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If You’re Not Following These Peruvian Femmes, What Are You Really Doing With Your Life

If the only Peruvian on your social media newsfeed is your ceviche food porn, then, yum!, but you’re seriously missing out. The only thing more poppin’ than Peru’s delicacies — which makes the South American country the top culinary destination in the world, so this is saying a lot — is its people.

Peruvian femmes are out here producing music, cracking jokes, droppin’ knowledge, making art and looking fine as hell. If you’re not following these Inca goddesses yet, you need to get on it.

1. Salice Rose

With more than 7 million followers, funny lady Salice Rose is an Instagram queen. The queer Cali-based peruana makes hilarious videos that are relatable for every occasion: partying, heartbreaks, working out and more. When the red-headed beauty isn’t cracking you up, she’s wowing you with her amazing dance vids.

Follow her on Instagram.

2. Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is one of the baddest artivists in the game. The Oakland, Calif.-based peruana uses art to address feminist, migrant, economic and ecological issues. The executive director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization engaging artists, writers and performers in migrant rights, her pages are filled with beautiful, colorful pieces that seek to bring culture and political change.

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3. Kat Lazo

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You might have heard us talk about Kat Lazo before. The We Are Mitú star and producer is a leading Latina feminist voice, using her social media accounts to challenge mainstream media and question social norms. From Twitter to Instagram, this New York-based Peruvian-colombiana baddie uses humor to educate and uplift.

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4. Connie Chavez

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Cinematographer and photographer Connie Chavez’s social media pages are always filled with glorious visuals. From dope feminist projects to behind-the-scenes flicks with big-name celebs to just fly ass shots of the Peruvian babe herself, this New York-based brujita will certainly brighten your newsfeed.

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5. La Loba Loca

Soooooo… I got back to so-called LA a little over a week. I was in Chile and Peru for 2.5 months visiting family, learning and working ??during this time I started a sci fi book (first chapter goes out the last day of the month to Patreon supporters), started writing for magazines + independent publications, started a Patreon!!! <which u can pledge and access exclusive material as little as $1/month??‍♀️link in bio>, started a podcast and made some chapters in Chile and Peru that will be out for my Patreon, started cooking a v-blog called “tecito time” that focuses on what I am currently doing/working through available for Patreon supporters! Honestly it was such a needed travel back home and feeling super privilege to 1) be able to come in and out of this illegal country state 2) for the support of y’all that allow me to work even as I visit blood fam. I left my blood fam when I was 19 and I feel like after almost 10 yrs all I want is to be cuddle by my mami y abuelitas ?? It was a really important time to really figure out where I want to focus my energy and life force and the ways I want to continue making my self-employed worker bee sustainable. I am honestly not trying to overwork myself, which I feel is so hard sometimes for self-employed creatives that don’t got trust funds or financial support from wealthy family or spouse. With that said: I am mailing all orders this week + finishing up the material for folx doing my SEEDLINGSHIP + all the writing and video projects for community publications and summit!!! Also, I am open for booking hand poke tattoo session, currently scheduling pro domming/dominatrix sessions in LA, consultations for creative business, radical autonomous health consultations AND booking schools + community workshops for the rest of the year. Still a witch in training trying to figure out how to juggle things and hopefully win in life and self-preservation. Email me to contact@lalobaloca.com or DM me here to book me or follow up with me ????#brujafeminism #queer #queermagic

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La Loba Loca is a Cali-based queer Peruvian feminist using their Instagtam to spread abuelita knowledge. Their ‘gram is made up of beautiful posts on natural medicine, reproductive health, decolonizing practices and just some hilarious feminist meme fun.

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6. Anna Mvze

Straight out of Washington, DC, peruana rapper-singer Anna Mvze’s instavids will have you hooked on her música. And when her bilingual jams aren’t making your hips move, you’ll be blushing by how cute the young emcee is while hustling her way to the top.

