be taken seriously by the Mexican media, she needed to be an authentic Mexicana. This meant speaking perfect Spanish. Selena had no problem with singing in Spanish but doing a major press conference was another story. When she couldn’t remember a word, she played it off in true Selena fashion. The media was as much in love with her charm as her fans are.

15. Selena’s chicken

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Selena was always an avid animal lover. So much so that she convinced her parents to let her have a pet chicken. However, the chicken wasn’t just a pet; she was a tool used to torment her sister. Little Selena would put her chicken in the shower to scare Suzette. Funny, yes, but Marcella wasn’t happy about cleaning up chicken caca.

16. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

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Of course we’re excited to hear all of the Selena discography, but Bibi Bibi Bom Bom will always have a special place in our hearts. The song hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs. It’s also widely recognized as the song that helped Selena attract English audiences. Selena y Los Dinos played this song all over Texas; including at the Astrodome and Six Flags Astroworld.

17. Love in a pizza shop

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Selena and Chris had an instant chemistry but the pair at tried to distance themselves from each other at first. Abraham was worried about an in-band romance and Chris had a girlfriend in San Antonio. Still, there was no stopping how they felt for each other. At a Pizza Hut, the two shared a pepperoni pizza and confessed their love for each other.

18. Selena’s declaration of love

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Chris and Selena were fiercely in love but, when they eloped in 1992, Abraham was not happy. Still, Selena didn’t back down or feel ashamed of her decision and she wasn’t afraid to tell her father this. The Tejano star approached love the same way she did everything else: with her heart full of total devotion.

19. Abe’s wise advice

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Abraham knew the music business and he understood life. He wanted to impart this wisdom on his children so they could have easier experiences. That’s why he wanted them to know a hard truth about society: if you’re a Latinx person, you’ll have to work twice as hard to get half as much. Though this advice came over 20 years ago, some things have yet to change.

20. Selena confronts a traitor

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No matter what is included in the Selena series, it only has one possible ending. It’s inevitable that Yolanda SaldĂ­var will be introduced. The president of her fan club, SaldĂ­var was secretly embezzling a fortune from the family. Though we aren’t looking forward to what happens afterward, we’re curious to see how the confrontation between Selena and her murder is handled. No matter how sensitively it’s portrayed, this scene is going to hurt.


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Netflix Just Announced That They Are Launching A New Series Based On Selena Quintanilla And Everyone Is Muy Excited

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Netflix Just Announced That They Are Launching A New Series Based On Selena Quintanilla And Everyone Is Muy Excited

There’s no bigger legend in Tejano music than Selena Quintanilla PĂ©rez. A captivating performer and gifted songwriter, the starlet’s talent earned her a Grammy and a place in music history forever. So loved by her fans, Selena played huge crowds around the world, even setting the record for the 2nd largest crowd to play the Astrodome. Tragically, Selena was taken from us far too soon. Her impact is still felt in the Latinidad and around the world 23 years after her death.

Fortunately, her stans will soonhave new Selena content to obsess over.

Netflix has announced a scripted dramatization of the Queen of Tejano’s life.

Pitched as a coming-of-age-drama, the series will detail aspects of Selena’s rise to stardom. From performing at her father’s Mexican restaurant to her International success, “Selena: The Series” will bring new life to the star’s amazing story.

We aren’t the only one’s excited about a Selena TV show. Netflix handed down a straight-to-series order for this project. That means the streaming content site made a commitment to air the series without even seeing a pilot first! There’s no premiere date or episode details for the series as of yet.

MoisĂ©s Zamora of Chronic and 600 Mile fame is slated to write the series’ script. Zamora will also executive produce the series alongside Campanario Entertainment president Jaime Davila. Rico Martinez, Simran A. Singh, Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla and Selena’s father Abraham Quintanilla Jr. will also produce.

“Our scripted series will focus on the incredible story of a Mexican-American family,” Davila explained. “How an extraordinary young woman transcended categories and borders to become a global star.”

Talks of a Selena television series have popped up before in the past.

In 2016, Selena’s husband Chris PĂ©rez announced plans to turn his book To Selena, With Love into a TV series. Legal disputes between PĂ©rez and the Quintanilla family have stopped any further exploration.

On November 30th of this year, a Texas judge refused PĂ©rez’s appeal to dismiss Abraham Quintanilla Jr.’s lawsuit that claimed the musician was in breach of contract by writing the book to begin with. After Selena’s death, the family patriarch had PĂ©rez and the rest of the family sign contracts. These stated that, as executor of her estate, Quintanilla had exclusive rights to her name, image, and voice.

Luckily for us, this new Netflix series is 100% backed by the Quintanilla family.

“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel a great responsibility to do justice to her memory,” Suzette Quintanilla shared in a statement. “With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”

Though Selena lived such a short life, it was full of legendary achievements, love and laughter. So, there’s obviously countless Selena moments that we’re dying to see immortalized on our streaming devices.


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