Earlier this week we told you that we got our ticket, packed our bags and hopped on the bandwagon for the beautiful Amara La Negra, the new star of Love and Hip Hop Miami. The Afro-Dominican singer is using her new platform in the hopes of helping to redefine people’s expectations of what Latinas look like. “Not all Latinas look like JLo or Sofia Vergara or Shakira,” she said during the premiere episode. “So, where are the women that look like myself?”
And while most find La Negra, born Dana Danelys De Los Santos, and her look and personality refreshing, there are supposedly a few people who still have questions about her, specifically about her skin.
In an interview to promote the new series in the Love and Hip Hop franchise, The Shaderoom founder Angie Nwandu asked the singer about allegations that she’s not as dark as she comes off on social media and on TV, but is actually darkening her skin to stand out in the industry. When La Negra asked co-stars Trina and Trick Daddy if they heard the rumors, the latter did say that people had asked him, “Who is the fake Spanish girl?”
Who is The Fake Spanish Girl? ??♀️ So My Girl from the @theshaderoom Asked me about the whole “AMARA LA NEGRA IS DOING BLACK FACE” controversy thats been said about me all over social media… During an Exclusive Interview with @trickdaddydollars @trinarockstarr #LHHMIA #LHHMIAMI
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But La Negra handled the question well, pointing out yet again that Latinos come in all shades and looks.
“It’s really important to me, being in this show to educate and inform people about Afro-Latinos,” La Negra said. “Trina is also an Afro-Latina!”
Trina is the daughter of a Dominican father, but because she’s not close with that side of her family and didn’t grow up around them, she said during the interview that she prefers to identify as “just Black.”
As for La Negra, she followed up any and all questions about her true skin tone and look by sharing video of herself in a beauty pageant as a young girl. What she looked like then is what she looks like now — minus the braids.
“Its funny that I even have to go through this and show you baby pictures or videos to prove to blogs and people on social media that my skin color is not airbrushed or spray tanned nor do I take melanin shots to be black!” she wrote on Instagram. “This sh-t is hilarious.”
Well Yea I guess I was Born in a “Black Face Body!” Its funny that I even have to go through this and show you baby pictures or videos to prove to blogs and people on social media that my skin color is not airbrushed or spray tanned nor do I take melanin shots to be black! This shit is hilarious ? however this is one of my favorite baby videos. I started when I was four years old doing beauty pageants, working on TV, commercials, etc. I have always been sassy confident! Iv always been Naturally curvy Hips, Thighs, butt lol Thanks Mom/Dad lmao.. and Yess Thats My Hair! Back Then I used Braids… ( These days you gotta explain it all… Im Being Questioned every single part of my body ???)
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For further proof that she was born with the skin she’s in, you can check out a few more images and video from her childhood on the following pages.