Legends ~~

I don’t understand labels.

I don’t need anyone to tell me I’m Latina or Black or anything else. I’ve played characters that were written for Caucasian females. I just want to be given the same consideration as everyone else, and so far, that has been happening.

Zoe Saldana

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. for 2011!!! Being so proud of Hispanic/Latino heritage and culture, I wanted to share four looks that were inspired by five sexy women who in my opinion crossed lines, opened people’s minds, and/or made themselves a success in their own right despite their resources. Some of them had to overcome very difficult odds because of who they were and because of the way society was at the time of their endeavors. We talk so much about the Latina celebrities of today, many of whom are truly wonderful and I admire for their openness about their background, but I really wanted to discuss a few women who were legends a long time ago, and still are today because of their work in paving the way. In addition to pieces by excellent designers on the grid, whose landmarks you’ll find on the right side of this page under “Stores to See”, today’s Regina Blog features pose and photography props from Virtual Props and Poses, to capture these looks. Thanks to IMDB and Hispanic Culture Online for biographical information on these legends.

I hope you enjoy. Besos, Pao 😉

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LOOK #1: GILDA

Inspired by Margarita Carmen Cansino, aka Rita Hayworth

Lots of people may not know that actress and dancer Rita Hayworth was the daughter of a Spanish dancer named Eduardo Cansino who immigrated to the US from Spain in 1913. Her stage name, Hayworth, is her mother’s maiden name. Their family had a stage act called “The Dancing Cansinos”. Rita was set apart and quickly elevated herself to become an alluring icon in classic American films, the production of Gilda (1946) being one of her most memorable, positioning her as a supreme object of desire of that time. This look is inspired by her.

GILDA STYLECARD

Dress and Gloves: Nina gown by Donna Flora

Hair: “Rita” in Dirty Blonde by Donna Flora

Hairbase (perfect color match): IDon’tBleach Blonde by Lelutka

Necklace: Classic Pearls Remixed, Accessory Fair 2010

Heels: Mary Jane heels in Black by Nardcotix

Make-up: Delicacy in Full Face (lips, eyeshadow, blush) by Glamorize

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LOOK #2: AZUCAR!!

Inspired by Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, aka Celia Cruz

Emerging from a modest community in Cuba, the iconic Celia Cruz had her big break in 1950, replacing the lead singer for the Cuban orchestra Sonora Matancera. Her musical career would span over 50 years, until her untimely passing in 2003. Known as the Queen of Salsa, she influenced Latin music and helped to position it center stage internationally. Her trademark smile, colorful outfits, and her bellowing voice would gain her recognition all around the world. It is said that her well-known yell “azucar!” actually refers to an incident in Miami when she was asked if she wanted sugar with her strong Cuban coffee, and of course, since the waiter was Cuban, she said he should have known that she would. 😉  Any tribute to Latin women would simply be incomplete with her. This look is inspired by the young Celia, budding singer in the 1950s, and new lead voice of the Sonora Matancera.

AZUCAR! STYLECARD

Dress: Ariel pop Flexi Dress by Donna Flora

Hair: Fedora (hair attachment) in Black by Baiastice

Hairbase: Black by booN

Bracelet/Earrings: Ana in Cedar by Boho House @ Purple Moon

Shoes: Alice by Donna Flora

Eye makeup: Springtime Deep Blue by Donna Flora

Lips: Wet Kiss in Salmon by Glamorize

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LOOK #3: BEYOND BEAUTY IN 1962

Inspired by Rosa Dolores Alverio aka Rita Moreno

and

Sofia Villani Scicolone aka Sophia Loren

I’ve always liked Rita Moreno. Many might remember growing up seeing images of the Puerto Rican-born Rita Moreno on re-runs of Sesame Street and the Electric Company, but this multi-talented woman is a stage actress, TV and movie actress, dancer and singer. Of course, the production of West Side Story is something she is best well known for, her role of “Anita” somewhat overshadowing Natalie Wood’s main character, earning her an Oscar in 1962. Moreno is credited for working to change stereotypes of Latinos in film and helping to open doors for Latinos in entertainment today.

I’ve always admired Italian-born Sophia Loren for her timeless beauty. She’s one of those women who never looks her age, is always gorgeous and classy no matter what. Despite her gorgeous bombshell image, she’s widely known for her performance in Two Women (1961), which proved herself more than just a pretty face, and in 1962, she won an Oscar for it. This look is a fusion of the class, great talent and magnetic beauty of both these iconic women.

BEYOND BEAUTY IN 1962 STYLECARD

Hair: Meena in Ulfric by Hairoin

Top: Grandma Pretty & Young ensemble by Baiastice

Bottom & Stockings: Grandma Lingerie in purple by Baiastice

Gloves: Chinadoll gloves by Aleida

Necklace: Felicity by Virtual Impressions

Earrings: Grandma Pearl by Baiastice

Bracelet: Caruso by J&W Jewelers

Heels: Malene pumps in Purple by Aleida

Eye makeup: Kitty by Glamorize

Lips: Delicacy, tinted in fuchsia by Glamorize

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LOOK #4: CUERPAZO (Spanish for “Beautiful body”)

Inspired by Jo Raquel Tejada aka Raquel Welch

In a time when the classic sex symbol was consumed by the notion of the blond beauty, long before super models were given monikers like “the body”, a sensual brunette and daughter of a Bolivian aerospace engineer, Raquel Welch, appeared on the scene with a scantily clad bathing suit alongside her caveman love interest co-star in 1966’s One Million Years B.C. From that point on, Raquel helped to redefine the symbols of natural, sensual beauty.

CUERPAZO STYLECARD

Hair: Elizabeth in Chocolate by Jolie Femme

Bathing Suit: Breeze in White by {Happy} (marketplace)

Bracelet: Magic cubes in diamond

Eye-makeup: Coco Chic by Glamorize

Lips: Wet Kiss in Macchiato (darkened) by Glamorize

Heels: Rivea Pumps in Tan by M-Style

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