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20 Things You Basically Did Every Day During The 90s

If you grew up in the 90s, then you are probably pretty familiar with and nostalgic for all of the things that made that decade the very best to grow up during. From the beauty and fashion looks we all rocked back then to all of the 90s songs we STILL love to karaoke to, there are certain things that made the 90s iconic. You can probably close your eyes and still remember the entire video to Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” or remember how you felt when you first saw JLo in the Selena biopic. Plus, you probably had a huge crush on Freddie Prinze, Jr., and loved Ricky Martin BEFORE he hit it big with his cross-over single “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” amirite?

Well, as a trek down memory lane, here are 20 things that you basically did every day during the 90s. And yes, you’re welcome for the nostalgia.

1. Listened to Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” non-stop.


I was obsessed with this music video and I was definitely not the only one. It’s still a song that rings in my ears whenever anyone mentions the Ecuadorean-American singer because, let’s face it, 90s Xtina was the best Xtina.

2. Closed your eyes and dreamed about dancing with Enrique Iglesias.


Whether you loved him before this song came out or not, it’s no argument that Enrique shot to fame with “Bailamos.” Sure, he’s technically not Latinx (his lineage is from Spain and the Philippines) but he was part of the Latin pop explosion of the 90s and for that we will always love him.

3. Watched Jennifer Lopez in Selena more times than we could count.


Jlo wouldn’t be JLo if it wasn’t for Selena. Although it’s impossible not to cry when watching this biopic, it’s also impossible not to feel a certain something for the 90s Puerto Rican actress and singer we all came to know and love.

4. Crushed hard on Freddie Prinze Jr. in, like, every movie ever.


Seriously, is there anything cuter than Puerto Rican actor Freddie Prinze, Jr., in She’s All That? I don’t think so. He was possibly the most crush-worthy Latino in the 90s… Though, don’t worry, we have a few more on this list that will send your heart aflutter, too.

5. Danced to Selena Quintanilla’s Amor Prohibido album over and over.


Seriously, how many times did you listen to this one? I had her album on a tape (remember those?) and I pretty much wore my tape out. No regrets, though, because then I got it on CD and could continue my non-stop listening. The Mexican-American singer will forever be in our hearts… and in our ears.

6. Joined your mami in watching many of Thalía’s telenovelas.


Thalía may forever remain the Mexican telenovela queen — and this was especially true in the 90s. I loved her in basically anything and everything and, really, there will be nobody greater.

7. Memorized the words to Mariah Carey’s “Hero” for whenever you felt sad.


Mariah Carey had a lot of hits in the 90s and beyond, but her song “Hero” will forever hold a special place in the heart of us 90s kids. Why? Because it was a heartfelt ode to those of us who needed one. And, well, it still makes me feel powerful whenever I hear it so I will forever be grateful to the Afro-Venezuelan songbird.

8. Wondered whether Benicio del Toro was the greatest or the greatest.


Ever since Puerto Rican actor Benicio came on the scene, it’s been a dream. I loved him in Excess Baggage, his movie with Alivia Silverstone, and in every movie since. But 90s Benicio will forever hold a special place in our hearts, amirite?

9. Tried to recreate Salma Hayek’s movie and red carpet looks.


Salma Hayek’s beauty is timeless and so are the movies that she starred in during the 90s. Although the Mexican and American star’s titular turn in Frida didn’t come until 2002, we took notice of her years before. Whether you dressed up as her vampire queen in From Dusk Till Dawn or as sweet Isabel in Fools Rush In, she has always been an icon.

10. Told all your friends that you liked Ricky Martin BEFORE he crossed over.


Yes, seriously, I was that annoying teenager telling all of my American friends who were fawning over “La Vida Loca” that I loved Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin back when… But it’s okay, we can ALL share him.

11. Bought every magazine with Christy Turlington on the cover.


Christy Turlington was one of the world’s greatest supermodels of the 90s and, in case you didn’t know, she is also the proud child of immigrants (her mom is from El Salvador). But the real reason that we have always loved her is that she was a Latina that we could look up to for her career accomplishments (and, well, maybe not-so-secretly envy for her practically perfect looks).

12. Pretended that Mario Lopez was your boyfriend.


Whenever Saved by the Bell came on, we all crowded around our TVs to watch Mexican-American heartthrob Mario Lopez on the screen. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who pretended that he was my boyfriend. In my dreams, anyway. Honestly, not much has changed since then…

13. Shook your hips to Shakira’s “Ojos Así.”


The 1999 song, which came out two years before her “Whenever, Whenever” helped her cross over from Colombia to the American audience, is one of my favorite songs. In fact, it’s hands down one of Shakira’s best songs… and definitely a great one to shake your hips to, no matter the decade.

