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Mexican Is Beautiful. But Missing.

17 comments | May 20th, 2011

(submitted anonymously by an OOC reader)

We first posted this piece sent in by a reader a few months ago.  We're putting it up again because we think it raises an important question about what we (that's all of us) don't see when we look out at the cultural landscape around us.  "I googled "Mexican is beautiful" and all that popped up was half naked pictures of mexican women and enchilada recipes. so i tried typing in "latina is beautiful" trying to see if the broader term would help me out. no luck."

Let's discuss this. Surely it's not for a lack of beautiful mexican women in the world, though it's def easier to list 5 blonde american women without even thinking. Who else don't we see images of in popular culture?

17 comments

  • Rox

    Posted on May 20, 2011

    Really, beyond Oprah, Beyonce and Rhianna, how many black women do we see?

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    • OOC

      Posted on May 20, 2011

      Even if we counted, the answer would be not many. We’ve done a few pieces on this, let us know if you want us to dig them up for you, Rox.

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  • HJ

    Posted on May 20, 2011

    Good looking men with less good looking women. We see plenty of the reverse though.

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    • OOC

      Posted on May 20, 2011

      yea, we do. We call that The Modern Family Example here @ OOC. Really, like when have you EVER seen a male Sofia Veraga with a female version of Ed Oneill. Um, that’d be absolutely never.

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  • Effed

    Posted on May 20, 2011

    The U.S. is something like 30% Hispanic now and besides George Lopez and J-Lo…no one else comes to mind? That’s sad.

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  • Tristan

    Posted on May 20, 2011

    Selena Gomez.

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  • RaRe

    Posted on May 20, 2011

    Scotty on American Idol says he’s 1/4 Puerto Rican. Does that count?

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  • huh

    Posted on May 20, 2011

    Why does every tv show take place in LA or NY? Doesn’t any one live in the middle of the country besides me? just remembered that juliana margulies show is in Chicago. there’s that.)

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  • Eva@OOC

    Posted on May 20, 2011

    And to go off on a bit of a tangent, why are there no presidential candidates who are agnostics or atheists? They All end every speech with, “And may God bless America.” Anyone ever heard of separation of church and state?

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  • Gabriella

    Posted on May 20, 2011

    This was my submission and since then, I have had many conversations about the lack of diverse representation in our media. Why is it that the ideal look is blonde hair, blue eyes, white women when we say we pride our country on diversity? Im not bashing or hating on white people, Im just provoking thoughts about this underrepresentation. When media portrays this specific look as persfection and beauty, what do our little mexican, black, asian, and other non-white girls begin to think of themselves?
    here is an example:
    http://youtu.be/ybDa0gSuAcg
    this lack of positive, non-white images for colored girls is blatantly damaging their mindset. my only question is when is this going to change?

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    • OOC

      Posted on May 20, 2011

      Gabriella…thank you. very, very much. for sending in your story the first time, and for stepping in this time. you can probably tell that we share your point-of-view and your question.

      Just an hour before you sent in your comment, we came across this letter from Zooey Deschanel to Teen Vogue, apparently written when she was 17. Years later, and the same observations and questions stand. You and Zooey said it better than we can, so we’ll let your words and hers stand in for ours. Maybe all of us together can create the change we all want to see. That’s why we’re here. Thanks again, so much, for being part of it. Here’s what Zooey said and tweeted:

      “(I) Wrote this letter to vogue when I was 17 & someone found it!” she tweeted. “Proud of my feminist teen self.”

      The letter reads:

      “Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an ‘ideal’ when you, as a popular womens magazine, have the opportunity to expand it? I don’t think any woman should have to feel as if she needs to shove herself into an ‘ideal’ to be beautiful. Beauty should be something that is celebrated and something that is enjoyable, not something that people should feel uncomfortable about achieving. Most of the women, and certainly most of the adolescent girls, in the United States do not feel completely secure with themselves, especially with their appearance; is insecurity something you want to advocate? As American women, we don’t need discouragement, but inspiration.

      Zooey Deschanel
      Los Angeles, CA”

      Yea, what she said. And what you’ve said. XO, OOC

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    • OOC

      Posted on May 20, 2011

      P.S. thanks also for the YouTube link. We’ve seen some of this footage before (CNN’s looked at this quite a bit)…it’s really disturbing, really important, and the message and relevance of the story (in our opinion) goes well beyond black and brown and white. Thanks for sharing it. XO, OOC

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    • Maria

      Posted on May 21, 2011

      I just watched your link. That’s messed up.

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  • Gabriella

    Posted on May 21, 2011

    I think what hits me the hardest is the hesitation when the little girls is asked which doll is she like because she wants to be like the good, white doll, but she knows she is black and therefore must be bad. The mindset we are instilling in our girls is tragic. I just hope that when I am a mother one day that my daughters will love their skin and think that they are beautiful no matter what society tells them.

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    • OOC

      Posted on May 21, 2011

      We’re white. Our kids are black (you can see our lovely family pic in the “About” section). From the day they each were born, we’ve been working to make sure they love and respect and honor who and what they are, and who and what they aren’t. Teaching them to nurture and value their differences – and everybody’s differences – is a big part of what we hope will help them be the happiest versions of themselves – always.

      They’ve always been the inspiration and driving force behind OOC. All of you are helping us help them. And we appreciate it.

      XO, OOC

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  • Angela

    Posted on May 26, 2011

    Everyone has to take personal responsibility for their own actions, so one thing everyone can do is to make sure your actions contribute to producing a positive image of yourself and the people you represent. It can’t be an immediate change, but like a candle lights another candle, will grow to be a bright light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on January 15, 2012

    I am 1/2 mexican, and honestly some of the things people say are horrible. One guy called me a prostitute. I’m a teenager for crying out loud. But my friends love me and my cooking, so I’m ok with it.

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