Kim Kardashian graces three different covers of Elle U.K. for its “Confidence” issue, but glamour didn’t always come this easy to the celebrity and she talks about it in the magazine.
The reality star spoke about maternity, her stolen nude photos and how she struggled with her body image growing up.
“It’s taken me a long time to be happy with my body and for my confidence to grow to what it is today,” she admits. “I grew up when the body to have was the tall, slim, supermodel one, like Cindy Crawford’s. No one looked like me. It’s good to break the mould and recreate one.”
One famous Latina that has credited Kim Kardashian for revolutionizing body beauty is Demi Lovato.
“I really credit women like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian… [they] completely revolutionized what our generation’s view of perception of what beautiful is and I really think that they had a huge impact on that,” Lovato said.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 2, 2014
Her recent nude shoot for Paper magazine proved kim is proud of her celebrated curves but she did admit that she was upset about the recent naked pictures that were leaked online.
“I feel violated because these are private pictures. I didn’t choose for them to be out there. But I’m also realistic. I’m on covers of magazines naked, so I can’t go crazy about it. The only choice I can make is to not let it shake me up. I’m not having that choice taken away from me.”
The celebrity also opened up about how difficult it was for her to get pregnant — and how she is also considering IVF treatment.
“I want a boy and another girl; I want it to start happening straight away. I loved being part of a huge family – and I want that for North. We’d do IVF if nothing happens, but we both want to keep trying naturally. ” Kim added, “a few years ago I was told I could never get pregnant. Three different doctors told me the same thing, which is why I wanted to have my eggs frozen. I was just about to do that when I found out I was pregnant with North.”
In her first interview since becoming a mother, Eva Mendes sat down with Ellen Degeneres to discuss baby Esmeralda and pranked the audience by promising to reveal the first photo of the newborn, only to instead show a hilarious mashup of Mendes and Gosling’s faces.
Ellen thanked the new mom for coming out of the house for the first time and putting on a dress, but she also called out Eva for lying about being pregnant on her show back in February, sharing a clip of her denying the rumors.
“It wasn’t really lying because I was so early on and all moms will understand, you’re not supposed to tell anybody during your first… Well certainly not the world… In your first trimester. And my mother didn’t even know yet. So that would have been an awkward phone call. ‘Hey mom did you catch Ellen today?’
Mendes went on to explain why she and Gosling decided to keep the news a secret.
“I think just early on, we decided it’s going to be very hard for her to have privacy. And we thought this is the first opportunity we can give her to protect her and so then I had a nice calm pregnancy, which I did.” Eva said.
SEE ALSO: It’s a girl! Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling welcome their bundle of joy
While Mendes’s pregnancy went without a glitch, she revealed that she’s exhausted.
“You know we’re getting the hang of it, the sleeping thing, but yeah I’m exhausted and it’s the best…Really, I’m so incredibly tired. I thought I was tired before at times, but no. Nothing like this, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
However, despite being tired the actress looks slim and gorgeous, which she attributes to breast-feeding.
“I’ve always heard it. It really does help to shrink your uterus back to normal size. It does! I know it’s a really weird thing to say, but it does. It’s the best yeah.” Eva said.
The New York Times posted an editorial Monday about how hundreds of Cuban doctors could defect to the U.S. while they treat Ebola patients in West Africa.
Cuban doctors serving in West Africa could easily apply to the “Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program.”
The program allows doctors and other Cuban health professionals working in a third country at the behest of the Cuban government to defect to the United States. Those who are accepted can be on American soil within weeks, on track to becoming U.S. citizens
The NY Times also reported that the “Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program,” enabled 1,278 Cubans to defect while on overseas assignments, a record number.
“American immigration policy should give priority to the world’s neediest refugees and persecuted people. It should not be used to exacerbate the brain drain of an adversarial nation at a time when improved relations between the two countries are a worthwhile, realistic goal,” the NY times said. “It’s incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by making defection so easy.”
