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Gina Rodriguez Shared A ’10 Second Portrait’ Video About Her Struggles With Anxiety

In a recent Instagram post, “Jane The Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez opened up about her struggles with anxiety and self acceptance in the face of feeling uncomfortable in her skin.

Gina Rodriguez shared a video from a project aimed at revealing our true selves through extended 10-second portrait style videos.

Hi Gina! @hereisgina #TenSecondPortraits

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To the untrained eye, this is just a regular video of a famous person, smiling for the camera. She reposted the video on her own Instagram account and it’s here, in her long caption, that her message becomes clear:

“My beautiful friend @antonsoggiu came to visit from Norway and he included me in his magical art. TEN SECOND PORTRAITS. It’s always great to be in front of his lens but this time it was just me. Bare and exposed in the streets of la. No makeup. No styling. Just me. I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”

In the short clip, where she stares into the camera, trying to smile, wearing no make up, on the street, in a cap — she looks pretty normal. But if you look a little deeper and keep an open mind, you see her bite her lip and struggle to keep the same face for more than a few seconds at a time. She appears to go through a million emotions in the span of 10 seconds, and there’s a sense of discomfort at certain points — that’s the anxiety seeping in.

For some, those feelings can be so intense that they become crippling. For many, like Rodriguez, that’s just a part of their every day lives. More often than not though, it’s not something most Latinos get to learn about themselves or talk about with their families. Sometimes, we just bottle that stuff up, put it away, and get to work, never dealing with it. Many of us don’t even have the healthcare to deal with it even if we wanted to.

Just imagine explaining anxiety to your immigrant abuela. She might just look at you funny. At most, abuela may give you a hug, serve you some asopado, and then ask if you’ve done your chores. All of that may feel wonderful, but it’s not really addressing the issue and that’s just the reality for a lot of us.

The Instagram account has several of these 10-second portraits. Some subjects are smiling…

Hei Jasper! @helloimjasper #TenSecondPortraits

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… While others show even more discomfort than Rodriguez did in her portrait.

Hei Trond! #TenSecondPortraits

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It’s a reminder, from Rodriguez, that anxiety is something we as Latinos should talk about and is more common than we may think.

You can check out the rest of the project here: #TenSecondPortraits

READ: They May Have To Take The V-Word Out Of Gina Rodriguez’s Show Now That Jane’s Been Getting Busy This Season

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#ImmigrantHeritageMonth Proves That We Are Truly United Because We Love This Country

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#ImmigrantHeritageMonth Proves That We Are Truly United Because We Love This Country

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Immigrant Heritage Month has only been commemorated for the past three years, but in these tense political times, it’s crucial that we recognize all immigrants and celebrate our cultures.

Here are some incredible stories that we’ve seen on social media. But first, let us blow your mind with some insane statistics about the beautiful people that make up this country.

According to the 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS), immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 84.3 million people, or 27 percent of the overall U.S. population.

In 2015, 11.1 million immigrants age 25 or older had a college degree or higher.

Migration Information Source states that the number of immigrants with higher education has grown at more than twice the rate of the same population among the U.S. born.

Library of Congress data says that as many as 4.5 million Irish arrived in the United States between 1820 and 1930.

According to a 2015 Census report, 32.7 million or 10.2% of the U.S. population are Irish descendants. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself (4.6 million).

Pew Research reports that 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012.

Pew also states that Mexicans are by far “the largest Hispanic-origin population in the U.S., accounting for nearly two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2012.”

Between 1933 and 1945, 200,000 Jewish reguees arrived to the U.S.

Pew Research reports that between the 1950s and 1960s, roughly 3% to 4% of American adults said their religion was Jewish. That number today has grown considerably.

In 2012, there were 10 million Latinos and 11.6 million non-Hispanic whites living in Texas.

That’s 38.2% and 44.4%, of the state’s 26.1 million residents! Including the most famous Texan ever… Selena, of course!

According to the Center for American Progress, as of 2016, 741,546 undocumented young people benefited from an education because they were beneficiaries of DACA.

The Center for American Progress states that 95% of survey respondents are currently employed or enrolled in school.

Between 1870 and 1900, more than 2 million Germans immigrated to the U.S.

But nowadays — even though they are responsible for Christmas trees, Easter bunnies, hot dogs and many other aspects of American culture — their presence is hardly noticed.

In 2016, 752,800 people became naturalized citizens.

As you can see, there are so many immigrants that came to the U.S. in different ways, and they all have their own unique story that contributed to the fabric of our country. But the most beautiful thing is that the country is our home.

READ: John Leguizamo Calls On Latino Celebs To Boycott Texas Because Of New Anti-Immigrant Law

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