|L-R Tatyana Ali,Lauren Velez, Melissa De Souza, Judy Reyes. Essence Magazine Oct. 2011 Photo by Derek Blanks, Makeup Luis Casco|
I think most people forget that Latinas come in every shade (yes blondes and even black!) but that overall we are all united by an amazing sense of pride in our cultures. These ladies all talked to me about how they are finding it easier for Hollywood to identify them as "Latinas" while they used to assume they were black. If you hear Lauren or Judy speak Spanish- you would never doubt it!
As far as beauty routine goes, these ladies stayed true to the Latina spirit of loving makeup! They loved me using MAC's bright pigments on their eyes, asked for lipstick changes after they changed outfits (usually asking for a little more color!) and LOVED their false lashes and TONS of mascara!!!
I applaud them for their spirit and know that they had maybe a little something to do with the success of their contemporaries like Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldaña!!!
I leave you here with a song we heard that day a couple of times! Lauren Velez' performing as "La Lupe":