Valerie Tejeda

Inspiring Latina: Jewelry Designer Sandy Bodeau
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Jewelry Designer & Entrepreneur Sandy Bodeau

Sandy Bodeau is the designer and founder of Sira & Mara Jewelry. Hailing from Spain, Sandy came to the United States 11 years ago knowing virtually no English and with only $800 in her pocket. Thanks to her determination and exceptional work ethic, Bodeau is now fluent in English, holds two degrees, and has held jobs as a radio political analyst, as an interpreter, and in the U.S. Senate. These days, Bodeau is tackling a new challenge: entrepreneurship. 


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5 Ways to Help Your Bullied Child
5 Ways to Help Your Bullied Child

“Heartbroken” sums up how Mexican American mom Jeanie Kastas felt when she discovered that her 10-year-old son, Jonathan, was being taunted at school.

“The kids were calling him names like ‘wetback’ and saying things like ‘go back to your country,’” she says. It devastated her to see her jovial little fifth grader turning into a sad, angry person. “I wanted to fix it,” says Kastas, whose son is not alone, considering that almost 28 percent of Hispanic students report being bullied, according to the National Center for Education.


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Monique Barraza
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Breast Cancer Awareness Advocate Monique Barraza

Monique Barraza is a breast cancer awareness advocate for the Latina community. After losing her mother to breast cancer back in 2005, Monique started the Abigail Barraza Foundation, an organization that unites Latinas in the fight against breast cancer.


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Jessica Medina
Inspiring Latina of the Week: 'Loving Curves Collective' Founder & CEO Jessica Medina

Jessica Medina is the Founder and CEO of Loving Curves Collective, a New York-based company and soon-to-be online store, that focuses on empowering and educating women to show off the beauty of their curves. The Dominicana strives encourage women from all ethnic backgrounds to embrace their body and be proud of who they are with events, photo shoots, and weekly video fashion tips.


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entrepreneur Michele Ruiz
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entrepreneur Michele Ruiz

Michele Ruiz is an accomplished entrepreneur, public speaker, blogger, author, and award-winning journalist. Born to a Panamanian mother in Glendale, California, Michele had a rough childhood dealing with abuse, racism, and poverty. Despite the odds, Ruiz put herself through college and went on to have a successful career in broadcast journalism. From there, she had the idea to start her own business with the motto, “Empowering Entrepreneurs to Empower Themselves.”


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Kyra Caruso
Inspiring Latina of the Week: DJ & Doula Kyra Caruso

New York native Kyra Caruso has an interesting mix of professions: she is a DJ and a doula. Part Mexican and part Austrian, Kyra is co-owner of the music and lifestyle company Blend Media Group. Caruso has become quite the hot commodity, even djing for the likes of Katy Perry and Rihanna


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Sandra Guynes
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Domestic Violence Survivor Sandra Guynes

Sandra Guynes is a nurse educator, artist, domestic violence survivor, and the president and founder of Pearls for Creative Healing, Inc–a nonprofit organization providing help to survivors of domestic violence.


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Handbag Designer Sandra Reiman
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Handbag Designer Sandra Reiman

Sandra Reiman is the fabulous designer behind the luxurious and sleek handbag line Sandra Cadavid. Hailing from Colombia, each bag is handmade one-by-one by artisans in her home country.

After moving to the U.S., Sandra decided to create her own design firm. From there, her handbags have taken off, even being worn and endorsed by celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic, Catherine Giudici, and Alexia Echevarría.


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7 Things You Should Never Do In A Relationship As Shown by Jamie On Dexter
7 Things You Should Never Do In A Relationship As Shown by Jamie On Dexter

We don't know about you, but we are huge fans of the TV show Dexter. The series finale is this Sunday and lots of tears are to be expected. While we absolutely adore actress Aimee Garcia, her character Jamie Batista did something this season that definitely caught our attention. Here are 7 things you should never do in a relationship, as shown by Jamie on Dexter:

She Pushes to Move in Together


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Model & Autism Activist Christina Mendez
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Model & Autism Advocate Christina Mendez

Christina Mendez is an actress, model, philanthropist, hostess, and mother, who is taking the entertainment by storm. Being the granddaughter of Meringue King Joseito Mateo, performing was always in her blood.

After nine years of working hard, Christina has become one of the most recognizable “real size” models, and she is proud of her curves! Mendez has been been featured on BET's Rip The Runway, MSN Living, and countless fashion campaigns including QFD by Qristyl Frazier Designs-Project Runway Alumni, and MadRag, amoung others.


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