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9 Disabled Latinas Killing It In Fashion And Beauty

Thanks to ableist movies like “Me Before You,” “Split” and “The Shape of Water,” when most people think of disabilities they often associate it with all things depressing, scary or pitiful. Mainstream media  consistently portrays disabilities in a way that have led many of us to believe that those in the community only come with one story and one shade: ones that are depressing and white. Fortunately, the stories of the disabled community are so much diverse, they’re beautiful, fierce, many are positive and all come in the many different skin tones that contribute to Fenty Beauty’s existence.

Here are nine Disabled Latinas who are challenging beauty standards and showing the world how beautiful and diverse Disabled Latina beauty is.

1. Tamara Mena

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Happy #cincodemayo!! ???????? I’m Proud to be #Mexican!! So with that said, today is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day!! Today, a really important battle was won that led us to our Independence Day on September 16th! So it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day, today! Just for all of you who may not know!???? But somehow this is a day that someone in the US figured out, hey let’s make a lot of money celebrating mexico, selling lots of margaritas ???? and tacos????! ????????‍♀️???? So cheers to that! Enjoy today ☄️and be safe!!! Don’t drink and drive!!???? It’s not worth it! ???? What ya think about this look? All my clothes and accessories were hand made and embroidered by indigenous people in Mexico!♥️ • OMG I forgot to tell you all the most important thing about today, TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY SECOND CAR ACCIDENT, in which I was driving! It was so bad that we dropped 50 feet, my car rolled over three times, that car is totaled…but by god’s grace and my angels watching over me,we all survived, my mom, @marthaelviap and my cousin @dayrarominna!????♥️ So today I don’t just celebrate, cinco de mayo, I celebrate life!! Because I’m SO so lucky to be alive so cheers to LIFE!!! • __________________ Feliz Cinco de Mayo, a los que lo celebran! Yo sé que en #Mexico no se celebra tanto como en E.U. Pero bueno cómo orgullosa Mexicana, les comparto esta foto!????????♥️ A celebrar! Pero si tomas, no manejes por favor!???? No vale la Pena ???? Bendiciones! Les gusta este look? con ropa típica y accesorios hechos a mano por nuestros paisanos de #oaxaca! ♥️ • Chicos me olvidé de compartirles lo más importante de este día, HOY ES EL ANIVERSARIO DE MI SEGUNDO ACCIDENTE DE CARRO, en el cual yo estaba manejando! Fue horrible, tanto que nos caímos a un barranco y mi carro se volcó tres veces, caímos 50 pies y ese carro fue perdida total…Pero por la gracia de Dios y nuestros ángeles que nos estaban cuidando, todas sobrevivimos mi mamá, @marthaelviap y mi prima, @dayrarominna!????♥️ Así es que hoy no sólo celebró el “5 de Mayo” CELEBRÓ La VIDA!! Porque soy MUY afortunada en estar VIVA después de ese accidente, así es que salud por la vida!!! ????

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Born and raised in Leon, Mexico, Mena immigrated to the United States at 13. The bilingual motivational speaker, actress, and model advocates for disability rights by frequently sharing her experiences on Instagram. When Tamara was 19, she suffered a car accident that left her paralyzed from the mid-chest down. The accident also caused the death of her boyfriend. In the years following the incident, Tamara has worked as a public speaker and encouraged others in the community on how to thrive in the face of a derailment. She participated in the famous beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina as the first woman to be in a wheelchair in the competition and is one of the first Disabled talents to work with Ipsy. These days, she continues to use her voice and style to show young Disabled Latinas that they can achieve their dreams.

2. Jillian Mercado

This Disabled Afro-Latina has been killing it on the runway and in front of the camera since her modeling career took off when she landed an ad campaign with Diesel Jeans. Born with muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass, Jillian has used her voice to highlight how she and others have grown up with a severe lack of disabled representation in the fashion world. Since this New York Based Dominicana’s ad with Diesel Jeans, she has been signed with IMG models and has worked with Target and other large major brands. She’s definitely one to keep an eye on in the fashion world.

