Hola! As those of you with a calendar worth a turd know, not only is today Mexican Independence Day, but it also marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. Now you may be asking yourselves: Why begin a heritage month on the 15th? Turns out there are competing stories: one goes that its founders actually planned to start the month on September 1st, and set off from their homes that very morning to get the accreditation completed at the national heritage month office in downtown Phoenix. Only by the time they actually got there—after being pulled over numerous times for having four tires, driving the speed limit, and "lookin', y'know, illegal"—it was already the 15th. The other says that President Reagan was suffering from Alzheimer's and using the Julian calendar when he enacted the month in 1988. We're going with the latter. But regardless of how it came to be, HHM is here, and we couldn't be more ecstatico. We could give you a list of our 50 favorite pupusa fillings or our 50 favorite banda songs or our 50 least favorite Che Guevara t-shirts, but we'll leave those to the experts (although the last sounds right up our alley). Instead, we kick off the fiesta with a list that translates in any language, the 50 Hottest Latinas. Get to clickin', compadre!

Compiled by Danilo Parrales

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