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This Mexicana Universal Contestant’s Response To A Question About Discrimination Is A Reminder That Everyone Has A Right To Dream 

Despite what you might think, being a beauty contestant isn’t always as delightful as it seems. A recent exchange between Mexicana Universal contestant Guadalupe Valero and a judge revealed the ugly truth after the model and waitress opened up about facing discrimination for her social class.

Valero revealed that she has been subject to classist attacks on social platforms for her  work as a waitress.

During the pageant, Valero, who entered the pageant as a representative of the southwest Mexican state of Guerrero, was asked by a judge if she had experienced discrimination on the job.

“I have suffered discrimination because I am a waitress, for dedicating myself to an occupation that has taught me to be respectful, that has taught me to be tolerant and has taken out that helpful side that all human beings must have,” the contestant responded. “[People] have humiliated me, they have spoken bad words, they have looked at me and they have believed themselves superior. I read a comment a few days ago that said, ‘They all look beautiful, but the one from Guerrero, you can see her huaraches from afar.’”  

The comment about huaraches was a clear jab meant to shame Guerrero for her origins in a lower social class than most of the other contestants.

Where others might have let the comments get to them, Valero explained it only made her proud of her journey and where she is from.

“I want to say that, yes, I do have my huaraches on, and I tied them tightly before this competition,” Valero told judges. “Because I’m proud of who I am and where I’m from. I come from a mother, who’s a merchant, and a father, who’s a cook. They’ve instilled in me that any job, as long as it’s dignified, is honorable, is respectable.”

Valero went on to explain that because of her job as a waitress, she has been able to pay for her education and will soon graduate with a degree in textile engineering and fashion design.

“People think those of us who start from the bottom have no right to dream,” she said to an applauding crowd. “And they’re mistaken.”

Judges for the event, including Rebecca de Alba and David Salomón, lauded Valero’s response, and she has since received a rush of support from fans on various social platforms. 

Check out Valero’s response below!

Keep up with the pageant, which will have its finale on June 3.

H/T Univision 


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People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners

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People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners

Yes, we know. Makeup maven Kat Von D has been long been on the outs with fans who once adored her. In addition to the slew of offenses stacked up against her, Von D’s recent declaration that she would not be vaccinating her son after his birth certainly has not done her any favors.

Now, the tattoo artists’ latest controversy means she’s enduring another fall from her fans’ graces.

Beauty enthusiasts are currently accusing Von D of scamming them out of their money with the Trooper Tattoo Liner

Cheyenne Vaughan / Facebook

At the end of last month, Facebook user Cheyenne Vaughan accused Von D’s makeup brand of “putting a sample-size eyeliner into a longer-shell tube,” and then selling it to customers for “triple the price.”

Vaughan shared a photo of the eyeliner in her post that showed the dismantled product in three pieces. One was a long tube, the other a cartridge that holds the actual product, and the last piece: a cap.

“Yall I’m about to lose my mind right now,” Vaughan wrote in the post. “Kat von D really been putting a sample size eyeliner into a longer shell tube and selling to my dumb ass for triple the price. I’M ABOUT TO LOSE MY MIND RIGHT NOW.”

Facebook users who saw the post were quick to respond to Vaughan.

“That’s what you get for supporting an anti-vaxer,” wrote on user.

Others came to Von D’s defense, asking Vaughan to support her claims with actual facts.

“Did you actually make sure this is factual, by weighing the amount of liquid in each one? I didn’t think so. Wtf is wrong with people??”

And of course, many didn’t waste time in bringing up the fact that Von D is anti-vaccinations.

“Y’all need to stop supporting the anti-Vaxer,” one wrote.

“That’s what you get for supporting an anti-vaxer,” replied another.

Six thousand shares of the post later, and Von D responded with her defense.

@thekatvond / Instagram

In a post to her Instagram account, Von D asserted that she wasn’t cheating customers. In fact, according to her, while the cartridge is the same size for every liner, the amount of ink inside of it differs depending on the liner size.

“The cartridges in both full size liners and mini liners are the same — it’s the amount of product inside each cartridge that is different. So, for example, the product fill on our full size Tattoo Liner is 0.55 ml, while the product fill for the mini is 0.2 ml – thats over DOUBLE the amount of product! Any brand who has an eyeliner with similar component on the market will tell you the same thing. You need that much cartridge space for the pigment to flow out,” she wrote.

See for yourself in the comments section of Von D’s post on whether or commenters are satisfied. Hint: people remain stanning their anti-Vanti-ant-vaxx position.


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This Teen Just Became The First Indigenous Queen Of Mexico’s Nayarit Beauty Pageant

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This Teen Just Became The First Indigenous Queen Of Mexico’s Nayarit Beauty Pageant

This year’s Nayarit State Fair will be historic. For the first time, the festivity, which takes place from March 7 to March 31 in the western Mexican state, will have an Indigenous woman as its queen.

Yukaima González, an 18-year-old college student from the Wixárika community in the mountainous municipality of Guadalupe Ocotán, won the beauty pageant of the Feria Nayarit.

González, who said she was inspired to compete after following the recent success of Yalitza Aparicio, an Oscar-nominated Indigenous woman who came to fame after starring in Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” hopes her win will similarly empower her own community.

“In my community, we are losing our [indigenous] language, and residents are ashamed of wearing their traditional clothing. I’m here so that they’ll feel proud of our roots and who we are,” González, who studies physical education and sports at the Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, told El Universal.

According to Mexico News Daily, she impressed the judges during the “traditional dress” round, where she donned a beaded ensemble that exhibited the Wixárika god’s eyes. Her proposed social project, which would provide support to Nayarit’s isolated mountain communities to open artisanal bakeries to support self-employment and community well-being, was also impactful.

In a post on Twitter, the barrier-breaking queen thanked those who were celebrating her win. “Gracias,” she wrote, sharing a photo of her crowned as the “Reina Feria Nayarit.”

@YukaimaG / Twitter

González was one of 15 contestants from each of Nayarit’s districts to compete, and she was one of two Indigenous contestants — a first for the fair. The second hopeful was Adriana Díaz López, a Cora indigenous woman from the municipality of Nayer.

(h/t Remezcla)

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