If you have not had the chance to watch the CW’s Jane the Virigin, you are missing out! The show offers a hysterical take on telenovelas (e.g. soap operas) while offering a refreshing blend of romance, whit, drama, and suspense. Jane the Virgin’s leading lady Gina Rodriguez is proving she is a force to be retconned with. Fans cannot get enough of Rodriguez and here is why:
She makes time for her fans. I can personally testify to this as Gina has replied to several of my tweets and has even likes photos on my Instagram (and yes, I was fan girling every time she did so). She makes her fans feel appreciated and special through her words of encouragement and gratitude. It sure is great to have someone like Gina is continues to be a positive role model to myself and all women worldwide!
Because I refuse to let hate win. I refuse to allow that demon to enter and dictate my actions. Spread love. Always. https://t.co/0EmLUzSD2N
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) June 12, 2016
She is passionate about her heritage. It is so refreshing to see a Latina actor grace Hollywood, especially one that is well grounded. Her #movementmonday encourages Hollywood to move towards a generation of diversity. In addition, she has made it her mission to turn down hispanic stereotypes. She began by turning down a high-profile TV role as a housekeeper because she felt it reinforced old clichés. As a fellow latina, it is so nice to see a celebrity who is staying grounded to her Puertican roots. Indeed, Gina is showing the world that we are not defined by anything if we want to be successful in life.
#MovementMondays Elena of Avalor, the first Latina Disney Princess. I have so many incredible friends who have been a part of this project and together we can make sure it has a long lasting life on screen! Here are some of the amazing actors involved @aimeecarrero @jennaortega @iamjorgediaz @jaimecamil @ivonnecollofficial and many more! Very excited for this project! And feeling really blessed the Latino community has a princess for our little ladies all over the globe! (A fierce, strong and intelligent princess 😉– I am not the voice of the princess I am just supporting the project, for those that are misunderstood! The beautiful voice is @aimeecarrero)
She gives back. Literally. Gina was breaking the internet last month because of her goodwill towards a high school student who asked if she could borrow Gina’s gown to prom. Gina graciously loan the teen her dress and even sent a personal message to her with words of encouragement while advising her to have a great time. Her willingness to give back to the world does not end there. She is also using her fame by educating women through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Gina sure is an inspiration to us all to do our part in giving back to our communities.
— Robert Kirkham (@RobertKirkhamBN) May 26, 2016
She is not superficial. Gina made a bold move last month by also making the decision to shave off some of her hair. I can honestly say that I would not be able to make such a hasty decision without feeling insanely regretful. Gina’s reason behind her new hair cut was in fact for a new movie role she has taken up. Nonetheless, she has a lot more to say about her new look: “I cut my hair for a film and there is nothing more freeing then realizing your beauty exists from within,” Gina explains on Instagram “I am not my hair. I am not my weight. I am not my skin color. I am love, I want to be love with every interaction, with every decision I make for myself, with every failure and success.”
I cut my hair for a film and there is nothing more freeing then realizing your beauty exists from within. I am not my hair. I am not my weight. I am not my skin color. I am love, I want to be love with every interaction, with every decision I make for myself, with every failure and success. You should try it. I dare you. Let go of what you think would make you more beautiful and discover you have all you need already inside. 📸 @mattdoylephoto
She is a girl boss. As if she was not busy as it is, Gina made the decision to be a co-founder of a lingerie company last year called Naja Lingerie. This company gives jobs to women in Columbia who are single and raising families. Naja is creating jobs that are also proving great ethical standards. Refiney 29 explains that more than half of Naja pieces include synthetics (like nylon) that have been fabricated from recycled plastic bottles. “When we make new nylon or new polyester, we are making more synthetic fabrics that will ultimately turn into unused waste when people tire of the clothing,” Girald said in a release. “But by using recycled plastic bottles we are taking existing waste and repurposing it; it’s so much better for the world.” The brand uses digital printing as another environmentally-friendly measure. Underwear that is helping empower women and is environmentally responsible? You have my business for life Naja!
Stay fierce, Gina! xoxo.