The Spicy Latina Trope, Explained

by The Take


The Spicy Latina: For nearly a century now, she has been the sultry face of Latina representation. The trope of portraying Latin women as exotic and hot-blooded — passionate in both love and in war — arose before the advent of cinema. But even as we’ve progressed toward more enlightened, more diverse characters in general, the Spicy Latina has remained a stock Hollywood figure — a go-to source for laughter and lust in everything from action movies to sitcoms. Here’s our Take on where these fiery Latinas came from, the misconceptions they’ve created, and why they should likely be extinguished.

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