Spanish History Spotlight: Gina Rodriguez

Hello everyone,

Sorry I have been a bit M.I.A. The beginning of fall semester in college has sure got me busy. Can you believe it! It’s already September. This year has gone by incredibly fast. With this in mind, September is Spanish Heritage Month. For all my Latina viewers, this ones for you. This post is about one of my favorite up and coming Latina actresses. Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez. She is such a role model for women of all ages not only Latina but all women as well. Check it out:

It’s not difficult to fall in love with Jane the Virgin’ s lead character Jane played by the beautiful and exceptionally talented Gina Rodriguez. Rodriguez is the Poster Child for positivity and embodies the essence of a strong Latina woman.  Not only does she exude confidence in everything she does, she is a fighter. She struggled with a debilitating health condition for over a decade.  When she was 19 studying acting at  New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she was diagnosed with a thyroid disease called Hashimoto’s disease. Though she had no appetite her weight ballooned and she dealt with extreme fatigue to  the point that she slept for 18 hours a day. “Like, if being brown wasn’t hard enough, here’s another obstacle,” she says of the condition “Then I thought, how much greater is my story? This is going to be a journey of accepting who I am within societal norms of what a lead actress looks like. The second I stopped feeling like I wasn’t enough was the second I realized I was capable of doing anything.”

Gina did not let her condition take over her life. After Jane the Virgin’s first season, she took home a Golden Globe for Best Actress in  a TV comedy. She combated Hollywood Beauty Standards in her speech. “In our society, it’s easier to sell somebody the idea of not being enough versus ‘You are enough.’ It’s like we women consciously decide we’re going to be mean to ourselves,” she observes. “But you’re your own hero, not some image you can’t live up to.  However, she knows exactly how it feels to not feel “enough”.  The Puerto Rican star has had backlash for not being “Latina enough”.  Following a post on Instagram with grammatical errors in Spanish, people called her a gringa. (Slang for foreigner) The starlet now rolls her eyes at the incident. In fact, she took a stand against underrepresentation in media by posting #MovementMondays where she showcases actors and actresses of unrepresented ethnicties.

When it came to her health, after her body stopped responding to the synthetic drugs she was placed on, she took a holistic approach. “I’ve also had to buckle down and stop eating certain things that don’t do well with my body. Now I look at foods I’m allergic to, like strawberries and blueberries, and say, ‘You don’t play well with me, so I have to stop messing with you.'” These small changes have made a major impact. She feels healthier and more energetic.

Rodriguez has now graced the covers of Women’s Health and Health Magazine. She continues to advocate a healthy lifestyle and is a positive role model for Latina women everywhere.

What is your favorite Gina Rodriguez moment? Let us know in the comments below.

Tags: September, Spanish History, Gina Rodriguez, Women’s Health Abisola Adeyemo, Pretty Girls Sweat