3. Marimar Quiroa

This Selona/Latina is killing the makeup game on Instagram and YouTube with her vibrant use of eyeshadows to create signature looks. Marimar is a 23-year-old Latina born with a facial tumor called “Cystic Hygroma.” She uses sign language to communicate with her followers on YouTube and Instagram and spreads a message to others to embrace their beauty. Growing up Marimar felt she needed to hide her face but after discovering makeup, she has embraced her features and found a passion in being a makeup artist.

4. Christina Feliz

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❤ help me name this one, please ???? @soonerjh : Photo @rikaslashbar lashes in Thicc Hunty @fentybeauty killawat duo in lightning dust and fire crystal, foundation in 190 @oalikacosmetics brow pomade in ebony @anastasiabeverlyhills Modern Renaissance @colourpopcosmetics concealer in 00 @wetnwildbeauty PhotoFocus concealer in medium peach @lacolorscosmetics chunky lip pencil in Cocoa @no7usa stay put liner #flowers #flowermoon #fullmoon # #flower #flowercrown #flowerchild #peach #pink #red #portrait #eyeshadow #colorful #bright #makeup #color #eyes #eyemakeuplook #eyemakeup #eyeshadow #eyeliner #modernrenaissance #retro #blush #model #highlight #glow #undiscovered_muas #hmua #creative #creator

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Christina Feliz Martinez is a makeup artist and professional model based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Inspire by her Latinidad, chronic illness, and love for makeup, she uses her platform to share looks that she creates that celebrate it all. Because of her chronic illness, she has retired from modeling full time but does shoots occasionally. These days, she’s mostly focused on her work as a full-time makeup artist who highlights beauty products that can be a benefit to the chronic illness community.

5. Dru Presta

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BE THE VOICE YOU NEEDED WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER ???? RIVALS OR FRIENDS? With this film, I was able to express a side of this industry that many do hide. Putting each other down to rise is NOT how we build empires. WE NEED TO BUILD EACH OTHER UP! We all have features we don’t like about ourselves, how we become jealous of others for what they have, but you never know if that same person your jealous of, is also jealous of you…. @tameramowrytwo and I show, you never know ones true struggles until you LISTEN and OBSERVE and then ACCEPT that person for who they are and the features they already have. STOP BEING JEALOUS AND BUILD ONE ANOTHER UP! ‼️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️????????♥️ @eastersealssocal WERE COMING FOR YOU ???????????? ???? @stylesbywinnie @gallardolchris #disabilityfilmchallenge #filming #model #fashionistas #competition #rivalsorfriends #filmindustry #filmmaking #littlepeople #changingperspective

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Standing at 3ft 4in, this Puerto Rican-Sicilian model born with a form of dwarfism is on a mission to change the fashion industry one photo at a time. Dru grew up in Reno, Nevada where she experiences bullying and isolation from her peers. Determined to not let the ugliness of others affect her, Presta uses her platform to show her audience that sexy can come in many sizes.

6. Annie Segarra

Annie Segarra, more commonly known online as Annie Elainey is a Disabled Peruvian-Ecuadorian Latinx with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which is a connective tissue disorder. On YouTube, Annie creates videos that bring awareness to EDS but also speaks about the intersection of being disabled and Queer. Their platform has become a safe space for Disabled LGBTQ+ to feel seen and supported. When Annie isn’t creating videos, they’re slaying on Instagram with their #disabledandcute fashion looks. Their photos show outfits paired perfectly with their mobility aids.

7. Jessica Ruiz

Jessica Ruiz is a Puerto Rican-Irish makeup artist based in Philadelphia whose main tool in creating looks for her clients is her mouth!  Born with arthrogryposis, a condition that doesn’t allow her joints to move “normally”, she learned how to apply makeup with her mouth by holding the tools between her lips. She made makeup accessible for herself and after being rejected by a beauty school because of her disability she said “girl bye” and began a career for herself as a makeup artist. Her biggest break came when she had the opportunity to work at the Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week where she was the lead makeup artist for the event. Jessica is making a name for herself as a disabled Latina MUA, and won’t be stopping any time soon!

