Ted Talks have grown in demand due to their refreshing, informative, and exciting topics and speakers. Whether we’re learning about scientific, cultural, political, and academic matters, it is the speaker that brings these topics to life. We especially like when we hear from extraordinary Latinas including Pia Mancini, an activist and technical project leader from Argentina, Isabel Allende and a Chilean writer who spoke about passion. Last week’s speaker touched on a topic that many Latinas could relate to.
America Ferrera gave a Ted Talk and discussed how representation in the media ultimately brings an “extraordinary richness of humanity.”
On April 19, Ferrera was among several speakers at the Session 12 of TED2019 held in Vancouver, Canada. The actress, activist, and director addressed the audience and spoke about who her identity as a Latina of Honduran descent seemed at first to be her obstacle, but she slowly realized it meant more than that.
“My identity is not an obstacle — it’s my superpower,” she said.
The “Superstore” actress said she had to break through the mold of portraying stereotypical roles.
Ferrera said she didn’t want to play the “Gangbanger’s Girlfriend” or “Pregnant Chola #2” but instead more complicated roles.
“I wanted to play people who existed in the center of their own lives, not cardboard cutouts that stood in the background of someone else’s,” she says, “Who we see thriving in the world teaches us how to see ourselves, how to think about our own value, how to dream about our futures.”
She added, “In spite of what I’d been told my whole life. I saw firsthand that my ‘unrealistic expectations’ to see myself authentically represented in the culture were other people’s expectations too.”
Ferrera said that Hollywood is more inclusive of minorities, but it’s not enough.
Even though her breakthrough role in “Real Women Have Curves” has launched more diverse characters in Hollywood, she says there’s still so much work that needs to be done.
“Change will come when each of us has the courage to question our own fundamental values and beliefs,” Ferrera said, “and see to it that our actions lead to our best intentions.”
We love the picture of Ferrera’s baby watching her speak during the Ted Talk. She captioned the photo by saying, “My baby boy watching me deliver my talk yesterday at #ted2019 – Thank you @ted for inviting me to share my truth and a message I believe in with my whole heart. #TheFutureIsWatching.”
Renata Bresciani may not be a household name just yet, but it’s only a matter of time before this self-proclaimed “multipassionate entrepreneur” takes over the world. Born in Miami, Florida to parents who immigrated from Chili, Renata Bresciani (who goes by “Miss Renata” to fans) was destined to be an artist and an entertainer. As Miss Renata describes it, dancing was her gateway drug into the entertainment industry. Soon enough, Miss Renata was becoming the definition of a multi-hyphenate business woman, dipping her toe in everything from pin up modeling, acting, fashion blogging, and owning a street-wear brand.
As for what drives her to be constantly creative, leaving others in the dust? “I like to say that I have the ‘performance gene’,” she says. We couldn’t agree more. Recently, we were lucky enough to talk to Miss Renata about her personal style, combating harmful Latino stereotypes in the media, and drawing inspiration from Old Hollywood icons.
Mitú (M):How long did it take you to develop your personal style? Were you always interested in the “pin-up” look?
Renata Bresciani (RB): Honestly, my personal style is constantly evolving. I literally dress based on my mood, but I have been very bold with my style since I was in middle school. Pin-up, retro, classic, and Parisian-vibes are everything to me. I have always been intrigued and attracted to everything vintage, so pin-up style was just an extension to that. I am definitely an old soul that was supposed to be an Old Hollywood actress.
M: How did you get into acting and performing? When did you decide to expand your brand into the influencer sphere?
RB: I’ve been performing since I was three years old and was in gymnastics, dance, and modeling since elementary school. I started musical theater in high school, which I absolutely love! Most importantly, the studio I grew up in (MDA Studios) opened up the doors to performing in Sabado Gigante and Univision, which was a childhood dream. That then opened up the doors to dancing in award shows as a back up dancer, music videos, tours and live television shows. I officially decided to tap into the influencer world in September 2017, with the influence of my husband. I was basically already doing it with some brands, but not really taking it seriously. But my decision to do it officially changed the game!
M: Your social media presence and posts are very uplifting and inspirational. How do you stay positive when you’re having a bad day?
RB: We all have bad days and the truth is, I get cranky sometimes. But, I like to sit back and realize how blessed I am and when I do that, gratitude just fills my heart. Honestly if nothing else happens in my life, God has done so much already that all I can do is be grateful and happy. I do believe the best is yet to come and that everything in life is figure-out-able.
M:Out of all the areas you work in (acting, dancing, modeling, entrepreneurship), what’s your favorite and why?
RB: Wow that is definitely hard, but my favorite is acting! Acting taps into such a creative and emotional part of who I am that it fulfills my creative soul. The ability to transform and walk in someone else’s footsteps to then impact the people watching in a way that can bring them laughter, tears, or even anger is incredible! To evoke emotion is an art. Acting is a form of therapy and break-through for an artist like me who has all the feels. My second is modeling. I love transforming and making people feel something from an image.
M: Do you think Latinas are misrepresented in the media? How do you want them to be represented?
