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Having curves is what sets us apart from everybody

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Jennifer Lopez is one of the most famous and successful Latina singers around the world; and now she has her own Barbie! Mattel has released two Barbies that supposedly represent JLo, but many critics say “Something is missing…her curves”. The Latina singer has said in the past that she was asked to make changes to her body but she refused  because she was proud of her curves.

“But you have to stand up and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you’re the one with the problem!’ And when you can really believe that, all of a sudden other people start believing too”, said JLo

A huge part of any culture is food, for Latinos this includes rice, beans, beef, gandules, ceviche, etc. We Latinas love to eat! Personally, it is one of my favorite things to do, but at the same time insecurities take over, Am I fat? Am I pretty? These are the type of questions we ask to ourselves all the time. I don’t think we should change who we are, or what we like, just to try to fit into a silly stereotype that society has created. Being healthy and exercising is very important of course.

In the past, if you weren’t a size 0, you just weren’t pretty, but I think we’ve come to a point where many Latina women embrace their curves no matter what. Having curves is what sets us apart from everybody. Also, we need to understand that a simple number on the scale, or a number on your clothing doesn’t define who you are, because we’re worth more than that.  Latinas are strong, hard-working, smart, independent, and more importantly, we are unique.


By Being Latino Contributor, Mirella Chunga

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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