Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Mamma Mia! Post-Pregnancy Workouts of Our Fave Celebs
Mamma Mia! Post-Pregnancy Workouts of Our Fave Celebs

Getting back in shape after giving birth is as challenging as managing a full night’s sleep during those early days, but it can be done, as evidenced by some of our favorite celebrity mamas. In fact, Mariah Carey gave birth to healthy twins just six short months ago and has managed to lose 70(!) pounds since then!

Here’s how they shed those post-baby pounds:


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Scary Latino Myths: Read This or El Cuco Will Get You
Scary Latino Myths: Read This or El Cuco Will Get You

Grandparents across Latin America have been scaring kids (and adults) for years with accounts of monsters, creatures and ghosts with names and back-stories so real you almost believe them. Almost. Here are some of the apparitions that still keep us up at night.

La Llorona


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10 Latinas Who Rock
10 Latinas Who Rock!

On November 10th, the Latin Grammys will toast our musical superstars, from Pitbull to Shakira. But who are the superstars of tomorrow? Let us show you the future!

The 25 Brightest Latino Stars Under 25


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The Ultimate Latina Toolkit
The Ultimate Latina Toolkit

Want to reconnect with your Latinidad, but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of everything you need to know—history, movies, art, sayings, recipes, etc.—to get back in touch with your Puerto Rican, Mexican, Colombian, what have you side. Consider it a cultural toolkit!

100 Stars You Never Knew Were Latino!

Plan a Movie Marathon


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Top Latino Chefs
Latino Chefs Heating up the Kitchen

The kitchen has never been hotter, thanks to these chefs catapulting Latin cuisine from simple rice and beans to fine dining status. 


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How You can Get Involved This Hispanic Heritage Month!
How You Can Get Involved This Hispanic Heritage Month!

Whether you recognize some of these non-profits or not, it’s time to support the organizations that are mobilizing movements around the country for the betterment of our community. What are you waiting for? There’s no better time to start than during Hispanic Heritage Month!

The Hispanic Federation
Headquarters: New York City


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Inspiring Latina: Meet Anna Maria Chávez, First Latina Leader of the Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts of the USA has appointed its first Latina CEO in its nearly 100-year-old history. Come November, Mexican-American Anna Maria Chávez will begin her appointment as the 19th leader of the 3.2 million-member organization. We had a chance to chat with the Arizona native, and here’s what she had to say: 

What does it mean to you to be elected the first Latina to lead the Girl Scouts?


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Frita Cubana
Labor Day Recipe: Frita Cubana Burger

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, so what better way to bid the season adieu than by treating your friends and family to the ultimate burger and firing up the grill one last time before the fall chill sets in?

Here, Julian Medina, consulting chef and owner of New York City’s Coppelia, shares his recipe for a beef patty loaded with pork, cheese and chimichurri mayo. Warning: You may need to keep a hammock nearby to take a nap after conquering one of these giant burgers.


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Beyond the Baby Blues: Latina Moms & Postpartum Depression
Beyond the Baby Blues: Latina Moms & Postpartum Depression

Milestone birthdays are usually accompanied with mixed feelings, and for Thalía, who just turned 40, the mood is one of sadness.

“I have never faced such a difficult week in my life,” the Mexican singer tweeted on Monday. “On the 25th, my son Matthew is two months old, the 26th is my birthday and on the 27th, it will be three months since my mother passed away. I am convinced that these are challenges that life puts out to strengthen our souls.”


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Revenge
Does Getting Revenge Provide Relief?

“Revenge is beautiful” is the tagline for Colombiana, a new action-adventure flick starring Zoe Saldana as a young woman out to get even after witnessing the murder of her parents at a young age. Trained as a master assassin, she will not rest until she annihilates the drug dealers that killed her folks.


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