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In the media, Latina's are usually portrayed as three sill and flat characters; the chola, the maid, and the home wrecker. The chola, portrays the typical thin eyebrowed, thug girl that goes around low income neighborhoods beating everyone up. With this stereotype, "chola" aesthetic is slandered and ridiculed. The maid represents the cleaning lady that almost every character on TV has taking care of their home and raising their kids. Finally, the home wrecker, represents a over-sexualized Latina woman that is what every married woman worries will take her husband out from under her. Usually, she is nothing more than a wicked gold digging mistress that steals a marriage's happiness.

However, we as Latinas should not let these stereotypes define us. I am proud of the chola community's aesthetic and how they were able to form a new style of makeup that took the 1990s Latina community by storm. I am proud of our fellow women working as maids, trying to make a living in order to raise their children right and give them a better life. I am proud of all Latina women that are judged based on their body. I want ALL LATINAS to know that their body does not define them and they are more than just a set of hips for someone to look at.

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