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We’re sexy and we know it – but some Latinas blow it

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Let’s talk about the sexy Latina stereotype. Again. This topic doesn’t get old, you know why? Because Latinas are still sexy and they will always be. There’s no way of changing that reality (why would we want to anyway?), but we can modify the way our sex appeal is interpreted and portrayed.

Thanks to our unique blend of races, Latina women are exquisitely beautiful. We also like to look good. We follow fashion trends, wear makeup, and keep our hair stylishly coiffed. According to a study by Nielsen Media published earlier this year, hair care, women’s fragrances, and grooming aids are in the top ten product categories for Latino consumers in the US, who spend more money on these items than the average shopper.

I personally think it’s great that Latinas take pride in their appearance. It’s a cultural phenomenon and apparently the whole world notices. Take the Miss Universe pageant, for example; young female delegates from all over the globe are judged on how hot they look in a bikini  beauty, elegance, and intelligence in order to decide who’s the fairest of them all. As frivolous and irrelevant as these competitions seem, many people take them seriously because, after all, who wouldn’t like to be told they’re the best looking people in the entire universe? Latinas have won the title 21 times in the pageant’s 59 year history, not to mention over a hundred runner-ups and semifinalists.

When I first moved to the US twelve years ago, I immediately realized there’s a difference between the way women look here and the way they look back home in Puerto Rico. Unless you go to trendy cities full of über-fashionistas like New York City or LA, America is generally full of frump. I live in suburban Orlando, Florida aka Frumpyville, USA. No style, no makeup, no swagger, zip, zilch, nada. Here, you can go to the store in pajamas and you don’t even have to brush your hair if you don’t want to. Clearly, this makes Latinas stand out even more.

However, and due to the negative and unrealistic stereotypes of Latina sexiness portrayed in the media, some Latinas make the terrible mistake of wearing clothing that is inappropriate for their body types, their age, or the occasion. Instead of looking sexy, they wind up looking completely ridiculous. A good example of this is wearing low-cut skinny jeans with the not-so-lovely love handles hanging out on the sides. These Latinas blow it by falling for this erroneous notion that our sexiness stems from showing cleavage or wearing skin tight jeans and super short hemlines.

Listen up, amigas. It’s a good thing to celebrate our femininity, but let’s keep it classy. Although it’s nice to wear something revealing every now and then, trying to dress like a sexpot all the time can make you commit serious fashion faux pas and feeds the stereotypes that conceal the real source of our outrageous sex appeal.

You see, in reality, what makes Latinas so sexy is that we are smart, independent, humorous, warm, and passionate.  We are friendly, generous, loving, sensual and romantic. We work hard and are excellent mothers and wives. We have that special je ne sais quoi that has nothing to do with physical appearance – the fact that we look amazing is just an added bonus. Sexiness is ingrained in our DNA. Contrary to the saying: “La mona, aunque se vista de seda, mona se queda”, a Latina could be wearing a moo moo and she would still be muy caliente.

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.

Comments

  1. Chapina says:

    Great artical!! I totally agree!

  2. Carmen says:

    Very well said ;)

  3. ESPECIALLY WHILE BROADCASTING NEWS ….

  4. How about news to empower Latinas?

  5. so glad you said some because my familia from Mexico are all about class

  6. I think its worse that latinas who do not have the natural curves go out of their ways to get the kim kardashia look of a huge boobs and butts-but its so fake it looks horrible-ridiculous!

  7. Mamita si, I have seen way too many like that. Que ridiculas se ven

  8. Oh this was written for all the muffin tops here in Panama.. OY POR DIOS!!!!

  9. Seriously, if you can count your rolls of fat by looking at that top you put on. it’s wrong. Tighter is never sexier.

  10. its ridiculous..its embarrasing..the constant xtreme cleavage and super skin tight clothes n stripper heels its like dude fuk calm down n if yer sexy u dont need to b half naked ..then again those chicks fromm novelas telemundo etc come with dog he man faces so maybe they do have to:)

  11. they should be them selves and NOT follow the stereotype (all genders included)

  12. I have the PERFECT solution for muffin tops, no need to diet, no need to exercise, GUARANTEED! It’s called “Stop trying to fit yourself in a 16jr and buy pants that fit!” -What a concept!

  13. But aside from the pesky muffin top, it’s really old trying to portray our women as the ultra sexual thick accented maid. It’s out dated & played out. But in order to get better we have got to do better. Education is key and knowledge is power. People will treat you as you present yourself.

  14. This entire post sparked negative commentary about our fellow Latinos, who despite our judgments, feel good about themselves and what they wear. Who are we? This is the kind if thing that keeps us down. I’m disappointed in Being Latino.

  15. what a bunch of crap n haters mi Latinas look good n anything they wear shaoooooow!

  16. Yes yes & yes!!!

  17. True Latinas are all that sexy smart good mothers independent bla bla but real talk some women? Idk. I’ve seen some hardcore Mexicans bust out with some clear stripper shoes… at church. Aye Dios mio.

  18. I don’t think that the penchant for some “latinas” too dress inappropriately has to do with stereotypes that they internalize from television. I think that it has more to do with class. If you look at woman across the ethnic divides, the more uneducated and poorer a woman is, the more likely that she will dress in an inappropriate way. Non-hispanic white and black American woman do the same thing if they come from the lower classes. You see them with big hair, short dresses, tons of cleavage and they don’t realize that they don’t have the bodies for those outfits. Yet, you see professional, middle and upperclass women of any ethnic group and they generally dress stylishly and appropriately for their weight and age.

  19. @suarez

  20. Amen, well said.

  21. Well, there’s a fine line between sexy, posh (tasteful), and slut. On too many shows, women are pretty much slutty dressed meat.

  22. For the record, I refuse to wear inappropriate clothes and dance wherever I go

  23. This is a completely frivolous and arbitrary article and topic. Isn’t the Being Latino page supposed to be about empowerment and getting people to engage in politics? What does this article contribute but futher stereotyping? Just another person telling mujeres what to do and not do with there bodies? I’m completely disappointed, B.L. And this isn’t the first time. This article isn’t enlightening, it’s oppressive. You should take it down.

  24. Bryan Bautista Gutierrez, I guess it’s a matter of perspective. Let me start my saying that BL isn’t just about politics. It also covers lifestyle, cultural, health topics, etc. I don’t see that the article furthers stereotyping. On the contrary, it advises women to not fall for these preconceived notions of what sexy is supposed to look like, because in reality, our sex appeal comes from who we are and not what we look like. We are attractive because of our outstanding qualities. Nowhere in the article does it tell women what to do; I state my opinion in regards to how I think it’s great that Latinas like to look good and take care of themselves, that I think some women dress inappropriately and, although I do encourage them to not dress in revealing/tight clothing all the time because it perpetuates these erroneous stereotypes, whoever wants to do it can knock themselves out!

  25. Men do it too.

  26. Men do it too.

  27. im half and cuban and the way i see it both sides need help.in the cloths department its a shame

  28. Interesting that – especially amongst latino males – certain stereotypes are sources of pride (we know what those are). I guess that people cannot yet fully understand that any stereotype whether it makes us feel good or bad, dehumanizes each and every one of us. Let’s all fight against all stereotypes whether they be of Latinos or African-Americans, or Jews, or Native-Americans, or Poles, or Irish. Let us resolve to fight to have ourselves be described not as ethnic groups, but as individual human beings.

  29. neida Ojeda says:

    Its a shame the way some TV female reporters/announcers dress at 7am like they are going to a party with sexy, low cut dresses. I dont see the females on Good Morning America dressing like sex pots. This is a bad example for a professional, well educated female to give our youth.

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