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Monica Spear 29 (Former Miss Venezuelan & Soap Star) Gunned Down In Robbery, 5-Year-Old Daughter Shot, Estranged Husband Killed

Reblogged By: La Tray

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Posted: Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 12:12 a.m. PST



In one of her last Twitter posts, Venezuelan beauty queen Monica Spear wished her fans peace, health and love.

The 29-year-old soap opera star was gunned down by the side of a country road less than a week later.

Armed robbers opened fire after the car Spear and her estranged husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were driving in broke down in Venezuela’s Carabobo state, officials said. Both of them were killed.

Their 5-year-old daughter survived Monday’s shooting, authorities said, but was shot in the leg.

“At the moment the only thing we know is that it is presumed that the motive was robbery,” Venezuelan Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said. “We are still investigating. There are five people detained who are being interrogated.”

Spear was Miss Venezuela in 2004 and represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant the next year.

Her popularity opened the door to acting roles in soap operas that eventually made her an international star. She worked in Colombia and more recently in the United States, where she made her home in Miami.

She was vacationing in Venezuela with her family when she was killed.

Word of Spear’s slaying spread quickly on social media and drew a massive response from fans in the South American nation and well beyond its borders.

Movie stars, fellow soap opera actors, athletes and government officials expressed sorrow and condemned the attack.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the killing a massacre and said more needed to be done to put a stop to violence.

Venezuela is one of the world’s most violent countries, according to a United Nations ranking.

One person is killed roughly every 21 minutes in Venezuela. And there were 24,700 violent deaths last year in the oil-rich country of roughly 30 million people, according to the nonprofit Venezuelan Violence Observatory.

“This happens every day in Venezuela. … If the victim had not been this actress, the person would simply be one more statistic,” said Luis Izquiel, a lawyer and criminologist in Caracas.

Richard Linares, Spear’s Venezuela-based personal trainer, said the slaying shows how little life is valued in his country.

“Life does not matter,” he told CNN en Español on Tuesday. “A life can be traded for some shoes.”

“It devastates me that there is a 5-year-old girl who is asleep, and when she wakes up she will ask how her parents are, and she no longer has any parents,” Linares said.

Venezuelan officials said they’re committed to solving the problem.

“It is painful, not only the death of this beloved Venezuelan actress and the wound her daughter received, but also the death of any Venezuelan who falls in the hands of violence,” Rodriguez said.

Authorities also said they had assigned two prosecutors to investigate Monday’s slayings.

In an interview with The Huffington Post last year, Spear said she left Venezuela because of the country’s security problems.

But Spear was eager to visit her home country over the holidays, close friend and CNN Latino anchor Maria Alejandra Requena said.

“She wanted to spend Christmas and New Year’s in Venezuela,” Requena said, “to travel around Venezuela, to let her little daughter know her country.”

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Sofia Vergara Wears A Black Lace Corset For Esquire’s Sex Issue Interview ‘Stereotypes Of Latinas’ (Photos)

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Source & Story Credit: Latina – Sally Mercedes & Sugey Palomares

Photo Credit: Esquire – James White (Photographer)

Posted: Saturday April 7, 2012 @2:29 a.m. PST



By now, you have probably heard everyone buzzing about Sofia Vergara on the April cover for Esquire’s sex issue. We opened up the glossy magazine, featuring the Colombian actress in a black lace corset with the words SEX sprawled across her hips, and discovered that the cover story has an interesting angle to it: a white man defining what it means to be Latina.


The venomous backwards narrative weaves in so many stereotypes about Latinas that we are instantly propelled to the Carmen Miranda ‘cha cha’ days. Writer Cal Fussman offers a mainstream guide of the “incomprehensible ways of the Latin woman.” What makes him a bona fide expert? He’s married to a Brazilian. Somehow we don’t think that’s an excuse to be machista.


Here’s a breakdown of the Latino stereotypes in Esquire’s Sofia Vergara cover story:


Latinas are domestic. Fussman seems obsessed with Latinas’ domestic habits, especially cooking. Sofia Vergara calls him out on it at one point, wondering if he thought he was getting a maid when he married his wife. He says he wasn’t, but when his idea of a Latina is “great food and amazing sex,” we wonder.


Latinas are superstitious. This one comes out of nowhere, sandwiched between beauty standards and Latinas’ inability to make concrete plans. We didn’t realize Latinos were the only culture that had superstitions and old wives’ tales, but apparently so!


Latin men are cheaters. If Fussman’s wife thinks Latin men are cheaters, then they must be, right? We’re not sure if the implication is that American men are pushovers or if Vergara really believes Latinos have a “genetic disposition,” but it’s bad either way.


Latinas are controlling. Apparently, when a Latina mother fusses over her son, she just wants to control his life. Nevermind that it’s just advice and he knows (as much as she does) that he can make his own decisions.


Latinas love to dress sexy. The mainstream portrayal of the sexed-up Latina has been around since even before Charo’s “cuchi-cuchi” image back in the 70s. Sadly, it is still a prominent depiction of Latinas in primetime and Hollywood, but we know that not ALL Latinas love to dress sexy. Contrary to popular belief, we aren’t born with a tight mini-dress and heels.


Latinas are loud. Okay, just like any other human being, doesn’t this depend on the setting? Nope, apparently we have a loud switch that’s just always on. What’s loud and clear is that this stereotype is already played out.


Latinas are jealous. Well in his exact words, “fiercely territorial.” Remind us when we became possessive telenovela caricatures? Sure, it makes for good entertainment, but we don’t all have our jealousy meters set on high. Vergara even challenges him by saying, “Things have changed. Women now work. Women feel like they don’t have to take that s*&t anymore.” Our point exactly!


Latinas love to dance. The transition literally goes from talking about jealousy to hitting the dance floor! Sigh. Vergara says, “You go to a Latin party or birthday and there’s always dancing.” That may be true, but that doesn’t mean we only date partners who know how to salsa.


It’s not that there’s no truth in some of the things Vergara says in the interview – certainly, they at least seem to be true for her. The problem is that pretending this is some sort of blueprint for how all Latinas are, and how American men can exploit that knowledge to get the Sofia Vergara of their dreams, is both ridiculous and offensive.


Latinas have worked hard over the years to be more than the sexpot and the maid. It’s sad, then, that Cal Fussman seems insistent on perpetuating those stereotypes.

Sofia Vergara For Esquire Magazine. Photo Credit: James White


Sofia Vergara For Esquire Magazine. Photo Credit:James White