When I became a teenager, I always had my head in magazines. High end fashion and teenage literature were apart of my regime, but then, because I spent most of my time in the magazine section of the grocery store while my parentals shopped, I found Latina. With a pretty gal on the cover, a latina, who resembled me more than the “Gen Market” cover models featured on other magazines at the time, I was gravitated to it, feeling like this could be something I can relate to.
The previous weekend my mom dropped me off at Best Buy with money, while she waited in the car, because I desperately wanted a CD (HAHA you’re all probably laughing at me b/c I said “CD”)of a band I had seen on TV. When I got back in the car and played my new purchase she was surprised to hear salsa rhythms by DLG. “This is the CD you wanted?” Mumsy said. I just gave off a huge smile, nodded yes, and continued dancing 🙂 Soooo they weren’t all so surprised I wanted this new magazine I had found. Actually, you can tell they were excited I wanted to read something different, something more relatable, and something that had Spanish language in it.
At the time the magazine was bilingual, having a full article in both English and Spanish. As a bicultural, having the magazine be bilingual helped me grow in my Spanish. I’d read the Spanish article first, then re-read in English so I knew exactly what the heck I was reading.
Today, the articles aren’t fully featured in each language, but it is still bilingual, with different Spanish words within articles…which I LOVE because it’s pretty much how I talk. English. English. English. Spanish. English. Spanish..jaja. It’s great because Latina covers everything from fashion, beauty, celebrities from both English and Spanish work, real issues aaaand even real women! Myself included 😉 This diverse publication will always be apart of my reading routine. If for some reason you haven’t ever flipped through it, estás loca! hehe Go do it! I can pass over my copy, if you’d like.