RB: Yes, absolutely Latinas/Latinos are misrepresented! We are bold, resilient, intelligent, passionate people! I want the world to see that! I would like to see more Latinas in this space encouraging women through their career.
M: Why do you think people resonate with your content?
RB: I would like to think its because I encourage people to love themselves, love others, to always believe in their dreams, and and to never give up!
M: Who are some people who inspire you and what advice do you have for others who want to become influencers?
RB:Aureta [Thomollari] inspires me so much, aesthetically and emotionally. She is such a vibe and so encouraging to me as a woman and an entrepreneur. Desi Perkins is also an inspiration–she’s a proud Latina and first-generation American like me. She built a name for herself with her art and she also values family, which is everything to me!
M:Where do you see your career going next? What are you the most proud of having accomplished?
RB: I believe the best is yet to come. And I definitely believe you will be seeing a lot more of me on screen! More film, more series, and bigger fashion partnerships.
M: If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?
RB: I would tell my teenage self to be patient! I would tell her that she was called to create. To only focus on things that set her soul on fire, to not care about anyone else’s opinions, and I would tell her that she is enough!
M:Do you consider yourself a role model? Why or why not? What does being a role model mean to you?
RB: I think everyone is a role model to someone whether they want to be or not. To me, being a role model encouraging and empowering people to be confident in who they are. It is positively impacting someone in one way or another.
M:What would you tell fans of yours who are looking to follow in your footsteps as an influencer and entrepreneur?
RB: I would tell them that is takes time, to be patient, to work hard, to stay true to themselves, and to love what you do!
M: What’s next for you? Do you have any projects in the works?
RB: I’m so excited for 2020! There are so many things in the works right now that I can’t really talk about, but lets just say that you will be seeing so much more of me!! 2020 is going to be full of amazing opportunities and breakthroughs!
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If there’s a universal human experience that unites all of humanity, it’s that we’ve all had to deal with rejection at some point or another. It’s impossible to live your life without shooting your shot when the time comes, whatever your shot may be.
But unfortunately, not everyone can be successful 100% of the time. From contests to job opportunities, to romantic endeavors, all of us have been subject to discovering that not everyone thinks we’re as great as we think we are. Rejection, unfortunately, is a necessary part of life.
On Saturday, Twitter user @Eden_Eats asked her followers to share the stories of their “harshest rejection”.
Quickly, @Eden_Eats’s tweet about being epically friend-zoned got almost 4,000 retweets and almost 65,000 likes. All sorts of people responded to her post with stories one-upping each other on the various humiliating ways they’d been rejected. As people continued to share all the ways they’ve been let down, the tweet quickly started trending.
As usual, Twitter users jumped at the chance of publicly roasting themselves.
But, in all honesty, there’s something cathartic in sharing your emotional scars with the public. Misery loves company, right?
What was possibly most surprising about these tweets is all of the creative ways people came up with to tell others they’re not interested. Why couldn’t a simple “no, thanks” suffice?
The stories Twitter users shared ranged from the bad…
Ouch. It’s one thing to be rejected once. It’s an entirely different story to be rejected 14 times.
To the ugly…
The upside to many of these stories is that the posters obviously dodged a bullet by getting out of these relationships. Even if this woman’s fiance didn’t buy a house without telling her, he was obviously not very skilled in the communication department in the first place.
To the downright horrifying.
Unfortunately, the rejections that are the most painful and linger for the longest time are the ones that happen during your childhood. When you’re young, you’re already impressionable. When you add a giant dose of rejection to the mix during your formative years, the experience can stick with you.
Naturally, Latinos of Twitter hopped on the bandwagon to share their harshest stories of rejection.
Sometimes, sharing your painful memories makes you feel less alone. Reading stories about how everyone goes through the same crappy experiences and how so many of them overcame their previous pain is a beacon of light to many people. When you’re rejected, it can be easy to feel like you’re the most unwanted person in the world. The popularity of this topic on Twitter proved that this couldn’t be less true.
This Latino felt rejected after his online love interest ghosted him for being honest about his mental health journey.
Being vulnerable and honest upfront is the best way to weed out the people in your life who don’t belong there.
This Latina was left confused after she acted on what ended up being mixed signals
Haven’t we all been in that situation where we were sure someone liked us and we ended up getting it all wrong? This girl is not alone.
This Latina shared the saga of her boyfriend who left her for another woman with “bigger boobs”
We wish we could feel bad for all of these people, but some of them so obviously dodged a bullet that we’re happy for them.
This Latina’s boyfriend moved her out of his place while she was SLEEPING.
The craziest thing about some of these stories is that the person doing the rejection is often too cowardly to tell the other person to their face.
This girl’s crush rejected her without even having to look at her.
Leave it to a middle school boy to do something like this. This boy joins the long list of men who have chosen a video game over a girl.
Of course, some people have had their harshest rejection experiences from their career paths:
Dedicating your life to creative work is a surefire way to experience more rejection than the average person. But the beauty of rejection is, there’s always something better for you waiting on the other side. Nothing and no one should be in your life if it doesn’t want to be there.
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