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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a festival happening this weekend will allow Latina entrepreneurs to connect, grow and feel celebrated.

Monica Mohammadi is a business owner living one of her dreams; she poured her passion and creativity into event planning.

"It was my passion of mine that I've always had creating really beautiful decor, balloons, backdrops, just kind of really making people feel happy," said Mohammadi.

A daughter of immigrant parents from Colombia and Iran, Mohammadi credits LATINAfest as a place that helped her grow the first year she started Balloons and Blooms.

"They definitely opened a lot of doors for me, they really taught me how to be confident, you know, especially with me having a booth there meeting people, just the connections that I have with these women too," said Mohammadi.

LATINAfest is an annual gathering of entrepreneurs founded by two L.A. natives who combined their experience in journalism and media... Naibe Reynoso and Bel Hernandez.

"The festival is about empowerment. It's about passion. It's about networking, and it's about Latinos helping Latinas," said Hernandez.

"To connect with other Latinas to honor our culture to buy things that are culturally relevant to us to discover Latina owned brands," said Reynoso.

The duo tapes their talk show "the trend talk" at LATINAfest... and will also offer some resources for those getting started. For Mohammadi, it was also an opportunity to connect with her Latina roots

"I don't really speak much Spanish, but being around people that helped me, you know, get out of my comfort zone and to speak Spanish helps me even speak Spanish better," said Mohammadi. "It was very empowering meeting other female business owners. It was pretty amazing because it was people from, my you know, my background, my culture."

"It's very satisfying to know that we're creating something where Latinas can feel celebrated," said Hernandez. "Where we're not victims, we're not being portrayed, as you know, as in a stereotypical way, it's a place where you can feel you belong or you're celebrated."

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She’s stronger than yesterday.

Britney Spears gleamed with excitement on Instagram Thursday over the fact that she has “finally” shed a few pounds.

“Well … for the love of God I finally see some definition in my abs ???? !!!!” she captioned a video of her showcasing her signature dance moves. “It’s nice to finally see some results !!!!”

The “Stronger” singer, 39, also shared a fun fact about the song she was dancing to — “Glycerine” by Bush, which she said was her “favorite song in high school.”

She then shared a story about how she once went swimming with Bush’s lead singer, Gavin Rossdale, in his pool.

In June, Spears vowed to make her “mental and physical health” more of a priority.

“Mental and physical health comes before anything at this point !!!” the pop star wrote in an Instagram Story at the time, just days after she pleaded in court to end her “abusive” conservatorship.

Spears has shared in the past that she enjoys working out with her now-fiancé, Sam Asghari.

In May 2020, Asghari, who is certified as a personal trainer, exclusively shared with Page Six some of the workouts the pair frequently did together during quarantine.

The Routine: 4 sets of 15 reps each

  • Mountain climbers on a bosu ball
  • Front raises with light dumbbells
  • Lateral raises
  • Planks to push-ups
  • Shoulder taps from push-up positions
  • Bosu ball push-ups
  • Squat jumps
  • Jumping jacks

Spears also said that month on social media that she was “grateful to have @samasghari to stay in shape with ???? !!!!!”

“So proud of him having a fitness program to keep people in shape while they stay home ???????????? couples that workout together stay together,” she added.

Britney Spears and Sam Asghari working out together.Instagram

In recent months, the “My Prerogative” singer has grown increasingly confident in her physique, even posting pictures of herself on Instagram completely nude.

“Playing in the Pacific never hurt anybody ???????????? !!!!” Spears captioned a series of photos of her posing naked by a bathtub from a tropical vacation.

Fans have remarked on social media that the pop star is finally taking back control over her image after years of being restricted by a conservatorship.

In August, Spears herself expressed why she was posting topless pics.

She explained that being naked makes her feel “lighter” after living with the “weight of the world” on her shoulders, adding, “I mean I don’t want anybody to see the big dimple on my ass but I feel like performing made me too self conscious about my body and that’s not attractive.”

A hearing to address the termination of the conservatorship is scheduled for Nov. 12. 

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