Gina Rodriguez: “Not seeing a woman like me as a lead made me feel like I’d never be skinny enough”

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On beauty diversity:

“I want to change the idea of minorities in the media. Or contribute to that movement—I’m not single-handedly doing it. Growing up, I never saw my home life reflected on-screen, and that made me feel a certain way about myself. It’s not only about my ethnicity; it made me feel a certain way about my beauty. Not seeing a woman like me as a lead made me feel like I’d never be skinny enough, I’d never be pretty enough. I want to give young girls, like my niece, the tools to see a billboard and think, That [non-Latina] girl is beautiful, but that’s not the only form of beauty. Jane’s story is about a beautiful, normal girl. We don’t talk about her weight or her looks.”

… says Jane the Virgin star Gina.

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16 thoughts on “Gina Rodriguez: “Not seeing a woman like me as a lead made me feel like I’d never be skinny enough””

  1. From the first episode of Jane the Virgin, I thought Gina was so beautiful, refreshing and true to herself. I think she’s an excellent role model!

  2. Idk this quote sorta confused me. Are there enough minorities in the media? Probably not.

    But is there beauty diversity? For the most part, yes. Yes, the ideal tends to run toward Western European. But are there beautiful “white” girls, as in typical all American/Anglo Saxon looking girls in the media? Yes, Kate upton, Blake lively, Kate Hudson, Marilyn monroe, etc etc. beautiful black girls in the media? rihanna, Beyoncé, Halle berry. Beautiful Hispanic girls? Eva longoria, Sofia vergara. Beautiful fat girls? Rebel Wilson, Adele, Melissa McCartney, plus models. Beautiful skinny girls? Most high fashion models. Racially ambiguous girls? Jess alba, Kim k, etc etc. there’s something for everyone!

    So idk about not everyone being represented, maybe that was true in the past but no longer. As for her, I don’t think she’s beautiful but that’s just my opinion. Haven’t seen the show but it’s naive of her to think she can change the beauty standard all on her own especially when she isn’t quite….pretty.

    • Clearly you didn’t comprehend the essence of the comment. Essentially, she was saying while she ALONE cannot change the perception of Anglo Saxon beauty being the predominantly revered beauty, historically, she is happy that she can be a representative of a different type of beauty. Beauty is completely subject and while you don’t find her pretty, I think she is very naturally beautiful and what she is promoting, further diversity in the media, ie, not only caucasian leading ladies is excellent. As a Latina myself I feel we are not that represented, nor many other minorities for that matter.

      • I agree completely. When a nonwhite woman is depicted as someone worthy and beautiful, it’s a political statement. In America the hot button issues are racial violence from the police and immigration, and so anytime a nonwhite and/or non-American woman is seen as a paragon of beauty there’s a chorus of “those people are taking over.” In the same vein when Kate Upton, Blake Lively, Charlotte McKinney, et. al became famous, they were lauded as “refreshing” and “All-American” for being blonde and white. My point is that society in general loves upholding Anglo-Saxon beauty standards above all others, and even tries to trick audiences into believing that it’s something new and different.

    • I don’t think diversity in the media is a) measured that easily or b) achieved. Of course Beyoncé is black (or creole?), Sofia Vergara is latina and probably even Jessica Alba doesn’t know the full extent of her ethnic backround. But being able to name a few names doesn’t necessarily mean that the said ethnic group is properly represented in the entertainment industry. (Which also comes back to what she’s saying about not single-handedly doing it.)

      For instance: If you think about say six current tv series you’ve watched or ten last movies you saw, how many of them had non-white people playing significant characters? How about non-white leading roles? What if you look only at the heavily marketed blockbusters? Or movies with oscar nominations? (Sadly these questions seem to be still relevant about women in general, too.)

      Of course the representation is better than it used to be when she was a little kid, but since the concept of people actually being equal despite race, gender or sexuality isn’t that old, I wouldn’t count it as a slam dunk. People who’ve lived parts of their lives without full civil rights are still alive. The things one could say ten years ago sound foreign to our ears now. I live in a pretty progressive western democracy and politicians still suggest black men should be sterilized and gay men are pedophiles. I was in school when rape in marriage was criminalized and our current president spoke against it

      So while I do think it’s great that things are progressing, we shouldn’t trust that the world is fine because it’s excels in comparison to complete and utter bulls–t.

      Sorry guys, this turned out to be a pretty unrelated rant. I did try to stop myself though. 😀

      • So while I do think it’s great that things are progressing, we shouldn’t
        trust that the world is fine because it’s excels in comparison to
        complete and utter bulls–t.

        Excellently put.

  3. I don’t watch the show because I don’t like the story, but she’s cute and her body in the first picture looks great, better than of a skinny actress (her skin is so smooth and shiny she’s definitely been photoshopped, but I don’t know if her shape was also altered).

    I also like her quote.

    We all know that capitalism highly favors a white male. I feel slightly discriminated against as a blonde European woman (slavic, and the wage gap between genders in our country is the smallest in EU), and I can only imagine how other races, genders, cultures have it.

  4. Blah blah blah woe is me. She is thin and descent looking or she wouldn’t be on TV. Sorry, I have no pity for these stupid celebs who complain about trivial things like feeling insecure and fat, etc. Her show is unwatchable btw.

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