We love graduation season. It gives us a chance to applaud the next generation of high school and college graduates, and also be amazed at how they honor their family and Latino heritage. There is nothing better than giving your own culture a chance to shine on such a special day. That’s exactly what Samantha Sheppard did with a beautiful and culturally relevant graduation photo shoot.
Samantha Sheppard, 21, is the first to graduate from college in her family and celebrated by having a gorgeous photoshoot.
“First one in my family with a degree,” she tweeted on April 20. “Finally telling my parents that everything they did is paying off…had to show out for the first gens for my grad shoot. 100% Panameña, living the American dream.”
Her tweet went viral and has been liked almost 40,000 times.
“I love the fact that my culture is being spread everywhere because we deserve it!! as a biracial female at a PWI, it means sooooo much,” she tweeted.
PWI is an acronym for predominately white institution.
Sheppard said she was happy her tweet went viral so people could learn more about Panamanian culture.
“Holy sh*t this sh*t really went f*cking viral… like whatttttt. not too many people know about Panamanian culture or how hard we really work so out of all the things that could’ve gotten this big, I’m glad it’s this.”
Here’s more about Sheppard, her family, and how she helps them any way she can.
Sheppard graduated with a degree in psychology and philosophy. She said that she is also currently working at a center for autism and related disorders.
“I have a very knowledgeable background in behavioral therapy and ABA and I’ve done extensive cognitive and neuropsych and neuroscience research with two profs at LSU,” Samantha tweeted.
People on social media were so moved by her incredible photoshoot.
Her dress was definitely a showstopper. Her headdress is worth another photoshoot on its own.
Panama is getting so much love, thanks to Sheppard’s tweet.
We wonder if her family back home found out about her viral tweet. It must be a really nice feeling to know that you are helping people learn about your culture and your people.
Her parents must be beyond proud of their daughter.
We can’t wait to see what is next for this inspiring young woman.
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The vanilla-colored, sequence-covered concha ears made their debut on Disney blog WDW News Today.
As seen on the blog’s Instagram account, the vanilla conchas are backed with the same gold, shimmery fabric that lines the headband.
A super cute multi-colored, sequined bow adorns the top of the diadema.
It’s the perfect combo to go with the Mexican sweet bread ears.
Needless to say, concha-inspired Minnie Ears is something that has long been on the wishlist of many Latino Disney fanatics and some fans are EC-STAT-IC!
Even if it means taking a second trip to Disney World, people are determined to get their hands on this pan caliente.
People are tagging their Disney buddies and coordinating their next trip to make sure they don’t miss out on the limited edition ears.
Because who doesn’t need these?!
However, most fans are pleading Disney goers to refrain from purchasing concha ears from Disney.
Latino Twitter is calling out that Disney stole the idea from independent vendors who have been selling concha ears for years.
In fact, Instagram user @lizzyzbowtique has had customizable concha ears with a similar bow in the middle since 2016.
No one is saying she invented this, but Disney, it’s been done.
Latino Instagram is also going HAM tagging their favorite concha Etsy vendors.
Kimmy’s Bowtique, known for creating a large variation of concha ears, is among those mentioned. Other Instagram users mention Zumi’s Instasale and May Day Couture, using the hashtag #supportlocalbusiness.
Even small business owners are jumping in to defend their work.
And their fans are jumping in to show they have their back.
Some want the Latino hustle to be a little more appreciated.
User @088omet is trying to issue a wakeup call!
If you’re in the market for some Latino-created concha Minnie Ears, you can get yours from Crystallicious’ Etsy Shop.
Or you can cop rose gold concha ears from LittleBigKk’s store.
Because rose gold is all the rage these days.
Concha Crew has your back if you prefer something a little more goth.
Tip: This vendor has an array of color combos to choose from.
If you want to go the super Mexi route, Jamie’s Magical Ears has Lotería Concha Ears.
It doesn’t get more Mexican than that.
And if you’re looking for ears that are Lotería covered, you can check back in with Crystallicous.
And the sparkly red bow goes perfect with the multi-colored print!
And if a concha ear hat is more your thing, Gluestick Diva might be your go-to.
Oh and this comes in vanilla as well.
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