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15 Things That Happen When People Think You Don't "Look Latina"

"OK, where are you REALLY from?"

1. Sometimes, people will speak Spanish in front of you, assuming you don't know what they're saying.

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Little do they know that you can eavesdrop in multiple languages. Mwahaha/Muajaja!

2. And people act shocked when they discover that, yes, you can speak Spanish, too.

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(Although it's obvs NBD if you don't.)

3. People love to tell you, "OK, say something else in Spanish!"

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"Ya basta."

4. At some point, you've been told you don't "look Latina."

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Sigh.

5. And, for some reason, people specifically think it's OK to inform you that you "don't look like J.Lo."

Fox

As if you don't own a mirror for some reason.

6. If your name is in Spanish, people will be dumbfounded.

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They'll look from your ID to your face and back incredulously.

7. And sometimes they'll ask you to keep pronouncing your name, like it's a neat party trick.

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It's pronounced "deh-ha-meh ehn pas."

8. And if you're Latina but your name ISN'T in Spanish, people become doubly confused!

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Because it's not like people ever, you know, traveled to other nations and married people outside their ethnicity, right?

9. People can and do ask, "If you're Latina, then why are you white/black?"

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KAREN.

10. Even when you inform people that your roots are in Latin America, they'll act like you need to prove it.

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"HMMMM... WHICH STREET OF WHICH TOWN IN OAXACA IS YOUR FAMILY FROM, EXACTLY????? GIMME THEIR BLOOD TYPES AND DATES OF BIRTH."

11. And people tell you where they think you SHOULD be from.

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"Sooooooooooooo, you're sure you don't have any sort of... Irish situation...in your family?"/ "OK, but surely your PARENTS are from, like, Madagascar. Right?"

12. And if you're Brazilian, forget it. You're not here to teach people how to google.

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The struggle is real.

13. You don't have time to explain how Latinas can have Asian AND African heritage.

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You just know that 1) you are awesome and 2) people have the internet to help them look things up.

14. Filling out a census form is always an interesting experience.

NBC

Hmmmm... "All of the above"?

15. Even media FOR Latinos often feature people who don't represent you.

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We don't all have naturally wavy hair and light tans, after all.

But you know that despite it all, YOU get to define yourself.

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And that you contain multitudes.

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