Cuba’s health care system was degraded by the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s, and in recent years, the government has sent health workers to Venezuela and Brazil, in exchange for badly needed hard currency and oil. Those programs make up one of the largest sources of income for the island.
According to Cuban government figures, more than 440,000 of the island’s 11 million citizens are employed in the health sector.
A new survey by the Pew Research Center, “Religion in Latin America,” reveals that Latin Americans born into Roman Catholic families have increasingly left the faith for Protestant churches.
Latin America remains home to an estimated 40 percent of the planet’s Catholic population. But the survey finds that 19 percent of Latin Americans now describe themselves as Protestant.
Why are Latin Americans leaving the Catholic Church for Protestantism?
The survey asked respondents to rate eight possible explanations. Protestants who converted from Catholicism most frequently say they “wanted a more personal experience with God.” Other commonly cited reasons include the style of worship at their new church and a desire for greater emphasis on morality.
What about the “Francis effect?”
The research also showed that Pope Francis is highly popular and influential in Latin America, with two-thirds or more of the population expressing a positive opinion.
“The Catholic Church’s status in Latin America has drawn more attention since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope in March 2013, taking the name Francis.” The Pew reported, “while it is too soon to know whether Francis can stop or reverse the church’s losses in the region, the new survey finds that people who are currently Catholic overwhelmingly view Francis favorably and consider his papacy a major change for the church.”
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Why is Latin America cooling on Catholicism? (Juliana Barrera/Voxxi)
However, the authors of the Pew report said former Catholics are more pessimistic of the pope than those still in the Church, he is highly regarded by a majority of ex-Catholics only in Argentina and Uruguay. Significant percentages of former Catholics also say it’s too soon to tell whether Francis represents real change, or to identify a tangible “Francis effect.”
What about Hispanics Catholics in the U.S.?
The ratio of decline in Latin American Catholics is similar to those who live in the U.S., the “New York Times” noted, where large numbers of those raised Catholic, Hispanic and non-Hispanic, have abandoned the church.
According to PEW research, “Nearly a quarter of Hispanic adults in the United States were raised Catholic but have since left the faith, while just 2 percent of U.S. Hispanics have converted to Catholicism after being raised in another religious tradition or with no affiliation.”
The survey was conducted from October 2013 to February 2014 in every Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country in Latin America, except for Cuba.
International superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull brought the party of “Sex and Love” to their beloved hometown Miami, with up-and-coming Colombian star J Balvin, who opened the show with his mega hit “6AM” along with surprise guest Farruko.
Pitbull was up first, using his hourlong set to showcase a South Miami Beach style party, with songs such as “Dont’ Stop the Party,” “Fireball,” “International Love” and, best of all, “Rain Over Me.” The Cuban rapper also paid tribute to his collaborators that he has worked with over the years, including those with JLO, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Neyo, Kesha and many more.
“I used to perform on the corner of NW 7th Avenue and 79th Street,” he recalled. “It’s an honor to be able to perform at the AAA.”
Pitbull had everyone jumping during the show but when Enrique Iglesias hit the stage the party was just getting started and the crowd went wild with “I’m a Freak.”
Iglesias sang some of his greatest hits: “Finally Found You,” “Bailamos,” “El Perdedor,” “Loco,”and the summer anthem “Bailando” with Gente de Zona.
And what’s a party without alcohol and some confessions?
Iglesias invited a fan on stage for some shots as he opened up about the separation of his parents when he was younger, and the time he moved from Spain to the U.S. He topped the confession off by singing a beautiful cover of “Stand By Me,” a song that he says made him nostalgic about those hard times.
Both singers made reference of how much they loved Miami because it was where their careers started and they both interacted with the audience to show their appreciation for the “305.”
The Spanish heartthrob and the Cuban rapper kept the audience on their feet all night and at the end of the concert the energetic duo said goodbye with their 2010 smash “I Like It” claiming “We fucking love you, Miami!”
