Irina Gonzalez

An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York, MamasLatinas.com, FamilyCircle.com, TheFrisky.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on HealthyLatinFood.com. You can always find her on Twitter (@msirinagonzalez) & Instagram (@msirinagonzalez) talking about her latest delicious meal.

 

Favorite Latina fashionista:  Naya Rivera. She always looks amazing on the red carpet and, I mean, have you seen her latest Latina cover? Yowza!

The Latino celeb I'd want to be best friends with: Demi Lovato. I think we’d have a lot of fun bonding over how much we both switch our hair colors.

My first celebrity crush: Ricky Martin! Back in his “Maria” days, he would make me swoon like no other. Um, still kinda does…

Something people don't know about me: I lost 100 pounds thanks to a gastric bypass—and subsequent reconstruction surgery—done in Colombia. Since then, I taught myself to love eating (and cooking!) healthy Latin food and have embraced spreading the message that it IS possible to eat flavorful, good-for-you meals to other Latinos. Well, except when I get those sudden cravings to bake something positively sinful… All in moderation, right?

Guilty pop culture addiction: Well, I’m a pretty heavy TV and chick flick addict, but I’d say my guiltiest is The Vampire Diaries. I don’t know what it is about that show. Oh wait, yes I do! #DelenaForever.

My Latina Role Model: Definitely Shakira. The work she does with her the organization she founded at just 20 years old, Piez Descalzos Foundation, her continuing work as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and many other charitable ventures—all while continuing to be one of the top recording artists, and now a partner and mother—make me love her even beyond her unstoppable hips that don’t lie.

Fun Memory from My First Day at Latina: My fun memory actually came a few days BEFORE my first day, when I got my nails done with shellac manicure for the first time—and my boss loved them so much that he put them on Latina’s instagram. That’s when I knew I’d really fit in!

Two words that describe Elvis Crespo: Unbelievably addicting. I just can’t keep my body from dancing whenever I hear “Suavemente.”

If I met Jennifer Lopez, I would: Thank her for her unwavering support of the LGBT community, for which she has just received the HRC Ally for Equality Award.

Movie that makes me cry: Come on, do you even have to ask? It’s Selena.

Celebrity I'd switch teams for: Sara Ramirez, without a doubt. I mean, haven’t you seen Callie Torres’ underwear dance?! Hot.

Latino artist on my iPod right now: Bruno Mars. I just can’t stop listening to his new album!

Favorite Interview with a Latino Celeb: Well, as a huge foodie, I have to say it’s definitely Aaron Sanchez. I’ve spoken to him in person twice and he always makes me laugh and teaches me something new about food or cooking.

Favorite Latin dish: You expect me to pick just one?! Well, if I have to, I’d say there is nothing better in this world than perfectly prepared platanos maduros fritos (fried sweet plantains).

Favorite Spanish-Language Song: That’s like picking a favorite kid! Well, it’s a tough choice, but I have to go with Gloria Estefan’s “Mi Tierra.” It always brings me back to my Cuban roots.

Proudest Moment as a Latina: I don’t know that I could truly say that I have one big moment that stood out. For me, proud moments happen whenever I do something small, like write a story that elicits a reaction and means something to someone else or when I give someone a piece of advice on how to make their Latin dishes less fattening and more weight loss-friendly and they thank me for it. What makes me proud is incorporating my culture and pride into my everyday life, and sharing that with others. 

La La Anthony Interview
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Chicas, be honest: when was the last time that you let yourself be truly pampered? If you're anything like me, then your busy life of work, family and friends usually takes up all the time you have--leaving very little time to take care of yourself. That's why when I was offered the chance to try a coconut milk body scrub at New York City's Allure Day Spa, I jumped at the chance.


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Dior Auctions Off Goods To Benefit Breast Cancer Organization

Do you ever wish that you could do some shopping without the guilt? Welll, thanks to Dior Auction, now you can!

From October 1-10th, Dior is hosting their 6th annual online auction to benefit Look Good Feel Better, an organization decidicated to helping women cope with the appearance related effects of cancer and its treatments. The company is offering you the opportunity to bid on elite experiences and luxury items--and it's all for a really good cause!


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5 Ways to Slim Down As a Family
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There's finally some good news for anyone who is concerned about the growing childhood obesity epidemic in our country and in the Latino community in particular.


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Sex Toys that Double as Something Else
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We know that you're busy women with ever busier lives, so when exactly are you supposed to get some much-needed personal time? Sometimes what you really need is to multitask–which these handly little devices are sure to guarantee! We've gathered up the best 6 sex toys that actually double as something else, too. Check out these vibrators and you might have a very fun time tonight. 


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Christina Aguilera recently spoke up about her weight loss, revealing that she tries to squeeze in a workout when she can but doesn't stress about it. Inspired by her seemingly flawless weight loss, we wanted to check out some of the other diets and exercise programs that seem too good to be true (flawless abs in just 5 minutes a day?!) but research may prove actually works. Here are the 5 crazy weight loss tricks that may actually help you lose weight!


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My Week on Tinder
My Week on Tinder

When we at Latina first heard about the hot dating app Tinder, we knew that we had to check it out. With more and more people signing up for the location-based service that matches you with partners that you find attractive (both parties have to “check” each other), it seemed like something we had to road test for ourselves. 

Read on for the full review of my week on Tinder

Day 1:


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We're just hours away from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards tonight. Will you be watching to see all of the great performances? We will!

To kick off this year's festivities, airing live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, we saw--and fell in love with--performances by Robin Thicke and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis this Friday at Terminal 5 in New York City. 


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We love ourselves an expertly-crafted, gorgeous makeup application. When we asked for your best cat-eye makeup looks for this week’s Latina Style Wars, we were shocked just how many of you loved this look for your go-to day-to-night style.


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