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7. Amy Rose

Talking about cute, it doesn’t get more adorable than Peruvian-Colombian Amy Rose. The New York-based self-described “Inca Kola” mami’s ‘gram is a treat for the eyes and soul. Along with the most cutesy-slash-edgy selfies are posts for the most 2000s nostalgic millennial, brown girl power art, reproductive health info and the sweetest display of queer love.

Follow her on Instagram.

8. Ariana Rodriguez Zertuche

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OK, so peruanas have to be some of the flyest nenas around, and Ariana Rodriguez Zertuche, more popularly known as Diosa Femme, is further proof. This LA-based queer high femme is the co-creator of Locatora Radio, and just like on her Latina feminist podcast, this Peruvian-mexicana’s ‘gram is filled with beautiful art, poems and selfies centered on radical self-care, spirituality and femme power.

Follow her on Instagram.

9. Sam H. Escobar

With more than 39 thousand Twitter followers, people care what Sam H. Escobar has to say. As they should! As the deputy editor at Allure magazine, this part-Peruvian journo tweets about beauty, media and SJ issues, and has built a following based on their smart and witty writing.

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10. Carmen Carrera

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With more than 407 thousand followers on Instagram, Carmen Carrera is a force. The New Jersey-based Peruvian-Puerto Rican model and trans activist’s page is packed with beauty and fashion images that’ll make you drool. And when you’re done, there are even some fitness vids that show you all of her ways.

Follow her on Instagram.

11. Maritza Alva Grande

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For that feel-good feeling, you need to be following Maritza Alva Grande. This belleza peruana’s page is where Inca queen meets LA mami. Here, you’ll find posts on immigrant rights, Peruvian culture, self-love and girl gang goals.

Follow her on Instagram.

12. Cindy Rodriguez

Officially, Cindy Y. Rodriguez is a journalist and photographer. Unofficially, she’s an adventurous, funny girl. With this combination, her page is filled with beautiful imagery of sights around the country and world and captions that’ll make you giggle. As the co-host of the Morado Lens podcast, it’s also not surprising to see posts on Latina feminism and brujería on this New Jersey peruana’s ‘gram.

Follow her on Instagram.

Read: 9 Salvadoran Boss Ladies To Follow And Support On Instagram As Soon As Humanly Possible

Name some other peruanas who we should all be following in the comments.

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This Latina Is Saving The Indigenous Peruvian Language One Computer Game At A Time

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This Latina Is Saving The Indigenous Peruvian Language One Computer Game At A Time

Peru is a country rich in folklore. From Pachamama, a fertility goddess who sustains life, to Señora de Cao, a warrior queen considered the first female ruler of pre-Hispanic Peru, the South American country is teeming with tales that offer glimpses into the past as well as information and inspiration that could enrich its people’s lives today. Cecilia De La Fuente-Gorbitz doesn’t want these stories, and the cultural knowledge and pride they could induce, to get lost in time, so she started The K’uychi Project.

Launched in 2017, the project, which began as a children’s book, has turned into a multiplatform undertaking that uses technology and didactic materials to teach indigenous Peruvian culture and language.

“I wanted to research Peruvian folktales. I said to myself, ‘kids all over Peru know European folktales like Cinderella and Snow White, yet, in Peru, which has such a rich heritage of these stories, they are virtually unknown,” De La Fuente-Gorbitz, an anthropologist and artist, told FIERCE.

That’s when she started writing “K’uychi and the Awki.” The book, which she plans to self-publish in April, tells the story of K’uychi, a mythical young girl who embarks on a quest to find water after her village has been hit by a drought. On her journey, she meets friendly creatures who guide her to a mountain spirit, the Awki. The bilingual storybook will be available in print with side-by-side text in Quechua and Spanish as well as in digital form in Quechua/Spanish and Spanish/English.