Wesly Tones forma parte de una nueva generación de artistas que están redefiniendo la música latina urbana. El músico comparte con nosotros los ritmos de su nuevo álbum “La Profecia”.
El artista puertoriqueño afirma que le gustaría colaborar con artistas de diferentes géneros como Enrique Iglesias, Shakira o Pitbull y que no le asusta experimentar con nuevos ritmos.
“Me encantaría colaborar con estos artistas porque tienen técnicas multifacéticas y eso va conmigo”, explica Tones.
Nacido en La Isla del Encanto, Tones ha estado rodeado de música toda su vida. Escribió su primera canción cuando tenía 12 años y su familia siempre estuvo en el mundo de la música porque su padre era miembro de la famosa orquesta de la isla “Costa Brava”.
El secreto de su éxito es la incorporación de diversos ritmos que absorbió creciendo pero siempre manteniendo un ritmo bailable: “Soy puertoriqueño así que siempre estaré influenciado por la salsa el merengue y el reggaeton”.
“Los gatos” es el segundo sencillo del álbum “La Profecía” que pronto podremos escuchar. El vídeo se filmó en Miami con el mago de la producción musical Maffio. Con la mano de Maffio detrás del proyecto está claro que no vamos a poder mantenernos sentados.
Tones confiesa que le gusta llegar más allá de los límites convencionales y que igual se transforma en el futuro.
“Estoy dispuesto a crear un poco de cada cosa. Me gustaría producir nueva música, retarme a mi mismo y crear nuevas canciones”.
Su anterior sencillo, “De Cabeza” llegó al número 10 en los “Billboard Tropical Airplay” y aguantó en los primeros lugares durante siete semanas consecutivas.
Ver también: Gente de Zona almost gave up on ‘Bailando’
Wesly Tones is part of the new wave of artists who are redefining Latin urban music. The musician is ready to share with the world his catchy and upbeat music released on his new album “La Profecia.”
The Puerto Rican artist shared with VOXXI that he would love to collaborate with artists who have different styles such as Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Pitbull. He also emphasized he’s not afraid of experimenting with new rhythms.
“I ‘d like to collaborate with these artists because they have multifaceted techniques, and I relate to that.” tones said.
Born in La Isla del Encanto, Tones has been surrounded by music his entire life. He wrote his first song when he was 12, and his family was always involved with the music industry because his dad was a member of the recognized orchestra “Costa Brava” on the island.
The key to his musical success is incorporating diverse rhythms hat he grew up listening to but always keeping a focus on a dance beat: “I’m Puerto Rican so I’m influence by salsa, merengue and reggaeton.”
“Los gatos,” is the second single from his album “La Profecía,” that will be released soon. The video was filmed in Miami with superstar artist and music producer Maffio. With someone like Maffio behind it, Wesly Tones promises that his fans won’t be able to sit still in one place with his new creation.
Tones confesses he’s not afraid to push the limits of transformation in the future.
“I’m ready to create a little bit of everything. I’ll love to produce new music, to test myself and make new songs.”
His previous single “De Cabeza” reached number 10 on the “Billboard Tropical Airplay” chart, and the song remained in that category for seven consecutive weeks.
El cantante sueco-congoleño Mohombi habló con VOXXI sobre su nuevo sencillo “Movin” y sus planes para hacernos bailar a su ritmo por muchos años.
Mohombi se dio a conocer en el panorama musical en el 2010 con su gran éxito “Bumpy Ride,” producido por nada menos que el galardonado RedOne. El sencillo llegó a encabezar la lista de los más escuchados en EE.UU. y Europa y llegó a tener 212 millones de visitas en VEVO.
Entrevista a Mohombi
¿Cómo comenzó su carrera musical y cuáles son sus raíces?
Crecí envuelto en música latina y todavía sigo en ese mundo. Desde Celia Cruz a Pitbull, he colaborado con diversas estrellas latinas y pronto se verán los resultados.
Háblanos de “Movin” con BirdMan y Caskey.
“Movin” es la mejor tarjeta de presentación de mi próximo álbum “Universe”.