8. Elsie Tellier

Living with Cystic Fibrosis (a terminal illness that affects the respiratory and gastrointestinal system), this Mexican-French Canadian uses her wheelchair to show off her love for fashion and her personality. After finding clothes that were comfortable and made her feel good while being in her chair, she began painting her wheels with pictures of galaxies and flowers to match her aesthetics. She uses her mobility aid as a fashion statement that challenges society’s absurd beauty standards. Tellier has said that her big goal is to see fashion brands make fashion accessible for those who use aids like wheelchairs, crutches, canes etc.

9. Giovanna “Gigi” Giscome

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This Afro-Latina from New York City and based in San Francisco Bay Area combines her love for fashion and modeling with her disability rights activism. Gigi has said that as she was growing up her parents taught her to love her disability but she soon noticed that that outside of her family atmosphere often revealed how uncomfortable they were with her disability. While she personally felt fine about being disabled she knew she wanted to change the mindset of others and did so with the help of fashion. Modeling and becoming a fashionista is Gigi’s way of fighting beauty standards which typically only showcase white, able models. Her fashion choices make a statement that both she and her disability are beautiful. Her photos show that she can bring it when it comes to high fashion with jaw-dropping looks.


Read: I’m A Strong, Beautiful, Disabled Latina But I Feared My Body When It Came Down To My First Time Doing ‘It’

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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

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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.

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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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Demi Lovato Departs From Twitter After 21 Savage Backlash During The Super Bowl

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Demi Lovato Departs From Twitter After 21 Savage Backlash During The Super Bowl

Last night’s Super Bowl wasn’t just brutal for the Rams. After a day of news surrounding the arrest and detainment of “Bank Account” rapper 21 Savage by ICE and a misfired tweet by “Sorry Not Sorry” singer Demi Lovato, Twitter erupted in an all-out cruelly fueled attack that ended in the singer’s departure from Twitter.

Demi Lovato is off Twitter again thanks to Twitter outrage and our country’s growing immigration problem.

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On Sunday morning, news outlets reported that 21 Savage, legally named Shayaa Bin Abraham-Josep, was arrested, by ICE in Atlanta. He is currently accused of being UK citizen who entered the United States when he was a minor in 2005 with a visa which has since expired. After a morning of reports about the arrest users signed on to Twitter to fire off tweets and comments about the events, which namely reflected on surprise over the rapper’s citizenship. Apparently, not everyone knew the rapper was British. Chiming into the conversation on Twitter, Lovato commented that “So far 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.” The comment resulted in a swift charge of tweets that admonished the singer for being insensitive over the rapper’s recent detainment.

Users online were quick to reprimand Lovato for making a joke out of an extremely serious issue that has, particularly in recent years, cast a shadow of fear on so many people, including citizens, living in the United States.

Others accused Lovato of tweeting on a keyboard of priviledge.

While comments that Lovato’s initial tweet weren’t completely unwarranted, the criticism that quickly unraveled from the situation became out of control with many users attempting to shame Lovato for her more recent mental health crisis.

Towards the end of the summer of last year, the singer alarmed friends and occupied headlines when reports that she had suffered from an overdose emerged. For years, the singer has spoken up about her struggles with severe medical conditions such as eating disorders, drug addiction, and bipolar disorder.

Soon, after Lovato attempted to clarify her tweet.

In a series of photos posted to her Instagram Stories, Lovato shared screenshots of users who turned a moment that could have been a learning lesson to Lovato on empathy and turned into a personal attack on her struggle with drug addiction. “F— Twitter,” she wrote in one post. “This is why I don’t tweet anymore.” Soon after she shared photos of the meme that she had referred to in her initial post that set the comments sections of her social pages on fire. “FYI this is the s— I’m laughing at…not the fact that anyone is getting deported,” she wrote.

As some users pointed out,

Soon after Lovato took to Instagram to write in her story that she “Wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported”  and that she was “Sorry if I offended anyone. But it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction let alone their OD.”

While the entire Twitter debacle ended with Lovato checking off Twitter and 21 Savage still, in ICE custody, it has left many of Lovato’s followers and users on Twitter disheartened by the nature of the tweets in response to the singer.

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