De La Fuente-Gorbitz, who wrote and illustrated the book, also created an accompanying simple-objective, one screen game. Through the K’uychi Mini Game, available on Google Play, users move K’uychi from side to side to help her collect raindrops and avoid Kon, the Peruvian god of rain and wind who became vengeful after humans stopped giving him offerings, from falling on her. During the game, K’uychi says different words in Quechua, like “haylli,” or “bravo,” when she collects a raindrop, or “sonqo,” “heart,” when she gets a red heart. Soon, De La Fuente-Gorbitz, who has computer programming experience, plans on releasing a more advanced, platform game, where the player helps K’uychi complete various levels by using the right Quechua word.

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For the Peruvian-born, New York-based creative, technology, like video games, is both an interactive tool to learn and preserve culture as well as a way to challenge notions that Peruvian traditions are antiquated.

“When people go to Peru, they focus on archaeological sites: museums that show artifacts from so long ago. That’s great, but people need to understand Peruvian culture is not dead, and it doesn’t need to be buried in a museum. It can be a part of the modern world,” she said.

While English is widely considered the language of the modern world, De La Fuente-Gorbitz wants Peruvian youth, many having been taught to abandon the indigenous tongues of their parents or ancestors, to understand that these languages remain spoken throughout South America today. In fact, about 4 million people in Peru speak Quechua, one of the most dominant tongues of the highlands of South America, and about 4 to 8 million more speak the language across the Americas. For her, this is evidence that widely spoken indigenous languages are neither obsolete or outdated.

“Peruvians, even with traditional culture, are also a part of the modern world. We are alive today. People till this day communicate in Quechua, so it’s important to bridge that gap and give a way for these voices that have been isolated from the rest of the world and from people’s eyes through technology,” the 27-year-old said.

De La Fuente-Gorbitz’s primary objective for the project is to offer much-needed representation to Peruvian youth. By sharing little-known parts of their history through characters who look like them and share similar experiences, she hopes it will instill self-confidence and inspire them to fight for the preservation of their culture and language.

“We are a country that for decades, centuries, has been minimized in a way, that has looked out to Europe, or the US more recently, instead of looking at our own national identity and taking pride in it. You can see that in the movies, shows and media we watch,” she said. “And I think that affects people, especially children growing up with images that they are somehow not good enough as they are. They don’t see themselves reflected and are constantly being bombarded with an image they will never be able to attain.”

While the creative started The K’uychi Project for youth in her home country, she believes that it could also benefit children and adults of the Peruvian diaspora. While studying in the United States, De La Fuente-Gorbitz, who is currently interning at the Peruvian embassy in Washington, DC, has noticed that unlike in Latin America, where most people identify by the country they were born in, people in the US, especially Latinxs, don’t often refer to themselves as Americans. Regardless if they were born in the US and only speak English, they largely identify with the nationality of their parents or ancestors, hyphenating themselves as Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans or Colombian-Americans.

For her, this self-identity is a result of diasporic Latinos being othered in their birth country because of the color of their skin, surnames or the cultural practices of their families as well as a disconnection from both the land they know and the faraway one of their predecessors. She believes a project like the one she has created could help them feel more rooted.

“I noticed a lot of Latinos want to understand their roots. They have a real genuine interest to reconnect with the land they or their parents emigrated from, and I feel there’s not that many sources of information for them to do so. So my project could help them feel more pride in themselves, how they look and gain self-confidence, and assert that, ‘I am valuable,’” she said.

She’s already finding proof of its effectiveness. In addition to her book and game, De La Fuente-Gorbitz also has an Instagram account that she uses to teach Quechua through vibrant images that illustrate the meaning of words and share its Spanish and English translations. With terms like “Warmi” (“Woman”), “Puñuy” (“to sleep”) and “Wawa” (“baby”), she is educating followers, many of the Peruvian diaspora, on common vocabulary, numbers and verbs in Quechua. The response, she says, has been all positive, with one fan even telling her that she once felt ashamed for not knowing her ancestors’ native language and now feels like she has an outlet where she is able to relearn and return to what was lost.