14. Attempted to be as kind as Tatyana Ali in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.


The Panamanian-American star was possibly the sweetest part of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Sure, we watched that show primarily for the antics between Will and his Bel Air family, but seeing Ali on the air gave hope (and some much-needed representation) to many Afro-Latinx kids growing up in the 90s.

15. Wanted to be just like Stacey Dash in Clueless.


Okay, so Stacey is probably NOT your favorite person anymore due to her politics but we have to admit that she was pretty awesome in Clueless. In fact, she remains one of the best parts about that movie… and the Afro-Mexican-American actress definitely brought Dionne to life.

16. Pledged yourself to BSB thanks to Howie Dorough and AJ Mclean.


Here’s something that may blow your boy band-loving heart of the 90s: Howie Dorough and AJ McClean are Latino! Howie’s mom is Puerto Rican and AJ’s mom is Puerto Rican and German. Yes, really! But you probably already knew that and that really helped to solidify your BSB love way back when, right?

17. Took your besties to giggle during every Cameron Diaz movie.


The Cuban-American actress made us giggle all throughout the 90s. From her debut as the sultry Tina in The Mask to her turn as Mary alongside Ben Stiller in 1998’s There’s Something About Mary. No matter which movie was your favorite, you probably laughed at her on-screen antics (and still do!).

18. Tried to love baseball just so you could watch Sammy Sosa.


Current controversies and looks aside, Dominican Sammy Sosa was THE baseball player to watch in the 90s when he played on the Chicago Cubs. Truthfully, who didn’t watch baseball in 1998 when he and Mark McGwire competed as they both pursued a home run record?

19. Wondered how you could ever get a body like Patricia Velásquez.


The Venezuelan actress and model was a sight to behold in the 90s. In fact, she’s still pretty great today. Not only was she the first Latina supermodel back in the 90s but today she’s out and proud. Of course, we will never forget her face (and, ahem, amazing body) in the 90s and early 2000s, like in The Mummy Returns.

20. Lusted after Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro.


Okay, so, Antonio Banderas (like Enrique Iglesias) is actually not Latinx since he was born in Spain… However, he still made great strides towards Latinx (or Hispanic, if you want to be technical) representation in the U.S. And, let’s admit it, he was one sexy man. He’s probably responsible for the sexual awakening of many a girl and boy…

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Producer Of Selena Show On Netflix Discloses New Details On Another Selena-Inspired Project


Producer Of Selena Show On Netflix Discloses New Details On Another Selena-Inspired Project

When news broke earlier this year that Netflix would be releasing a show about Selena Quintanilla, well, to put it mildly, people lost their minds. The demand for Selena content — whether through music, fashion, or makeup — is exceptionally high. So it makes sense that a streaming service would want to release something by the late Tejano singer.

The issue remains that the Quintanilla family are incredibly protective of their daughter’s image, music — and overall brand. So, when Netflix secured a deal about Selena and her family, her fans rejoiced.

ABC also said they were interested in a TV-scripted project, inspired by the life of Selena, which also got the seal of approval by her family. Unfortunately, the network ended up turning it down.

We now have more information from the producer responsible for the two Quintanilla family-backed projects.

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Jaime Davila runs Campanario Entertainment — a North American media company — and said that despite ABC turning down the Selena-inspired show he’s still developing it.

Davila, who’s also from South Texas just like Selena, understands the importance of getting a story like this right.

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“I don’t take this lightly…it’s a big deal and I’m excited to really do it justice,” Davila told Deadline. “It’s really taking the time to explore what it was like to be a Mexican American family in the ’80s and ’90s, trying to make it. It’s gonna be great family musical drama.”

Davila had previously said that he was working very closely with Selena’s sister, Suzette, on this show, inspired by the musical legacy of Selena Quintanilla.

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“We are excited to come on board as producers on an ABC music driven, Latino family drama that celebrates Selena’s musical legacy with a lead character whose music and career is inspired by Selena,” Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga said in a statement provided to us back in January.

Davila said that while ABC is no longer in the picture, he and Suzette are continuing to collaborate. We’re confident that another network would want to pick this show up asap.

While ABC is no longer in the picture, he and Suzette are continuing to collaborate. We’re confident that another network would want to pick this show up asap.

Back in January, we were informed via a press release that writer Miguel Nolla (who’s worked on “Scandal”) would be serving as writer and co-executive producer. We were also told that the show would focus on “Alex Guerra, a chart-topping, award-winning pop star who has been estranged from her family for five years.” Guerra “tries to pick up the pieces when a crisis forces her to return home. Alex finds herself back in Texas, juggling a love triangle, the demands of her career and the dark secrets of the family that she now desperately wants to win back.”

It’s a great concept, and now we’re just left wondering if that will still be the plotline or if the entire thing will be reorganized. Either way, we’d love to see this Latino representation on TV.

Fans of Selena have done well to honor and pay tribute to Selena in recent weeks as we approach the anniversary of her death.

