Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate all the contributions and influence the Hispanic community has in the United States. We celebrate the rich American Latino culture through different events such as festivals, community events, conferences, and more.
And with Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing, a common question that arises is the difference between Hispanics and Latinos. Some may worry about using the wrong term to address a group of people and want to ensure they are using the correct term.
This is the condition that people in North, Central, and South America find themselves in, including many Caribbean nations as well. The terms that are usually used to refer to people in these regions or with cultural ties to their people are either “Latino” or “Hispanic.”
The difference between these two terms can be confusing without some historical perspective and even with some perspective, their intended meaning can vary. “Latino” usually refers to anyone sharing heritage with Latin American countries, meaning South and Central America and some Caribbean nations. “Hispanic” was a term popularized in the 1970s to differentiate people with Spanish heritage from any of Spain’s colonies in Latin America. Due to this, the term “Hispanic” is a decent catch-all term for most of the cultures in Central and South America and it is those cultures that we celebrate during this month.
With the vocabulary and history lesson over, it’s time to turn our attention to the people of Colombia! This Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity to highlight the culture of the people who manufacture fajas Colombianas, the gold standard of body-shaping and compression clothing.
The Colombian spirit, or “rumbero spirit,” is a point of pride for those who call Colombia home or share Colombian ancestry. More than many other cultures, the Colombian people share a joy and energy of life that is recognized as a Latin cultural trait. Colombian culture is richly diverse, sharing elements from indigenous peoples of Colombia, freed African slaves from the Spanish slave trade, and Spanish immigrants. Over 80% of the population shares Hispanic ancestry while around 10% share African ancestry.
Colombians take pride in their long-standing democracy and independence while enjoying the elements of culture that were instilled in them by the Spanish. With a strong Roman Catholic influence, Colombians are more conservative than other Latin people groups and have a strong sense of personal pride and honor, valuing manners and dignity. Being family-oriented, family achievements are a great source of personal pride.
With Colombia being one of the most popular countries for plastic surgery, it is no surprise that they manufacture some of the best shapewear on the market. And over time, they have perfected the post-surgery fajas to protect and shape hourglass curves. For decades, Colombian fajas have been a popular choice for post-op supportive wear and body-shaping, compression clothing.
Fajas Colombianas are the culmination of hundreds of years of fashion history. Combining the best features of many different designs of shapewear from numerous cultures with modern materials has resulted in a product specifically designed for beauty and confidence. Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and tap into that Colombian spirit by accentuating your natural curves!