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Revealed: Dora, Latina Grad Rates and Latina Makeup Tips

Submitted by on September 1, 2009 – 8:17 am2 Comments

dora-links_doll_ADora Links, the kinda controversial doll that had a lot of us screaming about turning sweet Dora into a Webbie chola, is available for pre-order on Amazon. You can get a sneak at the package over here too. Cute, huh?

Via Hispanic Trending and the Xinhua News Agency,
41% of Latino girls fail to graduate from high
school. Shivers.
The report was released by the National Women’s Law
Center (NWLC) and the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) entitled
“Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School
Graduation.” It takes a look at the drop-out crisis
in the Latino community.

Via Hispanic Trending and the Xinhua News Agency, 41% of Latino girls fail to graduate from high school. Shivers.

The report was released by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) entitled ”Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation.” It takes a look at the drop-out crisis in the Latino community.

And here is a fun and fresh find, celebrity makeup artist Luis Casco offers beauty and makeup tips specifically for the gorgeousness that are Latinas on his blog, the well-titled Latina Makeup and Beauty. (He’s done Tina Fey and Helen Mirren y mas.)

You will find tips like, how to get Christina’s eyebrows and tricks for the light-skinned and brunette Latina “morena clara”; and the scoop on Salma’s new makeup line. (Luis, how about a Tiki Tiki how-to?).

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  • Adolfo S. says:

    Our daughter likes Dora, but she also likes Kai Lan, Backyardigans, and everything else carefully crafted to attract a toddler/pre-schooler’s curious mind. This new Dora doll takes the tamale, though! You can “disguise” her look? I remember wishing, at my most confused moments of childhood, that I could have blonde hair and blue eyes – if for nothing else, just to escape the jokes, the name calling, and to hold a small piece of the power that came with piel blanco. Check out Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” http://www.case.edu/president/aaction/UnpackingTheKnapsack.pdf. for more info on the “power” perceived and held by certain people. As for this doll, my daughter may, or may not like it. It’s just another thing to use to teach her how the media can manipulate, how NOT to be Chicana, and what lies can be created in order to make money. We’ll use it as a teachable thing and turn it positive by teaching her to play without “buying in to” the image created. She can create her own image, gracias a dios.

  • Catherine says:

    I guess I know what all the bratty nieces are gonna want for Christmas… let’s hope they can wait that long. Really cute though.

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