Laurie Hernandez has been killing it on “Dancing with the Stars” week after week and it finally paid off. This week, she and her partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, earned the first perfect score for this season. The duo, who are favored to win it all, rocked out to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and it was EVERYTHING. Here is how they wowed the judges, and the crowd, to earn the title of first perfect score for season 23.
Their lifts were on point!
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Meanwhile, we can barely get out bed without falling over.
There were also some expert leaps of faith.
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And despite her partner’s experience as a dancer, Hernandez totally stole the show.
In 2016, a group of five young athletes went to the Summer Olympics in Rio Janerio with big dreams. There, the Olympians competed to be named the best in the world in their individual and group categories. Nicknamed the “Fab Five,” the women went on to earn silver and gold medals at the international games; proving that the gymnasts were the best of the best.
That same year, Laurie Hernandez — a member of the five — also earned gold on the TV dancing show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The athlete then focused her attention on the literary world. In 2017, she published her New York Times bestselling memoir, “I Got This,” and, in 2018, released her children’s picture book, “She’s Got This.” Hernandez even has a new hosting gig on “American Ninja Warrior” to keep her busy.
It seems that with every challenge she takes on, she succeeds.
Now the gymnast has her eyes set on 2020 and her next shot at Olympic greatness.
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Recently, Hernandez sat down with REFINERY 29 and shared her thoughts on power. Specifically, the Olympian explained what makes her feel powerful and what she does in those occasional times when she’s left feeling a little bit powerless.
Unsurprisingly, the athlete explained that she feels most powerful when moving and active. She discussed her workouts, saying:
“Sometimes it’s just gymnastics, but sometimes it’s doing other things, too — like cycling. But just testing how my body works makes me feel most powerful.”
Hernandez went on to elaborate that — to her — power isn’t just about physical strength. The Latina believes that power also lies in having a strong spirit and mind. She added:
“Gymnastics can be more mental than physical sometimes. So throughout training, going through different tests — whether that’s competing with a lot of people or just with yourself can build your mental strength. So, just learning how to calm myself down; I think that’s pretty powerful.”
The Olympic medalist admitted that it’s her relationship with her parents that brings her back when she’s feeling less than powerful.
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Hernandez explained that even though she and her family are living on two separate coasts, her mom and dad are still the people she goes to when she needs a pep talk. She admitted:
“The first thing I do is reach out to my family and close friends. Sometimes I feel like they know me better than I know myself. Especially my mom and dad; they’ve been supporting me since day one. I feel like they have all the answers. Right now I’m training in California and my family is in New Jersey, so there’s a lot of FaceTime going on.”
Not only do her parents help her when she’s feeling powerless, but they are also her role models when it comes to strength.
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The Latinidad is very family-oriented so we can relate to this. Hernandez doesn’t just look to her parents to revitalize her when she feels powerless. She also considers them her examples when the athlete thinks about what power looks like. After asking if she could pick her mom and dad as her power icons in the interview, Hernandez continued:
“My icons are my parents. After having to raise three kids, they’ve gone through a lot of different struggles. My siblings and I have been able to do so much in our lives because we had a really good foundation. There’s only so much your parents can give you, and yet it feels like our parents really gave us the world.”
She went on to explain that the example that her parents provided her and her siblings early on setting them up for the rest of their lives.
“I think without that foundation and without the things they taught us when we were little, we wouldn’t be where we are today. They’re so kind to other people, and that’s something that I want to follow their lead on. So, they’re my power icons.”
Hernandez ended the interview by saying that her power anthem is Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Know” and it only seems too fitting because it looks like nothing can stop the Latina athlete from achieving her dreams. We will be rooting for more gold for the gymnast in her return back to competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
If you’re born between May 21st and June 20th, you might have a lot in common with these complex, high-achieving, creative Latinos. Geminis are known to have two personalities, depicted by a pair of twins. One moment, they can be quick-witted, open-minded and sociable and the other, they’re deeply serious, thoughtful and restless. No matter what mood they’re in though they’re known to be creative, artistic and excel in athleticism.
Find your other half from these artistic and inspiring Geminis.
1. Paulina Rubio
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La Chica Dorada, the Queen of Latin Pop, the one, the only, Paulina Rubio was born in Mexico City on June 17, 1971. Fun fact, she once participated in the Spanish adaptation of the musical “Grease” in 1985.