Tributes to the reina de cumbia have been on full display this month. Earlier this week Dallas-based artists Jeremy Biggers and Hatziel Flores created a ‘Baila esta Cumbia’ mural in honor of the singer. fortunately after the two never recieved permiosion or permits from the city to paint the mural on a building built in 1884. Fortunately the city has offered to have the two artists paint the image on a

Earlier this month, country music star Kacey Musgraves paid tribute to the classic moment during her own performance at the same venue. Musgraves tribute came as part of the multi-day 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which rapper Cardi B is also set to perform.

The six-time Grammy Award winner’s reverent rendition of the beloved Selena song couldn’t have been performed on a more appropriate day. In keeping with Selena’s performance at the Houston Astrodome, which was song 24 years to the day, Musgraves entered the dome on a horse while wearing a white jumpsuit.

Soon after, Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, revealed that she had seen Musgraves’ performance and almost cried.

“Awww this makes me wanna shed a tear! Take me back. A Big Big Thank you to Kacey Musgraves for the love at the Houston Rodeo tonite with that Selena y Los Dinos Jam!” she said on Instagram.

Camila Cabello also jumped on the honor-Selena-roll At Houston Rodeo earlier this week.


The Cuban singer showed up in full rodeo attire on Tuesday night, which reminded us a ton of Cardi B’s cowboy outfit that she wore in Houston. However, the “Havana” singer went all black with rhinestones with her outfit. It is definitely giving us the same vibes as Selena’s iconic black and bedazzled bustier that we all remember all these years later.

She looked stunning in her cowboy chaps. Are we sure she isn’t a true Texan?


“Thank you, Houston Rodeo!” Cabello wrote on social media. “I went up there and was so nervous, every time I saw a yellow NBTS hoodie I was so relieved lmao, thank you for always making me feel supported and loved, I love you guys so much!!!!!! PS, how can I sign up to be a cowgirl.”

It’s been interesting to see which song an artist covers and whether they sing in Spanish or English. Cabello did a rendition of Selena’s first English crossover song “Dreaming Of You.” Definitely a good choice to go with a fan favorite that is also one of the most iconic songs of all time.

Here’s Cabello’s cover of Selena’s “Dreaming Of You.”

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Cabello wrote: “55,001 souls dreaming of Selena last night at the Houston rodeo. We love you, Selena ????” Yes, we do. It seems like most of the people at Cabello’s concert felt the same way. Basically, if you are in Texas right now, check out the artist at Houston Rodeo because chances are you will get a great Selena tribute out of the deal. So worth it.

Obviously the Texas fans were here for it because, well, anything for Selenas.

We wish we could have been there to experience the magic. Cabello is Cuban-Mexican-American and it is clear that Selena is one of her inspirations. The way she was able to capture the emotion of the song and give everyone a tearful moment remembering the queen of our childhoods and her iconic music.

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

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These Latina Inspired Manicures are Just the Style You Need to Rock For Your Next Mani

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These Latina Inspired Manicures are Just the Style You Need to Rock For Your Next Mani

Nail care has come a long way since the first manicure salon opened in New York in 1878. First considered part of the medical and hygiene industry, manicures were only for the rich who favored short, round nails as a symbol of wealth. Despite it’s origin, manicures are now widely available, inexpensive and more creative than ever.

Innovation in the nail care field has seen manicurists push the limits of what can be realistically done to nails. Bubble, sculpted and embellished nail art are seen both on the runway and in your barrio. Themed nail art is an especially popular trend and is designed to express individual style.

What better way to express that style than with nail art specifically designed for Latina-themed manicures?

These creative Latina-inspired manicures  have your girls asking where you got your nails did.

1. The perfect match for your concha craving.

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Is there anything better than a fresh-baked concha? How about getting those pretty pastel pastries without worrying about your diet? This concha nailsart offers just the sweet manicure you need. These handpainted nails come courtesy of TopKnot Nails in Portland Oregon.

2. Nails fit for a queen—specifically the Queen of Tejano music.

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Selena has been an icon since she first stepped up to the microphone. Show your devotion and immortalize the superstar with your next manicure. These nails, designed by San Antonio’s Cassie Chaos, add even more glitz and glamour to iconic images of the Queen of Tejano music.

3. Nails for you Dominican dolls.

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Show your love for your Dominican roots with this manicure featuring the country’s muñecas sin rostro. These colorful dolls are created without facial features to showcase the diversity of the Dominican people. This lovely nail art comes from master nail technician Ami Vega.

4. Manicures like this will protect you from the Mal de Ojo.

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Your mama, tías and abuela have been warning you about the dangers of the Evil Eye all your life. Now you can take the protection of the Mal de Ojo with you wherever you go. This killer mani is another masterpiece to come out of Ami Vega’s New York shop.

