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These Pics Of Latinas Showing Off This Summer’s Unlikeliest Trend Will Have You Ready To Jump Into Your Bikini Suit With No Fuss

Just when you thought that trends like the itty bitty sunglass and multi-color hair dye looks hadn’t left any room for more summer goals, chicas of Instagram have one more audaz y hermoso look for you to get addicted to. This time, however, instead of running up a bill at your favorite online shop, all you’ll need is to strip and rock some swimwear. That’s right, mi gente, in the year of our Lord 2018, stretch marks are finally being appreciated as a trait to be flaunted and this summer it’s time to put yours on exhibit.

Here are seven pics to prove that owning your stretch marks this summer aren’t for girls who are trying to “be brave” or join in on a trend, but for real women happy to be carefree and stylin’.

1. Estrías on hype for the best high-waisted look of the summer.

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Of course, it comes as no surprise that Afro-Latina Queen Bee Monica Stylemuse would be kicking it poolside not giving a single-ish over her stripes. Snag a tip for your future Instagram looks from this proud Dominicana’s page by embracing your bum stripes with a high slit bikini bottom.

Check out more of her summer looks here.

2. The peek-a-boo stripes which must never be hidden by a onesie.

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Embrace the tummy skin lace this summer by putting it on full display. Take a hint from Crissy and opt for a bikini that shows of your natural curves while also highlighting your beauty marks.

Check out more of her looks here.

3.  These stripes that are just here to roll with the punches.

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Vanessa Romo has a cute curvy body and some fly stretch marks to boot. No need to cover up your marks with any of that tanner and cream caca, copy/paste Romo’s look by wearing whatever GD bathing suit your heart desires.

Find more of your summer goals with her looks here.

4. These sweet teta stripes though.

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It’s pretty impossible not to fall in love with Denise Mercedes and her confidence. The successful Dominican Instagrammer is all about the self-love #bopo. Chase her look with a similar low cut bathing suit that’ll help you show off the stripes that formed naturally on your senos.

Find more of her cute summer looks here.

5. Marks which are ready for you day or night.

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Now, I’m guessing that if you’re ready to share your stretch marks with the world, you’ll have little trouble doing so in the bedroom. Still, if you’re not out shopping for some lingerie that’ll highlight just how sexy your stretch marks are, then take a tip from Denise and add something silky and colorful for your nighttime wear to your check out cart.

Check her page out for more tips on how to be more beautifully authentic here.

6. Never ever let these babes be disgraced with a filter.

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You really can’t lose with an Instagram pic that shows of your melanin AND your stripes while you’re chilling poolside. Still, do your colors and stripes justice by ditching the filter por favor ???? we wanna see those marks in their full glory.

Get more tips on how to embrace your body positively by following her here.

7. Hold up I think we just found the natural thigh high.

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If the Instagram bikini pics of the summer have proved anything it’s that vertical stripes are totally in. The next time you head to the beach, avoid any instincts you might have to buckle under societal pressure and go full on with your display with a high slit or thong bikini bottom. TRUST you will not regret your choice. Do it for the gram!

Check out more of her summer style inspo here.

8. The 21-year-old artist from Torrelles de Llobrega, a small town outside of Barcelona, Spain, uses her paintbrush to make glorious rainbows out of stretch marks to inspire women to view what they’ve been told were imperfections as cunning attributes to their bodies.

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“I want all bodies to be seen as equally valid and beautiful. We are all different, our bodies are different, but in each of us there is beauty,” Cartró told Metro UK.

9. These stretchies that prove they’re Victoria

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Lais Ribeiro often shows off her lightning line.

10. These little tummy zags.

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These cute little skin laces make for the perfect crop top pairing.

11. Those thigh stripes are like lightning.

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Aw even Mickey thinks they’re cute!

12. These strips are ready to rip it.

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How sweet are these cute little babies??

13. And these are ready to sweat.

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Her marks are ready to take you out.

14. These cuties are the best thing you’ve ever seen.

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Ready to pump iron, those.

15. Stretchies on FLEEEEEK

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Giving me extra lightning vibes.

16.  These stretchies that look better than those snacks.

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DAMN girls break out those marks!

17. Literal gold on those thighs ya know.

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Seriously gonna paint my stripes the next time I’m out for the weather.

18. Teta marks are the best kind of marks.

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I’m so about that life.


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Stanning so hard for this Latina and her beauty rn.

20. Beach time ready.

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Yas show me those stripes chica!

A wise man once said, “show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch mark” and Latinas of Instagram are on it, so get to get!

Read: Abuelita Fashion: Why These Latinxs Wear Their Grandmothers’ Apparel As Resistance

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You


These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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