2. Zoe Saldana
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Born on June 19, 1978, our girl, Zoe, is turning 40 this year. Saldana studied ballet, jazz, and Latin dance in the Dominican Republic back in the day, which landed her a spot on “Center Stage” in 2000. She’s been in the spotlight ever since.
3. Laurie Hernandez
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Hernandez is the first Latina American to make Team USA for the Olympics since Tracee Talavera in 1984. Born on June 9, 2000 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Hernandez is a second-generation Puerto Rican, ayy.
4. Juan Luis Guerra
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Can you believe that Juan Luis Guerra is in his 60’s as of this year? We were gifted the joy of música Dominicana on June 7, 1957.
5. Jessie Reyez
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Born on June 13, 1990, the Colombian-Canadian singer is best known for her single “Figures” released in 2016. She sings, speaks, and breathes in Spanglish and is one Latina that should be in your playlist.
6. Carmelo Anthony
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Anthony is a New York star basketball player. He was born in Brooklyn to Afro-Puerto Rican parents. This May 29 baby has become a 10-time All-Star and has competed for Team USA in the Olympics.
7. Adriana Lima
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You might recognize Lima from the Victoria’s Secret runway. The supermodel has been an Angel for a record 16 shows. This Brazilian supermodel was born on June 12, and casually speaks Portuguese, English, Italian and Spanish.
8. Javier “Chicharito” Hernández
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He a striker, this one, y no parece como un “little pea”. He was the first Mexican player to join Manchester United back in 2010 and celebrates his birthday on June 1.
9. Eddie Cibrian
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Cibrian was born to Cuban parents in Burbank, California on June 16, 1973. In Gemini form, he’s explored every creative outlet, landing himself acting gigs on “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Criminal Minds,” and starred in “The Young and the Restless” as Matt Clark.
10. Marco Rubio
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Rubio was born on May 28, 1971 to Cuban immigrants in Miami. He has been a Senator from Florida since 2011. He really made it to mainstream consciousness when he joined the 2016 elections and campaigned against President Trump.
11. Talia Sagginario
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Sagginario is a budding rapper and actress who is Mexican, Venezuelan, Puerto Rican and Italian. If you’re born on May 22, then you share a birthday with her! Fancy that.
12. Melanie Iglesias
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Another Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican, Melanie graced us with her presence on June 18, 1987. Basically since then, she’s been modeling and repping boricuas everywhere.
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Born on May 29, Julan Fernando Fonseca has gone on to bring Colombian rock music to the world. I tip my hat to you, señor.
14. Héctor “El Torito” Acosta
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Acosta was born on May 23, 1987 in the Dominican Republic. He was in the successful “Los Toros Band” before the Gemini in him started pushing him in a solo direction. Listen to his music and try not to dance.
15. Sônia Braga
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If you’re into old school movies, you recognize actress Sônia Maria Campos Braga. Born on June 8, 1950, Braga starred in “Kiss of the Spider Woman”(1985) and “Moon Over Parador”(1988), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
16. Aiyana Lewis
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Born on May 26, 1997, this Mexican-Jamaican Instagram has appeared in ad campaigns for brands like Dior. The model has over 430,000 followers on Instagram and is just getting started.
17. Ana Tijoux
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The French-Chilean pop star, born on June 12, 1977 has a voice to behold. She’s the daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile in France after Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile forced them out. Thank you for keeping the culture alive all over the world, Tijoux.
18. Sergio Agüero
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We’ve got another striker folks. I wonder if it’s a Gemini thing? Either way, Agüero has been team Argentina since June 2, 1988 (the day he was born).
19. Mario Cimarro
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He’s Cuban and we know him as Juan from the telenovela “Los Herederos Del Monte.” He was born June 1, 1971 in Havana.
20. Robert Rodriguez
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Rodriguez has been a game changer in the film industry. He shoots and produces most of his films in Mexico and Texas, prioritizing Mexican actors and crew. He directed “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Sin City,” “Spy Kids,” “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” and has even launched his own cable channel, El Rey.
Geminis, they’re everywhere, changing everything, and the rest of us should be thanking them.
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