Frida Kahlo was a storyteller who shared her personal stories of love, pain, pride and self-discovery using paintbrushes and a mirror. To this day, she is considered not only of one Mexico’s greatest artists but an icon for Mexican culture and feminine beauty, women’s rights and equality.
She was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Kahlo was born and raised in her family’s home–later referred to as the Blue House or Casa Azul, which would be her workspace and home in her later years before her passing. Throughout her life, she was constricted by physical disabilities. Around the age of 6, she contracted polio, which caused her to be bedridden for nine months. She did recover from her illness but had a slight limp because the disease damaged her right leg and foot. However, it seemed as if her physical limitations only pushed her strength and talents further. She was encouraged by her father to be active and play sports, acts that were deemed impossible for her to do.
At the age of eighteen, she was involved in a trolley accident that would have her injured for the rest of her life. Doctors were not sure she would live, much less ever walk again but she did, despite the odds. Once again, she chose an activity that strengthened her recovery: painting. One year after her accident, she completed her first of many self-portraits, which would gain worldwide recognition for their honest portrayals of her life.
Her work was often described as “surreal” because of its strange, dreamlike images. While her portraits and paintings weren’t necessarily realistic, they did display more than what she could say in words.
“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration,” Kahlo said.
Her faint mustache striking monobrow and colorful wardrobe have made her a symbol of the traditional Mexican woman in that she never transformed her natural appearance. Quite the opposite, she would flaunt her features and dressed in a way that paid tribute to her culture.
She was famously married to Diego Rivera, another revolutionary Mexican artist. Despite their rocky relationship, Rivera greatly admired Kahlo for her original artistic take and her expressive attitude. “Frida is the only example in the history of art of an artist who tore open her chest and heart to reveal the biological truth of her feelings,” Rivera said. “The only woman who has expressed in her work an art of the feelings, functions, and creative power of woman.”
Her career as a professional artist allowed her to live in the United States and travel to Europe to showcase her unique works at high-end galleries. Her artwork and, most notably, the way she carried herself inspired her audiences. Frida considered herself to be an independent woman, free from society labels. As a result, she was seen as a rebel, a title she gladly embraced along with her other flaws.
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do,” Frida said. “I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”
Even after her passing on July 13, 1954, she left behind a legacy, one that inspires others to persevere through life’s obstacles, accept flaws as well as their beauty and freely express their innermost emotions and thoughts.
Have you ever walked into your favorite clothing store and wanted to buy every single item? I know I have, and it is extremely tempting. The real question you should ask yourself is:“Do I want it or do I need it?” Teaching yourself not to buy certain things will not be easy, but worth it. It begins with identifying the differences between want vs. need. When you want something it is because you desire it, everyone has it, so now I want one. On the other hand, when you need something it is because you cannot survive without it.In contrast, another way to look at differences is by observing how we eat. For example, needing something to eat vs. wanting to go out to a nice restaurant.
When you are of age to start working, getting a job will help create the boundaries between want vs need. In the mean time, volunteer! Volunteering looks amazing on your college application, and it will help you recognize the differences between your wants and needs.”What you want” will no longer matter because you will surround yourself with people who are less fortunate than you are and it will help you recognize that wanting the new iPhone will no longer be an importance to purchase since it’s something you don’t necessarily need at the moment. Doing so, will put everything into perspective and helps them realize “the new outfit mom bought was not a big deal anymore”.
Amelia*, a high school junior, says she loves to help her community. “It teaches me that I can change a person’s life by a simple smile or a conversation. Volunteering helped me set aside my wants and focus on the things I already had. So, should you volunteer ? Absolutely! It really change my perspective on life.”
When you are ready to start working in high school, a job and creating a budget will help determine your wants vs needs. Balancing your money is super important. A job can teach you the value of the dollar by working hours to get more money. Once you have received your money, set it aside. Cash can be very easy to spend, so I recommend storing it away. This method can allow your savings to increase and can create the opportunity to spend on something you truly need.
“One thing I have learned about getting a job is that’s it not easy, but totally worth the paycheck. Sure, you have urges to spend, but once you realize how much a meal is at Chick-fil-a that price helps you establish a budget. Especially, if you have the responsibility of paying for your cellphone bill now, like me since I am about to be considered an adult, my parents say. My advice is budget yourself. Once that is done, you can then separate what you need and want,” says Marianne, high school senior.
