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Sesame Street’s New Resident Speaks About Being Latina, Bilingual, And Proud

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For a lot of us, “Sesame Street” was our first teacher and the show introduced us to many kinds of people (and muppets) living all over the world. So we were obviously excited when it was announced that TV’s most famous street was getting a new Latina resident to introduce to kids. Suki Lopez is now speaking out about how her Latina pride will be featured in the show.

Originally from Miami, Cuban-American Suki  grew up among many other Latinos and has always been proud of her heritage, something that seemed to confuse people outside of her hometown. As she told The Miami New Times, “I once had somebody comment to me: ‘It’s funny — you’re so proud to be Latina. I’ve never met somebody who’s so proud.'” Her reaction is one that many of have: “Why wouldn’t I be?” She hopes pride comes through in her character,  a bilingual college student named Nina. You can get a peek into Nina’s world (including the bike shop where she works) on Suki’s Instagram. Warning: There will be monsters.

Sesame Street’s other notable Latino residents have included the Delgado family (Luis, Maria, and Gabi), lovable monster Rosita, and – fun fact –Boricua actor Raúl Julía, who played a handyman in the ’70s!

Below, check out Suki talking to “American Latino” about her Cuban background (which includes having lots of café con leche and tostada for breakfast – she’s legit) and what it’s like working on “Sesame Street”:

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READ: How Sesame Street’s Maria Schooled Us on Dreaming Big

Did you watch “Sesame Street” growing up? Who was your favorite character? (Ours is Maria, obviously. Also, Oscar the Grouch.) And remember to click to like us on Facebook!

11 Things That Instantly Remind Us Of Selena

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11 Things That Instantly Remind Us Of Selena

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When you’re a Selena fan, you just see things differently…

Like the flamenco emoji…

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You definitely overuse of it.

Because…

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The emoji hand pose has to have been inspired by her, right?!

And anytime you pass room #512…

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Fingers crossed a hot guy comes out.

Old beat-up cars get you singing…

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?Carcacha, poco a poquito?

And those random doors in the middle of the desert?

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Okay, you’ll probably never come across one, but if you did, you’d SO think of her.

When your heart skips a beat…

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(Sigh) Nothing describes that feeling better than the words “Bidi bidi bom bom.”

Even disco music was brought into your life thanks to Selena.

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Now Donna Summer is on repeat.

The moon, especially when you miss someone.

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*Starts singing lyrics in head*

Love letters!

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And roses. If Selena were a flower, she’d 100% be a rose.

Pizza!

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You KNOW you say these words in your head when you see a fat medium pizza in front of you. She helped you embrace your eating habits. Thank you, queen ??.

And washing machines!

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Obviously you think of this dance move, not that appliance taking up space at home.

And you can’t forget: red lips, liner and big hoops…

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Iconic.

READ: Fashion Crimes That Are Totally Okay IF You’re In Selena’s Band

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