Reclaiming the Latina Hashtag **Latina/@**
This tumblr is doing big things. The power of the hashtag can no longer be ignored (e.g. #BlackLivesMatter). This tumblr/hashtag is reclaiming the associations with Latinas, both online and IRL (in real life), in which until recently “Latina” was equated only with overt sexuality, a decision made by most anyone but Latinas. The need for this type of movement is apparent, and has been gaining momentum as time goes on. One of the best innovations these clever Tumblr-users employ is that of ‘Latinx’ (and/or ‘Latin@‘) which is an all-inclusive term that neutralizes the unavoidable gendering present in the Spanish language. Sprung out of an attempt to demasculinize the plural of men and women, Latinos, this new spelling includes both genders but also succeeds in making gender somewhat irrelevant. Rock on chic@s.
Tumblr of Stephanie, self-described “Queer Latina Feminista reproductive justice activist, organizer, agitator, scholar, poet, writer, creative that is passionate about all things related to Latinx Feminism, queer liberation, immigrant rights activism, racial justice, transnational feminist praxis, community organizing, + intersectional movement building mixed with artistic cultural expression and creation.” Basically, she’s collecting and displaying what mainstream media is ignoring. Open your eyes and your mind with this one.
Meet Hiptipico! Or at least, meet the tumblr of Hiptipico, an ethical fashion brand out of Panajachel, Guatemala that you will soon wonder how you ever lived without. Firstly, as Internet ogling goes, this is at the top of the list—the clothing and accessories offered are gorgeous, in addition to being authentically handmade and mostly one-of-a-kind. Founded by Alyssa McGarry in 2012, Hiptipico is a brand that provides for local artisans to sell their original pieces to a global market for a fair price that actually goes to the women who create these products. Essentially, it’s a must for Hip Latinas (and everyone else) everywhere!
Her intro says it all: “I am a 21 YO Afro Latina tired of only seeing white people in the fashion world. This blog is about representation.” Photos of beautiful (and all different) women in beautiful (and all different) clothing. Get. On. It. Excellent for representing everyone, especially black Latinas.