I know it’s hard to not buy that cute dress at the mall, but other young girls do not have that option. So, next time just think to yourself, “do I really need it? If the answer no, walk away.
*Name has been changed.
Written by Elena Barrera-Walters
Having a clean, organized, and inviting desk is the best way to get your work done, no matter the time of year. Sometimes, though, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the clutter and piles of pencils, in which case, that’s where this can help you.
- a desk
- a few desk organizers
- a whiteboard
- school supplies
- bucket or box (if necessary)
1. If at all possible, get a desk that has a lot of room and space for organization. The more space, the better. It makes the work environment seem much less intimidating.
2. Organize and separate your supplies. Have what you use most often, usually pens and pencils, in the most available area. Put them into a desk organizer for easy access and separate them as you see fit.
3. Have a space specifically reserved for any extra school supplies, or big boxes of things. Boxes of markers or new notebooks always go in the same drawer, so it’s easier to know where to go when you need something.
4. Have an area for your electronic supplies or any other less commonly used school supplies. While it doesn’t need to be quite as well organized or accessible as the pens and pencils, it’s still very necessary to know where those items are.
5. You want to make sure that you are able to put your actual school binders and notebooks somewhere other than the exact space you’ll be working on. If you have more drawer space, keep them there, or buy a bucket or box to keep them in so they aren’t distracting or in the way.
6. For little study tools, I recommend putting them on top of your desk, as a source of inspiration to actually do that studying. Have a little organizer with post-its and paper clips, as well as some flash cards available.
7. On a white board, set up a system to keep yourself prioritized. Making a chart with things you need to do, to study for, or prepare for really helps you with organizing how and when you’ll be doing your work.
8. While it isn’t necessary for homework, it’s really important to have some happy things on your desk that will make it feel like an inviting place to be. While candles or magazines are really good options, there are many things you could do that make your desk seem a little less intimidating.
While going to do work at a desk probably isn’t what you look forward to most in your day, that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a place you dread going to. Having an organized space, with a few little things to make you happy, will make the whole work process much less scary.
Spring is in the air; the flowers are about to bloom, and somewhere out there many young girls are on their way to turning fifteen! Quinceañeras are often very elegant and full of intricate decorations, in other words, beautiful celebrations! Not to mention the beautiful gowns the celebrated Quinceaneras wears to the party! However, these well-organized and beautifully designed celebrations require a lot of a work and organization in order to come together such as who to invite, where to get the decorations, what about the food and most importantly the ball room! These questions can seem overwhelming, but, with good planning skills and time, things can get done and the party can be well and on its way! Here are some tips on how to prepare for the big day and have a beautiful and well-organized party.
Brainstorm and research: First, grab a notebook and pen and jot down everything that will be needed for the quince. At this level in planning, you will not have the small details down, but will be looking at the bigger picture. Look up local ballrooms or event centers where you might want your quince to take place in. Think of the church you would like to have your ceremony in. Also, talk with your parents about the budget so you can make sure to stay within that price range. Lastly, think of potential themes and color schemes you would like to have at your quinceañera
Plan the Quince with enough time: One of the most important steps in planning a quince is to think ahead and plan at least twelve months in advance. Planning almost a year ahead of time allows you to have a better selection of the many elements required in planning a quince. Also, most ballrooms are booked months ahead, so this will allow you to secure a ballroom and food arrangements!
Make arrangements: This is where the exciting things begin to happen, after you have discussed a budget with your parents begin to make reservations for the ballroom/ event hall you selected, the food caterers, the decorations, bakery, photographer, DJ etc. The BEST part of planning the quince is trying out different dresses. You’ll know when you see THE dress for you big day, but be mindful of your budget. Making arrangements and going to different stores will be time consuming, but it’ll be worth it in the end!
Focus on your own personal touches: A couple of months prior to the quince, make sure to make an appointment with your hairdresser and make up artist. Most times you will meet before with them to have a test run and see what truly makes you glow. Booking appointments and buying your dress, accessories, and shoes in advance will save you a lot stress in the future!
Several weeks before the big day and the big day itself: Double-check the arrangements, reservations, attire, etc. and finalize the small details! Your big day is coming up, and the last thing you want is to have missed something on your list! Once your big day comes, rest, relax, and have fun!The most important thing to do on your big day is to have a lot of fun!
Warning: Spoilers ahead
We have Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, and now Elsa and Anna. These gals are the most prominent faces for young girls and their Disney princess movie infatuations. These animated women transform into their role models and embody what they foresee as beauty and the ideal woman.
