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How Celebs Shut Down Being Told They’re ‘Not Latina Enough’

Even the rich and famous get sh*t for not speaking Spanish perfectly, but these ladies slay the haters with their responses. They’re so good, you might want to keep one in your back pocket.

Gina Rodriguez knows you don’t have to speak Spanish to be “Latina enough.”

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“It’s like anybody turning to you and being ‘You ain’t human enough, you ain’t pretty enough, you ain’t tall enough, you ain’t big enough,’” Rodriguez told HuffPo. “What do you mean I’m not enough? No, I am enough. I am fully enough. And you’re enough.”

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Yassss girl!

Rosario Dawson argues that being Latina is more than a language or cooking; it’s about heritage. Duh!

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“I think being Latina is about having pride in your heritage,” Dawson told Latina Magazine. “Although I am not a fluent Spanish speaker and I can’t make every dish without a recipe, I am 100 percent Boricua and I am proud of that.”

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Preach!

READ: Sh*t You Get for Not Speaking Perfect Spanish

We can all learn from America Ferrera who pointed out that it is all about how you are raised.

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“There’s this tug-of-war between two cultures. Am I Latin? Am I American? What the hell am I?” Ferrera told Contact Music. “I love my culture and I’m very proud of my culture. I want to learn so much about where my family is from and my roots and to know Spanish. But when you’ve lived your entire life in American schools, you don’t get that.”

Jennifer Lopez set the record straight when she was filming and promoting Selena.

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“Another controversy came up in the Latin press about the fact that I didn’t speak very good Spanish – which Selena didn’t either,” Lopez told Latina Magazine.

Some people, like Eva Longoria, are discouraged to learn Spanish if they want to fit in.

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“America is the only country that promotes monolingualism,” Longoria told Bustle. “Here it’s English, English, English. Every other country makes their children learn a second language very early on. So as my political and social activism grew, I was like, ‘I really need to learn Spanish.’ So I did.”

READ: This is Why Gina Rodriguez Doesn’t Speak Spanish Well

And a lot of us relate more to Jessica Alba who doesn’t get the big deal if someone doesn’t speak Spanish.

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“No one gives Cameron Diaz a hard time for not speaking Spanish,” Alba told Latina Magazine. “Her dad’s Cuban, and I was telling her I feel so bad because everyone is so nasty to me for not speaking Spanish.”

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And then you know Demi Lovato had to step up and represent all Latinas.

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“Even though I don’t speak fluent Spanish, I love singing in Spanish,” Lovato told HuffPo. “I love being able to represent the curvy sassiness of a Latina woman. It’s just a part of who I am, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent that.”

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America Ferrera Recounts Her First Hollywood Audition Where She Was Asked to Sound “More Latina”

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America Ferrera Recounts Her First Hollywood Audition Where She Was Asked to Sound “More Latina”

The 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, and big-name stars gathered to celebrate and acknowledge groundbreaking television programs. One of the celebrities that made a special appearance was America Ferrera.

In a segment called “This Is What I Sound Like,” Ferrera spoke about her troubling experiences as a young Latina actress just starting off in Hollywood.

Before the segment, “Grown-ish” actress Yara Shahidi introduced the segment, emphasizing the importance of representation onscreen.

“The stories we tell on TV shape how we see ourselves and others,” she said. “And how we are seen can many times determine how we are treated. The dream of television is the freedom to live our full and nuanced lives outside of boxes and assumptions.”

In a pre-recorded segment, Ferrera then described her first audition in Hollywood–an experience that ended up being a formative one.

“I was 16-years-old when I got my very first audition and I was this little brown chubby Valley Girl who spoke, you know, like a Valley Girl,” Ferrera explained. “I walked in, did my audition. The casting director looked at me and was like, ‘That’s great. Can you do that again, but this time, sound ‘more Latina?””

According to Ferrera, she asked the casting director whether she wanted her to do the audition in Spanish. The casting director declined. Ferrera tried to explain the contradiction of the directions, telling the casting director: “I am a Latina and this is what I sound like.” Needless to say, she did not get the part.

When she went home to tell her family the story, they seemed unsurprised by the blatant stereotyping Ferrera was facing. They told her that the entertainment industry will want her to “speak in broken English” and “sound like a chola”.

“What did you think was gonna happen?” her family members asked her. “[Hollywood was] gonna have you starring in the next role made for Julia Roberts?”

According to Ferrera, the realization that Hollywood saw her in a different way than she saw herself made her want to “create more opportunity for little brown girls to fulfill their talent and their dream.”

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Since then, the Honduran-American actress has starred in numerous projects that illustrate the diversity of the Latinx experience in America, from “Real Women Have Curves” to “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” to “Ugly Betty“. Most recently, Ferrera dipped her toe into the producing waters with the bilingual Netflix series “Gentified“.

Although Ferrera is putting in the work for more Latinx representation onscreen, the Television Academy still has a long way to go when it comes to recognizing Latinx talent. Unfortunately, the only Latino person nominated for an Emmy this year was Argentine-Mexican actress Alexis Bledel for her work in “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

Here’s to hoping that Latinos like America Ferrera will continue to make their voices heard, giving inspiration to little brown girls everywhere who want nothing more than to see themselves onscreen.

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Zoe Saldaña, Rosario Dawson & Other Actresses Slay In The ‘Boss B**** Fight Challenge’

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Zoe Saldaña, Rosario Dawson & Other Actresses Slay In The ‘Boss B**** Fight Challenge’

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With production companies putting full stops to some of our most anticipated watches of the season because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we were pretty sure our hankering for some action-packed films would have to be assuaged by rewatches. Fortunately, actress and stuntwoman Zoë Bell had the brilliant idea to create the ultimate combating match!

In a recent short posted to her Instagram, Bell rounded up the top names in Hollywood for an incredible action-packed clip!

Bell’s five-minute-long action short titled “Boss Bitch Fight Challenge” features Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldaña.

The action-packed video features the likes of Zoe Saldaña, Rosario Dawson Halle Berry, Elle Driver, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Julia Butters, and Tamiko Brownlee. All of the celebrities in the film are fortunately taking part in social-distancing practices and features them from their homes.

In the clip, Bill kicks things off from her sofa before exclaiming “I am so bored. I just want to play with my friends.”

One of the bigger delights of the clip included a moment when Cameron Díaz made a return to acting.

Días who made her last film appearance in 2014 after announcing her retirement, surprised us when she joined in the fun and threw a few punches of her own.

“So much fun to participate in @therealzoebell’s #BossBitchFightChallenge. Fun way to fight boredom with some badass babes!” Díaz wrote in an Instagram caption of her post.
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Check out the action-packed video below!

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