Have you heard anyone tell you that you’re “too” Latina? Could’ve been because you were loud, more eccentric (to their standards), or “too spicy”? If so, you understand the feeling that may bring upon. You know it’s a backhanded comment, and the undertone makes you want to give them a cachetada de telenovela. Oh, because we do love telenovelas too! Okay, maybe that’s just some of us, not everyone (LOL), but you get the drift, right?
Oftentimes, these comments are prompted by those trying to box us into a set of stereotypes that the concept of Latinidad has outlined throughout the years. But that is OK! Thai is what makes us unique! We can use these traits as our super power!
If you’ve yet to master the art of using Latinidad to your advantage, then check out the following tips.
There may be times some people might poke fun at the volume of your voice or even imitate our accent (hello, Sofía Vergara). Rather than allowing them to eat your self-confidence, use that as your fuel to be heard at all times. Let your voice ring in the ears of everyone around you. It’s completely fine if your voice shakes — that only means that you are breaking down the barriers that once held you back. Your voice matters more than you think.
Keep shining, chica
Have your clothes been deemed as too flashy? Have you been told that hoop earrings are “unprofessional”? Well, if that’s the case, that could be someone’s attempt to dim your light. However, know that your light empowers you and your Latinidad, and wether they want to admit it or not, it lights up their path too. So, go ahead and continue strutting around in whatever makes you feel like a superstar. Your style won’t be understood by everyone, and thank goodness for that. Lord knows individuality is one of Latinas’ best attributes.
You’re not hot-headed when you’re voicing your opinion or giving feedback. All you’re doing is placing yourself at a table that may have been absent of Latinas at some point. Make demands (politely, please), stand up for others (no pushing either), and forget the stereotypes.
Get what’s yours without backing down!