De La Fuente-Gorbitz, who herself is not a native Quechua-speaker and has leaned on a friend, Helberth, for translations, says she hopes to expand The K’uychi Project and create bilingual stories, games and language lessons in the indigenous tongues of Peru’s coastal, Amazonian and Andean regions.

For her, linguistic diversity makes us as a people smarter, stronger and more united.

“The way we think, our worldview, has to do with the language we speak. We can learn so many different things and broaden our horizons just by understanding someone else’s point of view, and this wouldn’t be possible if we restrict native language use and restrict people’s identities,” she said.

“K’uychi and the Awki” will be available for purchase in Peru and online spring 2019.

Read: In New Jersey, Rosa Carhuallanqui Keeps Her Culture Alive By Teaching Children Peruvian Folkloric Dance

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Tomi Lahren And Stephanie Hamill Have Publicly Shaded Or Shamed Cardi B For Her Vocal Politics, And Both Were Left Annihilated

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Tomi Lahren And Stephanie Hamill Have Publicly Shaded Or Shamed Cardi B For Her Vocal Politics, And Both Were Left Annihilated

Don’t come for Bronx women. Cardi B has warned the world before, yet conservative white women are still trying to square off with the rapper and expecting to come out on top. In the last week, both Tomi Lahren and Stephanie Hamill have publicly shaded or shamed Cardi for her vocal politics, and both were left annihilated after the ‘hood Einstein hit them with verbal jabs.

It started on Wednesday, when Lahren, a Fox Nation host and supporter of Donald Trump, tweeted that the “Money” rapper was the “latest genius political mind to endorse Democrats,” trying to disparage the artist’s political intelligence. She was responding to a video Cardi had posted on Instagram where she criticized the president for initiating the longest government shutdown in US history and expecting government employees to work without pay.

Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, never one to stay silent for too long after a slight, fired back, warning, “Leave me alone I will dog walk you.”

Lahren, with her entitlement and affinity for controversy always present, responded, “I’m sure you would. Still doesn’t make your political rambling any less moronic. #BuildthatWall”

Then, just as Cardi had alerted her, she linguistically dragged tf out of Lahren.

“You’re so blinded with racism that you don’t even realize the decisions the president you root for is destroying the country you claim to love so much .You are a perfect example on no matter how educated or smart you think you are you still a SHEEP,” she shot off to Lahren, who has yet to respond.

Instead, on Monday, another white conservative commentator thirsty to feed off of Cardi’s stardom came for the Dominican-Trinidadian act, this time both minimizing her intelligence and slut-shaming her.

Also on Twitter, Fox News host Stephanie Hamill tweeted a video of Cardi’s latest song “Twerk” and asked, “In the Era of #meToo how exactly does this empower women? Leftists, @iamcardib , feel free to chime in. THX ..”

Belcalis didn’t hesitate to reply, giving the lost Hamill a quick lesson on feminism in the process.

“It says to women that I can wear and not wear what ever I want. do [whatever] I want and that NO still means NO. So Stephanie chime in..If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested ? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks,” she wrote.

Hamill, who thought it acceptable to criticize a woman and then ask her to help her ratings by appearing on her show, responded with alleged concern that sexually empowered women are harmful because, to her, sexual women can’t be intelligent or demand respect.

“I agree, No means NO, NO MATTER what! But this video, & others like this sexually objectify women. I think this hurts all women & the cause. We’re not sex OBJECTS! Clearly we see things differently, (maybe I’m just a hater bc I can’t Twerk ????) Come on my show, debate me!”

No word yet on whether Cardi will take Hamill up on her offer (fingers crossed she says hell nah and continues using her own social media, where she already has millions of followers, for her astute political takes), but let her clapbacks send a signal to all conservative white commentators to leave her tf alone.

Read: Senators Were Hilariously Torn About Sharing Cardi B’s Expletive-Laden Video Denouncing The Government Shutdown

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