Get To Know Krislian Rodriguez, The Los Angeles Native Who Was Just Eliminated From ‘America’s Next Top Model’

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After 13 years and 23 seasons of “America’s Next Top Model,” a Mexican-American finally appeared on the long-running reality show.

There have been a handful of Latinas who represented our beautiful cultures on “America’s Next Top Model.”

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Yoanna House, who is Mexican-Canadian, won cycle two; Jaslene Gonzalez, who is Puerto Rican, won cycle eight; and Felicia “Fo” Porter, who is half-Mexican and half-Black, was fifth runner-up in cycle 12.

But 26-year-old Krislian Rodriguez, is the first Mexican-American model to ever be on this show.

Standing at 5’6″, this beautiful talent also represented for petite models, who are hardly ever seen on the show. While it might’ve been daunting to be the first Chicana featured on “ANTM”, Rodriguez is proud of this huge accomplishment.

She said she’s very honored to represent the Mexican-American community.

In this Instagram post, Rodriguez said she takes great pride in her Latino heritage and that she’s excited to “share her struggles and success as a Latina model.”

But she didn’t have the typical model upbringing. Rodriguez was faced with dozens of obstacles during her childhood.

Rodriguez on the left with her siblings. Krislian Rodriguez/Facebook
CREDIT: Rodriguez on the left with her siblings.

“Growing up, I was raised by my single mother who migrated to the states when she was only 18 years old,” Rodriguez writes on Instagram. “From the time I started Kindergarten to graduating high school I had gone to 15 different schools in two different states.”

So Rodriguez turned to dance as her escape.

She says that was a way to make friends in all the diverse neighborhoods that she lived in.

Dance was such a big part of her life that it turned into her career, leading to features in music videos like Calvin Harris’s 2014 hit song “Summer.”

As well as the 2015 single “Five More Hours” with Chris Brown and Deorro.

But it was always her dream to be on “ANTM”.

On the first episode, Rodriguez revealed that she’s been watching the show since she was a teenager. And you can definitely tell — she’s got that fierce look.

She proudly walked into the season as the only Latina with her own business. Rodriguez always credits her mother’s strength for giving her the initiative to start her own swimwear line. 

“I learned strength, perseverance, and determination from my mother,” Rodriguez writes on Instagram. “My mother barely spoke English when she moved to the states from Mexico. All on her own she raised me and my two brothers, and started her own business. All while being an immigrant and single mother. She taught me to never become victim of your circumstances and always always create opportunities for yourself and be your own boss. Now here I am on ‘America’s Next Top,’ the only Latina and with my own business.”

And she says the show helped her put her attitude in check.

On episode two, the judges criticized her for making excuses when they disapproved of her photographs. “Looks like I’m causing controversy already,” Rodriguez said on Instagram. “But just wanted to thank those of you for your kind words and support! I’ll admit I’m not perfect. But that’s part of this journey and this competition. To learn, to grow, and to evolve.”

There was at least one judge who said Rodriguez was just a “pretty face, but not a model.”

What a legend @ellenvonunwerth. Thank you so much for this Moment ❤ #krislianantm

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We can’t say we agree.

But as she progressed in the season, judges finally started to see a different side of Rodriguez.

While Rodriguez is constantly criticized for being too sexy on the show (we didn’t know that was a bad thing), she went from being at the bottom two to getting the best image of all contestants.

Buenos Días ? @jonlorentz #krislianantm #krislianrodriguez #antm

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…Until she was eliminated this week. ?

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But don’t feel bad for her. She’s walking away with her head high and a check next to her bucket list.

That’s right!

 Check out her exit interview here:

READ: Expectations Guys Have of Their Latina GFs

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After Mounting Pressure From Activists And Politicians, President Obama Finally Granted Clemency To Oscar López Rivera


After Mounting Pressure From Activists And Politicians, President Obama Finally Granted Clemency To Oscar López Rivera


It took the efforts of serious political heavyweights and more than 100,000 petition signers, but Oscar López Rivera finally had his 70-year sentence commuted by President Obama. According to the Department of Justice, López Rivera was convicted of “seditious conspiracy” against the U.S. and has remained in prison since August 11, 1981. As UPI reported at that time, López Rivera, who has a Bronze Star for serving in Vietnam, declared himself a political prisoner. Many of the charges levied against López Rivera stemmed from his participation with Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), which fought for Puerto Rico’s independence, according to TeleSur.

Oscar López Rivera’s imprisonment has drawn criticism over the years. Last year, Congressman Luis V. Guttierez (D-IL) took the floor of the House to ask President Obama to pardon López Rivera.

Bernie Sanders also made repeated calls to the president to get the word out about López Rivera. This past May, the Washington Post noted, Rep. Sanders tweeted: “Oscar López Rivera has served 34 years in prison for his commitment to Puerto Rico’s independence. I say to President Obama: let him out.”

López Rivera will be released from prison on May 17.

READ: People Are Pleading Obama To Pardon Oscar Lopez Rivera After 35 Years In Prison

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