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