Self-Made Woman: A Transgender Latina Tells Her Story
By Latina Staff | 05/07/2010 - 12:30

As told to Damarys Ocaña

Sometimes I think that women don’t appreciate their bodies, themselves and their own power enough. I know, because as a transgender woman, my female body has been 15 years in the making. I’ve worked extremely hard to build what you have been born with.


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Happy Mother's Day Wishes for Real Latina Mamis
By Mariela Rosario | 05/06/2010 - 17:55

We all love our mothers, and here at Latina.com we wanted to give you, our beloved readers, a chance to tell us all about why your mom is so special. We received so many beautiful submissions on our Facebook and Twitter pages that we were truly overwhelmed. In the end, we could only showcase 10 wonderful mamis and their daughters; but every mother we saw was special in one way or another.


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UPDATE: Aspiring Dancer Laura Garza's Remains Found, Family Seeks Justice
By Mariela Rosario | 04/27/2010 - 15:00

The remains of what police believe to be the body of Laura Garza, a 25-year-old Texas native who went missing over a year ago, were identified over the weekend. DNA tests confirmed that bones—originally discovered by ATV riders on April 11th in an out-of-the-way mining area of Mount Cobb, PA— were definitely those of the aspiring dancer. 


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Recasting "Alice in Wonderland"
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 03/09/2010 - 13:00

Alice in Wonderland is an eye-popping, trippy ride, but looking over the cast makes you wonder: Why is every single last person white? For that matter, why is nearly everyone in Tim Burton’s 14 feature films white? For a guy who makes heroes out of the marginalized and overlooked, we would think he'd take diversity into consideration when it came to casting.


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"Jersey Shore" Latina Guidettes Spoof Oscar Nominees
By Mariela Rosario | 03/03/2010 - 17:00

The Jersey Shore cast has been everywhere lately. Seriously, it seems like they may have cloned Snooki and JWoww (God forbid—one of each is enough) because there is no escaping the, ahem, ladies of MTV's breakout reality sensation. Even if you try really, really hard.


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"Jersey Shore" Cast Disses Selena Gomez
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2010 - 11:00

¡Pobrecita! The adorable Selena Gomez was totally blown off by the cast of Jersey Shore when she invited them to the New York leg of her tour with her band, The Scene. While chatting up the hosts of the Dallas radio show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, Gomez admitted that she had invited the cast of the hit MTV reality show to her concert at the Gramercy Theater in New York City on Feb. 11. And it wasn't even because she just found out that Snooki and JWOWW are (sort of) Latina.


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Are the Self-Proclaimed 'Jersey Shore' Guidettes Actually Latina?
By Mariela Rosario | 02/17/2010 - 10:00

When we first heard grumblings of this rumor a few weeks ago we chose to ignore it because, quite frankly, we weren't really sure we wanted to claim any of the cast members of Jersey Shore! But whispers have turned to shouts and yesterday Jenni "JWOWW" Farley paid a little visit to Fox's Strategy Room to set the record straight.


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Florida Woman Burning From Inside Out
By Mariela Rosario | 12/17/2009 - 11:51

A 34-year-old Florida women named Yasmin Hernandez is fighting for her life after being striken with a rare disease. Toxic epidermal necrolysis is the most severe form of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a disease caused by an adverse reaction to medication. The illness is causing Hernandez's skin to literally burn off from the inside out.

"She had a fever of 109. I thought my thermometer was broken. I rushed her to the hospital," her husband, Benjamin Hernandez said.


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Sofia Vergara on Skinny Starlets: "I Look Better Naked!"
By Mariela Rosario | 12/07/2009 - 12:38

Sofia Vergara recently sat down with LA Times writer Maria Elena Fernandez for an in-depth interview about her starring role on the hit TV show, Modern Family, and how being Latina makes everything a little different in Hollywood. From body image issues to hair dye, Vergara no tiene pelo en la lengua and we love it! Here are some of her most memorable answers:

On dyeing her hair dark brown again in order to land "Latina" parts:


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Exclusive: CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Being Latina in America
By Mariela Rosario | 10/16/2009 - 18:00

María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien never felt limited by her multi-cultural background. With an Afro-Cuban mom and an Irish dad, O'Brien didn't struggle with her identity. Instead, she put it to good use. As one of the faces of CNN, O'Brien has already shared with us her perspective on being Black in America, and now she's tackling what it means to be Latino in this country. 


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