With this in mind, Disney has taken steps to add diversity to their collection – like The Princess and the Frog - and even opened up “true love” to include family – yes, we are looking at you Brave and Frozen! But this new and necessary transformation has many waiting for the Latina princess, especially after the controversy with Sofia the First, a TV series on Disney Channel that was revealed that the young princess is not actually “Latina.”
Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released in 2001 and follows a young man and his crew on an expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis. The crew, composed of unique and interesting individuals, includes a Latina, Audrey Ramirez. Audrey Ramirez is a sixteen years old engineer with a big personality. She’s tough, sarcastic, sassy, and intelligent. Breaking all stereotypes for women, she’s a tomboy that loves to get her hands dirty and very skilled in auto mechanics.
Throughout the movie you learn more about the young engineer, such as how she honed her skills while helping her dad at his Auto Repair Shop at age five. Also, she reveals that her sister is a boxer with a shot at the title. In a touching conversation with Milo, the protagonist, she even shares that with the money they’ll receive from the expedition, she plans to open up her own high end repair show with her father. Through this interaction and other mentions throughout the film, her love and pride of her family is unmistakable.
Another notable aspect of this character is her compassion for friends despite her tough exterior. Both young in age, she connects well with Milo and jokes around a lot with the crew. In a series of unfortunate events that causes her and the crew’s loyalties to be skewed, she is the first to feel guilt on turning on her friend and returns to her loyalties.
“I think people always forget about Atlantis [the movie]because it’s not a big princess movie, but it is a great movie for any gender or any age!” 18-year-old Reana Chavez said. “I liked Audrey’s character a lot – she was my favorite! She’s so spunky and tough and it doesn’t matter if she’s not a princess. She’s different and more relateable to me.”
Audrey Ramirez’s tanned skin, big brown eyes, and black hair does not mislead her culture. Her subtle accent and Bronx attitude does not deceive the audience. She is a Latina and she is strong. Always donning a white shirt and blue overalls – however, cleans up nicely at an award ceremony – she’s young, beautiful, and innovative.
The teenage female mechanic is a grease monkey within a Disney world of pink dresses, endless ruffles, fairy godmothers, handsome princes, and fancy balls. Her attitude and perspective is modern and competes with the rebellious princesses, such as Mulan and Merida. She demonstrates that girls can succeed in STEM and compete with the boys – forget the crown.
Audrey Rocio Ramirez may not be a princess, but her character is undeniably role model worthy for young girls.
Fashion is power, and accessories can help to achieve your ultimate look. Ever wonder what type of accessories would compliment your overall look? Well, there are many concepts that you have to know when choosing the best type of accessory. But once you know exactly what to look for, accessorizing eventually becomes simple! Here are some steps into finding your accessorizing forte.
Selecting the Right Outfit
What you wear will help determine what accessories to use. If you are wearing an outfit with heavy layers, then most of your accessories won’t be seen. That is why you need to look for areas where accessories will compliment the outfit. For example, if you are wearing too many layers of clothing, you can probably accessorize your ears and your hair.
An important detail to look out for is color schemes — not every accessory will fit with your outfit choice. An accessory might be to dull in color or might be too bright. The best thing to do is to balance out the color. If your outfit is mainly red with a few splashes of yellow, then you can add a few yellow accessories so it can compliment the red. If you were to chose a red accessory, that would be a little too much since you are already mainly wearing red. Accessories are made to give your outfit that little bit of spice, so it is best to use accessories that compliment your main look.
It’s always a good idea to plan out your accessories with your schedule. If you are cooking, then wearing a lot of rings or bracelets may not be a good idea. Once you know your plans, you’ll automatically be able to narrow down what accessories you can and can’t use. Wearing appropriate jewelry will make you feel more comfortable. If you want to cook with bracelets because you are used to it and are more comfortable wearing them, then go for it! It’s all about your comfort level — choose comfort over beauty, chicas!
Decluter Your Body
Accessories come in all different sizes and colors, but it doesn’t mean that you have to wear your entire jewelry box. If you are planing on wearing a couple of small accessories, then maybe 4 pieces of jewelry should be enough. If you are wearing something big and flashy, then remember that just one is usually enough. Some chicas like to combine different sizes of jewelry, which is fine, but listen to yourself. A girl usually knows when it is too much because they’ll see AND feel it.
