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As A DACA Recipient, This Latina Feels As If She Failed Her Family And She Explains Why

Beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, Daisy Marquez, started posting makeup tutorials on Snapchat for fun and then switched over to other platforms growing a fanbase of over one million followers across all of her social media platforms. Even though Daisy’s mom wouldn’t let her wear makeup until she was in high school, once she started uploading her makeup looks and tutorials onto YouTube, it took her only two months to get officially verified by YouTube.

Daisy recently switched gears from her usual fashion and makeup YouTube videos to tell her fans her immigrant story.

Shortly after Trump had been elected President of the United States, this makeup YouTube star released this video to share how she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with two coyotes and how DACA has impacted her life.

Daisy begins by describing what she had to endure at 10 years old to cross the river and get back into the U.S. Even though this happened nine years ago, she illustrates with great detail the danger she faced to get back into the U.S. Women, including a pregnant woman, had to fight against the strong currents of the rĂ­o by foot. Because she was the youngest in the group of people trying to cross back to the U.S., she was the only one placed on a float to cross the river. From there she was carried on a stranger’s back through what looked like a to be a forest. She remembers how she and the rest of her group were walking in 100Âș weather sharing one gallon of water and how all she wished for was an ice cold can of Coke.

Daisy breaks down in tears as she describes the overwhelming feeling of relief that came over her when she was finally back in the U.S. reunited with her mom. As she tells her story she gets emotional thinking about how much people have to go through and how much they have to put on the line just to visit their hometown and reunite with their family.

Daisy then transitions to tell her viewers about how when it came time to pick which college she wanted to attend, she rejected every application she received. As an undocumented student she would’ve had to pay international student fees – which meant her mom would have to work ’10 times harder’ and she wanted to keep her mom from going through that struggle. This caused her to have conflicting feelings.

“I feel like I failed my family because I didn’t go to college,” says Daisy.

Even though Daisy worked hard throughout high school, taking college courses and graduating with distinct honors, she didn’t attend college due to financial reasons. The last thing she wanted was for her mom “to bust her ass day and night just [for her] to go to college,” something that many immigrants or children of immigrants can relate to.

Despite the vision Daisy had of going to college and making her mom proud, her life took a different route and she is thankful that she has been able to reach millions of people and relate to them.

From feeling like a failure to making it big as a beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, Daisy’s message to everyone is: â€œJust know that you can do it. Don’t let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams.”

After listening to Daisy’s story, people on the internet thanked her for being a voice for immigrants and DREAMers.

Others felt empowered by Daisy’s words.

And many responded with encouraging words of love and support.

Daisy’s story isn’t the only that is incredibly inspiring.

In a recent interview, famous Latinas shared their immigration stories and what it was like to receive help from DACA.

Traditionally, when industries like Hollywood portray well-distinguished and impressively successful characters on the big screen or in media, women— particularly Latinas— are often left out of the loop. Instead, they’re cast to the wayside and put into boxes where they portray small roles as women of less than humble means and education backgrounds. Fortunately, in recent years, women of color have pushed their way to the forefront of the entertainment and fashion industries where they not only rule music and box office charts but also use their platforms to advocate for political and social changes. This is, despite the many obstacles that were set in their paths and despite the fact that they were often faced with systems that could have prevented them from reaching success.

In a recent piece by Marie Claire, the magazine spoke to actresses, advocates, and activists who came from immigrant backgrounds and are currently fighting for the rights of newcomers.

Camila Cabello

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The Cuban-American singer rose to fame as one member of the girl group Fifth Harmony a few years ago, but last year claimed the spotlight for her own with the release of her hit song “Havana.” In the months following her big solo debut, singer and songwriter spoke up about immigration issues including her own story which involved crossing the border with her mother into the U.S. at the age of five. At the 2018 Grammy Awards, she delivered a powerful message about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects qualifying undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and is currently at risk.

Speaking to the audience at the time she said, “Just like the Dreamers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up. And honestly, no part of my journey is any different from theirs,” she said. “I’m a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City, and all I know is, just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for.”

America Ferrera

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Known most for her roles in the ABC hit show “Ugly Betty” and films like “Real Women Have Curves” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Ferrera has now become a fierce advocate for immigration and women’s rights. In recent years she has been extremely active in informing Latinos in the United States on the importance of getting involved with the vote and in 2017 she was the opening speaker for the Women’s March on Washington. This past year, at the height of the #Metoo campaign, she revealed that she had been sexually harassed at the age of nine.

During her recent interview, Ferrera explained why she believes it’s important to change representation of immigrants and their stories in film saying â€œI have been supremely lucky to get the opportunities to play some wonderful, authentic, and deep characters, but if I look around at the vast image being painted about the American experience, I see that there are so many of us missing from the picture.Our experiences, our humor, our dramas, our hopes, our dreams, and our families are almost nonexistent in the stories that surround us. I hear from all kinds of people that they gain confidence and self-esteem when they see themselves in the culture—portrayals that say, in resounding ways, ‘You are here, you are seen, your experience matters.’ I believe that culture shapes identity and defines possibility, that it teaches who we are, what to believe, and how to dream. We should all be able to look at the world around us and see a reflection of our true lived experiences. Until then, the American story will never be complete.”

Maria Cornejo

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The designer behind Zero + Maria Cornejo has dressed female powerhouses the likes of Michelle Obama, Cindy Sherman, and Christy Turlington. It’s a far cry from her early days in which she found herself fleeing the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile as a twelve-year-old with her family. Speaking about her move from Chile in September of 1973, Cornejo described in the interview the moment she saw bombs fall on Santiago as part of a military coup to bring down socialist president Salvador Allende. “I remember going to school and hearing the bombs everywhere,” Cornejo explained. Soon after her father fled to Peru, she and her mother followed.

Diane Guerrero

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While the “Orange is the Black” actress and author of In the Country We Love, was born in the United States, her parents were from Colombia and entered the U.S. without documentation. Throughout her career, she has used her platform to speak up about immigration issues and share her story of being left behind in the U.S. when her parents and brother were deported while she was in school.

Speaking about the Trump administration’s rush of strict and inflexible immigration policies she said that “anyone who experiences a traumatic separation from a loved one knows that it takes time to adjust to the emptiness in your life. I can’t help but think it’s even worse for children who realize that anonymous federal agents have taken their mother or father, or both, like what happened when I was a teenager. When I heard the audio recordings of young children crying out for a parent or aunt, to the point of not being able to catch their breath, I was overcome with a rush of painful memories. Then when I saw the videos of children wrapped in those foil-like blankets behind fencing that looked like cages, my heart broke. I thought to myself, How can our nation be so cruel? It made me want to try even harder to get people to vote in November so that the true compassionate voice of America is heard.”

READ: This Latina Pop Star Is Shutting Down The Most Common (And Annoying) Things People Say About Immigrants

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


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.

Read:This Mexican Scientist Is Making Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags Through Nopal Juice

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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, tĂ­as 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 DĂ­a 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 “RecuĂ©rdame.”

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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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