“Movin” es un mundo lleno de energía y diversidad. Yo represento AfroPop, Caskey lo complementa con su Cash Money Rap & y la fiesta está a cargo del mismo Soca King, Mr KMC. Birdman nos presenta.
Hemos visto el vídeo y además de cantar usted sabe bailar…
Mis padres regentaban un club cuando yo era niño. Creo que no hace falta más explicación.
¿A la conquista de la audiencia norteamericana?
Mi música es acerca de construír puentes. La industria musical es cada vez más abierta a diferentes tendencias. Cada día tenemos más similitudes y menos diferencias.
Símplemente voy a seguir haciendo lo que mejor hago: ser yo mismo y todo saldrá bien. Tampoco vengo solo a EE.UU. Traigo una historia y tengo millones de seguidores.
The Swedish-Congolese singer Mohombi chatted with VOXXI about his new single “Movin” and how he plans to keep you dancing for years to come.
Mohombi first broke out into the international music scene in 2010 with his mega-hit, “Bumpy Ride,” which was produced by award-winning producer, RedOne. The single dominated the charts throughout the U.S. and Europe surpassing over 212 million views on VEVO. There’s no stopping him now.
Q&A with Mohombi
Tell us how you started on your musical career and who influenced your music.
I grew up with Latin Music and I’m still growing with the culture. All the way from Celia Cruz to Pitbull, I have made lots of collaborations with multiple Latin Superstars that will be out soon.
Tell us about “Movin” featuring BirdMan and Caskey.
I believe that Movin is a great way to introduce my upcoming album “Universe.”
Let’s say that “Movin” is a planet full of energy and diversity. I represent AfroPop, Caskey kills it with his Cash Money Rap & the party is hosted by the Soca King Himself Mr KMC. The fact that Birdman himself introduces us in the song speaks for itself.
We saw the video and we were impressed by your dancing skills.
My parents used to have a nightclub when I was a child. Do I need to say more ?
How are you planning to conquer the U.S. audience?
My music is about building bridges and the music Industry is becoming more open to foreign music, realizing that we have more similarities than differences.
I’m just gonna keep doing what I do best: Be myself, and everything is gonna be alright… I’m not coming to the U.S. alone. I’m walking in with a story and millions of followers.
Mohombi promises there will be plenty more for his fans to follow, and plenty of motivation for you to get up and dance.
The 15th Annual Latin Grammy awards nominations were revealed to the world on Wednesday in a very unique way, and it looks like Calle 13 is taking away the most recognitions.
This year the recording academy announced the nominations on a video that was put up on the Latin Grammy site with announcements made by a wide array of artists and fans.
Gabriel Abaroa Jr., president of the Latin Recording Academy, said the nominations reflected the “dynamic and vibrant worldwide Latin community of artists, producers, engineers and songwriters.”
The urban music duo Calle 13 is the top competitor for the Latin Grammys. Eduardo Cabra also known as “visitante” of the group is nominated for 10 awards, including producer of the year, while the Puerto Rican band is up for nine. The nominations were mostly tied to its 2014 release “MultiViral.”
Andres Castro scored eight nods followed by Tom Coyne who received seven, Julio Reyes Copello and Carlos Vives each received six nominations, and Descemer Bueno and Enrique Iglesias were next with five nominations each for their wildly successful “Bailando”and their popular song “loco.”
Album of the year competitors include Marc Anthony, Calle 13, Ruben Blades, Camila, Paco de Lucia, Jorge Drexler, Carlos Vives, Fonseca, Jarabe De Palo, the trio of Lila Downs, Nina Pastori and Soledad.
The Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on November. 20 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on U.S. Spanish-language network Univision.
Here are the nominations in other categories for the 15th Annual Latin Grammys.