These are basic Do’s and Don’ts, but don’t let it stop you from experimenting with your style. There are so many accessories in this world, so most likely you’ll find the perfect accessories for you. Accessorizing is also supposed to be fun so don’t try to take it too seriously — have fun!
Both at home and school, different things cause you stress. Stress can be a lot to handle! There are many different ways to de-stress, and figuring out which way works for you can help you to cool off, relax, and concentrate better.
Here are some tips to de-stress from fellow Latinitas that you can use when you find yourself in a stressful situation!
Music to Ease Your Troubles
Music can help us relax and take some time to ourselves. “The way I de-stress is to go to my room and put on my favorite music…I mostly listen to 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction,” says Ariana, 13. Listening to some of your favorite tunes, whatever kind of music that might be, can relieve stress and will usually brighten your mood, too!
Pets Can Make Amazing Pals!
The love and friendship of a pet can be the perfect thing to take away some stress. You can hang out with them, relax and pet them, or you can take them for a walk! Plus, they’re great listeners and fun company! Alexis, 11, shares, “What I do to de-stress is play with my dogs. I love playing with my dogs because they relieve stress. Just looking at them makes me happy.”
Get up, Get Active!
Getting exercise can be very calming and take your mind off of what is stressing you out. Daniella, 11, suggests to “go outside and ride your bike”, and Celeste, 10, says, “Another tip is to go to your room and do yoga.” Playing your favorite sport, taking a walk, or going outside for some fresh air are all different ways that getting active can calm you down.
Battle of the Siblings
Do you fight with your siblings? Disagreeing with a brother or sister can be very stressful, and is something a lot of us with siblings go through! Nyla, 11, offers this helpful advice for dealing with sibling arguments: “Just don’t talk about things you don’t agree on. If you start a fight then walk away.”
Drowning in Schoolwork?
When homework and schoolwork pile up on you, it can be stressful trying to finish it all! “You can hurry and do the work and be done with it,” Hayle, 10, suggests, if you struggle with procrastination. Keeping track of all your assignments and making time to get work done early can help you avoid dealing with the stress of having to finish it all at the last minute!
Troubles in the Classroom?
If classmates are bothering you or distracting you from work, it can be stressful trying to focus in class. To deal with this and take away that stress, Desiree, 10, advises you to “try talking to the person and try to make friends with them. Maybe you don’t know her/him very well.” Talking out what’s bothering you can help to relieve the stress of keeping it all inside!
Stress can be difficult to deal with, and can come from so many different sources, but with these tips to help you out, you can make healthy steps towards becoming a less-stressed, happier, and healthier chica!
1. Focus on the Whole You
-”You not only have to focus on being physically healthy or good eating habits, but also being mentally healthy, emotionally healthy and physically.” -Ariana
-”Being healthy by staying active and eating well will give you energy and it improves your emotional and physical being.”-Lesly
-”Keep your body healthy both mentally and physically.” – Elizabeth
2. Stay Active
-”Stay fit so that you can feel good about yourself.” -Victoria.
-”Exercising is healthy like volleyball, basketball, track, tennis and dancing.” – Ydaliz
-”Go outside and get active for 60 minutes or more.” – Alyssa
-”Exercise to keep your body healthy.” -Kiara
-”Be more active to keep your body healthy.” – Ashley
-”Exercise by doing zumba, yoga or even belly dancing.” – Abigail
3. Eat Healthy Foods
-”Eat healthy like veggies and fruit. Eat breakfast every day. -Ashley
-”Eat vegetables and fruits. It is not good to eat junk food all the time, but it is okay to eat a little bit for it sometimes.” -Alyssa
-”You should eat a lot of green vegetables and eat lots of colorful fruits to stay strong and safe.” – Natalie
-”We should eat more healthy stuff then junk food.” – Kiara
-You have to stay healthy and don’t eat a lot of junk food.” -Senorina
4. Be Confident & Take Care of Your Mental Health
-”Don’t listen to what others think or say to you.” -Elizabeth
-”You should also not compare yourself to other people and never give up on yourself.” – Victoria
-”I’ve been struggling with my self-esteem for a while, but I learned how to stay healthy mentally and physically. I know that I’ll eventually learn how to be content with me and my body.” -Ariana
-”You shouldn’t criticize yourself or compare yourself to other people.” – Senorina
-”Don’t think negative about yourself and love who you are.” -Elizabeth
5. Make Healthy Choices
-”Don’t do drugs like alcohol or smoking.” – Ydaliz
-”Smoking can cause a lot of bad stuff like it can cause cancer and it will cause a lot of problems.” – Kiara
-”Don’t smoke. It can cause lung cancer.” – Avery
-”Don’t drink alcohol. Too much beer can give you brain damage.” -Daniella
Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday full of pink, red, hearts, and of course, chocolate – but aside from that, it is a day to show your family, friends, and your crush how much you care. And what better way to show just that with a hand-made card or gift! So put down your wallet and step away from the store bought cards, chocolate heart, and stuffed animals and try something a little different this year. Here are some creative Valentine’s DIYs to spruce up your gift giving!