5. A mani that’s just plain ingenious.

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These nails completely capture the vibe of Mexico and the Southwest. Based on the beautiful artwork of ingenous_, these nails feature colorful depictions of cacti, Day of the Dead-styled skulls, and a tiny Frida. Furthermore, this mani is another incredible handpainted work of art by Ami Vega.

6. Let’s Taco-bout these nails.

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Do you wish that everyday were Taco Tuesday? With this manicure, it can be! First of all, we’ve gotta taco-bout this mani’s punny message. The colorful palette and handpainted artwork is courtesy of the creative Nails by Kait.

7. Rep these raspas next time you hit the salon.

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This mani will take you back to those summer days outside the refresqueria. You can practically taste the sweetness when you look at these gorgeously embellished raspas. Nail artist Ka Yee is responsible for this refreshingly unique manicure.

8. A perfect offering for Día de los Muertos.

With these nails, you can celebrate Día de los Muertos every day of the year. This manicure features traditional imagery, like sugar skulls and flowers, to observe the festival of the dead. These hauntingly beautiful nails are the creation of irienailsllc.

9. This manicure is meant for Mass.

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No doubt, your overly devout grandmother will gush over these works of art. Catholic iconography and bling collide to create the baddest mani this side of Sunday Mass. With this mani, making the sign of the cross never looked so good.

10. These nails will match your cutest Pueblo dress.

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Delicate florals, lace, and embroidery are mainstays in Mexican fashion and art. So, we’re not surprised to see these images make their way onto our manis. This Pueblo-inspired design comes to us from the artists at Florida’s s Nail Art Lounge.

11. Where this sweet mani when you get all dolled up.

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These sweet Mexican rag-dolls will take you back to your days as a little girl. You’ll never be alone when you display these darling dolls on your nails. These cute memories of our childhood were created by Nails 15 in Baja California.

12. Inspired by the beauty of Mexican ceramics.

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Your friends will think they wandered into a Mexican market when they see you sporting these clean and colorful nails. Looking like the ceramic tiles you’ll find adorning our cities, this manicure uses delicate handpainted brushwork to replicate the look. This nail art was created all the way in Sydney, Australia by Miss Betty Rose.

13. When you want to wear your heart on your sleeve (or at least your nails).

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In Mexican Folk Art, there are a few images that are essential to depicting the genre. The Sacred Heart, crosses, skulls, and cacti are all essential to an authentic piece. With those guidelines checked, this mani is a true work of Mexican Folk Art. Miami’s Rose B Nails is the artist behind this handpainted masterpiece.

14. Show you’re crazy about cacti with these nails.

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Cacti can be found across the Southwest United States, down through Mexico and across Latin America. Whether we’re growing succulents in our gardens or grilling up napoles, cacti have become a symbol of our cultures. This stamped manicure is a true Mexicana original designed by lluvia_stampingnail.

15. Rock these if Guadalupe is your homegirl.

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Ever since La Virgen appeared to Juan Diego, she became the OG homegirl. Hand-painted to perfection and decked put in dazzling embellishments, these nails are the perfect tribute to the Queen of Queens. The nail tech behind this heavenly design is London’s Alice McColm.

16. You need these for your next night of Loteria.

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Are you feeling lucky? Well, maybe you’ll feel a little more fortunate with nails like these. Everyone’s favorite game is now an awesome manicure. Featuring Loteria images like La Sirena and El Corazon, the decals for this mani were created by Cha Cha Covers.

17. Because Avocados are life.

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Daily reminder that avocados are the good kind of fat so eat up, gente. We’ve had the delectable Latin American native as guacamole and sliced inside a torta but we’ve never had it on our manicures. These cutie ‘cados were hand painted by Colorado nail technician Melinda X Vang.

18. This mani will make you feel like you’re on a Mexican vacay.

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During these cold winter months, we could use a vacation to somewhere warmer. However, if you can’t sneak away down south, your nails can at least say “I’m ready for Spring Break.” Yet again, Ami Vega brings a Latinx-vibe to nail art with her hand-drawn chilis, maracas, and tacos.

19. A manicure to that will have you singing “Recuérdame.”

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We still haven’t gotten over the feels from Disney’s Coco. It’s cool, though, because we can turn our manis into makeshift ofrendas to honor Mama Coco and the familia. These decals from Cha Cha Covers make us go “Un Poco Loco” over this look.

20. Man-Go get this mani, ASAP.

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Vibrant and irresistible. Do you think we’re talking about the fruit or describing this cool mani? The build-up of greens, red and yellows create nail art almost good enough to eat. This delicious artwork comes all the way from Bangladesh where Nail Paintings by Rupa creates next level manicures.

Read: The Very First Latina Disney Princess Might Be Coming To The Big Screen — And This Megastar Could Have A Role In Its Creation

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