Album Of The Year
- 3.0 — Marc Anthony
- Tangos — Rubén Blades
- Multiviral — Calle 13
- Elypse — Camila
- Canción Andaluza — Paco de Lucía
- Raíz — Lila Downs, Niña Pastori y Soledad
- Bailar En La Cueva — Jorge Drexler
- Fonseca Sinfónico — Fonseca
- Somos — Jarabe De Palo
- Más + Corazón Profundo — Carlos Vives
Record Of The Year:
- “Donde Está El Amor — Pablo Alborán Featuring Jesse & Joy
- “Cambio De Piel” — Marc Anthony
- “Respira El Momento” — Calle 13
- “Decidiste Dejarme” — Camila
- “Universos Paralelos” — Jorge Drexler Featuring Ana Tijoux
- “Llegaste Tú” — Luis Fonsi Featuring Juan Luis Guerra
- “Bailando” — Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
- “Darte Un Beso” — Prince Royce
- “Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar” — Carlos Vives Featuring Marc Anthony
- “El Mar De Sus Ojos”— Carlos Vives Featuring ChocQuibTown
Song Of The Year
- “A Bossa Nova É Foda” — Caetano Veloso, songwriter; performed by Caetano Veloso
- “Bailando” — Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona, Enrique Iglesias, songwriters; performed by Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
- “Cambio De Piel” — Yoel Henríquez & Julio Reyes Copello, songwriters; performed by Marc Anthony
- “Corazones Invencibles” — Manu Moreno & Aleks Syntek, songwriters; performed by Aleks Syntek
- “Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar” — Andrés Castro, Carlos Vives, songwriters; performed by Carlos Vives Featuring Marc Anthony
- “Darte Un Beso” — Andrés Castro, Guianko Gómez, Juan Riveros & Prince Royce, songwriters; performed by Prince Royce
- “Decidiste Dejarme” — Mario Domm, Lauren Evans & Mónica Vélez, songwriters; performed by Camila
- “Mi Tesoro” — Jesse & Joy, songwriters; performed by Jesse & Joy
- “Ojos Color Sol” — Calle 13 & Silvio Rodríquez, songwriters; performed by Calle 13 Featuring Silvio Rodríguez
- “Universos Paralelos” — Jorge Drexler & Ana Tijoux, songwriters; performed by Jorge Drexler Featuring Ana Tijoux
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Amor En Portofino — Andrea Bocelli
- Tiempo — Linda Briceño
- Orígenes: El Bolero Volumen 2 — Café Quijano
- Fonseca Sinfónica — Fonseca
- Gracias Por Estar Aquí — Marco Antonio Solís
Best Urban Performance
- “6AM” — J Balvin Featuring Farruko
- “Adentro” — Calle 13
- “Bailando” — Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
- “Pura Vida” — Don Omar
- “Que Viva La Vida” — Wisin
Best Rock Album
- Palosanto — Bunbury
- Ama-Zonas — Doctor Krápula
- Don Tetto — Don Tetto
- El Final Del Mundo Vol. II: Nada Es Imposible — Luz Verde
- Agua Maldita — Molotov
Best Alternative Music Album
- Romantisísmico — Babasónicos
- Fruta — Caloncho
- Los Cafres — 25 Años De Música! — Los Cafres
- El Vuelo Del Pez — Siddhartha
- Aquelarre — Sig Ragga
Best Salsa Album
- 3.0 — Marc Anthony
- Déjame Así — Maite Hontelé
- Mis Mejores Recuerdos — Tito Nieves
- First Class To Havana — Aymee Nuviola
- 50 Aniversario — Mario Ortiz All Star Band
Best Norteño Album
- Amor Amor — Conjunto Primavera
- XX Años — El Poder Del Norte
- En Tus Manos — Los Rieleros Del Norte
- Por Ti — Pesado
- Clásicas De Ayer Y Siempre — Polo Urias Y Su Máquina Norteña
Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album
- Calma Aí, Coração Ao Vivo — Zeca Baleiro
- De Graça — Jeneci
- Inventario Encontra Ivan Lins— Ivan Lins
- Verdade, Uma Ilusão — Marisa Monte
- Caymmi — Nana, Dori E Danilo