Note: All materials used were from Dollar General or Wal-Mart and can be found at any local store.
Materials: Hot glue gun, scissors, ruler, fine point marker, 3 foam sheets (white and two colors of your choice). Optional: Glitter.
- With a white foam sheet, trace a rectangle to be your “post card” and cut it out. The dimensions are up to your discretion (dimensions pictured: 3 ¾ x 2 ¼).
- Using the fine tip marker, write your ‘to and from’ on the post card.
- Then, using another foam sheet of a different color, create a fun design to be the frame. The frame should be slightly smaller than the dimensions of your post card. (Pictured: frame is a quarter of an inch smaller than the post card).
- Next, with the last foam sheet, trace and cut out hearts for decoration. You can make the hearts different sizes or even add some glitter to make the card more fun. Note: precut foam hearts can be brought at stores, as well.
- Hot glue the frame and foam hearts to the post card and fill in your ‘To and From’ to give to your Valentine!
Flores para Mamá
Materials: Small vase or jar, artificial flowers, ribbon, hot glue gun, scissors. Mini chocolates. Optional: rhinestones, glitter or spray glitter, glass pebbles, and beads.
- Cut each ribbon of desired length – if you’re using a thin ribbon (like the red pictured) cut two strips – make sure it can be wrapped and tied around your vase
- Place a dot of hot glue around the neck of your vase to keep your ribbon in place
- Once glued, wrap and tie ribbon into a bow and add glue behind the knot of bow to keep it in place
- For extra decoration: add beads to the end of the ribbon and tie a knot at the base of the beads
- For extra decoration: can glue rhinestones on ribbon
- Fill the jar with your choice of mini chocolates or if not chocolates, glass pebbles are excellent jar fillers, as well
- Place bouquet of flowers in vase
- For extra decoration: add glitter to your flowers
- Adjust flowers in vase and it’s ready to gift to your mom
Materials: Card-stock or decorated scrapbook paper, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, glue, markers, pencil. Optional: Rhinestones, glitter, hole punchers,and ribbon.
- Pick a card-stock as your main color (pictured: red) and then trim off a centimeter around the cardstock that you want as the inside of the card (pictured: heart paper)
- Grab two pipe cleaners of the same color and create the cursive letters “Lo-“ with one and “-ve” with the second; leaving extra pipe cleaner on the “v” so it can connect with the “o”. Trim off extra pipe cleaner, if needed.
- Glue your “Love” to the front of the card.
- Place the design with glue and sprinkle glitter on top of the glue.
- Glue rhinestones, if desired.
- Trace a heart on the cover of the card.
- Fill the heart with glue and place cotton balls to fill the heart. You can tear apart cotton balls to fill accordingly.
- Again, you can create a glittery design with glue.
- Finally, write a cute message with the colorful markers on the inside and present it to your Valentine.
*Note: the ribbon pictured was not used, but can be cut into small bows to glue on cover for extra decoration
It’s Mice to Meet You
Materials: Hershey’s Kisses, Googly eyes (or black beads and white marker), pencil, hot glue gun, pipe cleaner, scissors, and card-stock (brown, white, black, or pink).
- Grab your two card-stock colors for the mouse’s ears, and cut them both in the shape of a “D”. Make sure to have one color slightly smaller than the other in order to form the ears.
- Glue both “D” shaped colors together.
- Next, glue ears at the base of a Hershey kiss.
- Then, glue the second Hershey kiss to the base. The chocolates must be base to base.
- Remove the Hershey’s Kiss ribbon on both Kisses.
- Glue black beads to the front Hershey’s kiss to form the mouse’s eyes. Googly eyes or black beads will suffice.
- Cut the pipe cleaner to the desired length for the tail.
- Glue the pipe cleaner or insert the pipe cleaner into the foil of the back of the mouse. You can shape the pipe cleaner to any shape.
- Make as many mice as needed and hand out to friends and family for a cute little gift!