Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva slayed the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after winning two silver medals for the U.S. He then won more people over at the Gymnastics Gala, when he dropped a sensual dance on top of the parallel bars. But the reasons that people are falling for este cubano just keep adding up…
People are now melting for Leyva after coming out as a self-proclaimed “100 percent” feminist.
“I don’t care,” he said to the HuffPost. “People hear that word and they’re like ‘Oh, you want women to be better.’ No. You’re wrong. We want people to be equal,” he added of people who “shy away from that word.”
Leyva, whose mother was also a gymnast in Cuba, realized it was common sense to be a feminist after being surrounded by powerful women his whole life. “My mom was the one who got me and my sister out of Cuba, by herself. My sister was 12 and I was a year and a half,” he explained to the Huffington Post.
“We went to Peru, and we weren’t even supposed to stay in Peru for long. But we ended up staying for six months, so my mom obviously had to go out and look for work, so we could survive. And my sister, being 12-years-old, was the one taking care of me,” he added.
In fact, the 24-year-old Olympic medalist noticed he was a feminist when he realized that many people didn’t have the same mentality. “I was like ‘what are you talking about? Everybody is the same,’” he said.
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Leyva, who admitted in the interview that machistas suck, believes that men should embrace the term and mentality of a feminist, adding that they should “try and help other male Latinos be on that same page.”
In addition to being an Olympic medalist and self-proclaimed feminist, Leyva revealed that his next career move would be to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.
“I understand it’s gonna take an immense amount of work, but I’m ready for it,” he said to the Huffington Post. “I want it just as bad as I wanted these medals.”
Check out the rest of Danell Leyva’s interview with HuffPost, here.
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