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Gina Rodriguez emerged as a rising star mostly due to her infamous role as Jane Villanueva in the CW comedy series Jane the Virgin. Earning her  first Golden Globe win for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015. Her inspiring acceptance speech won the hearts of many watching that night, especially  when recognizing the unconditional support of her family, mostly focusing on her father Genareo Rodriguez.  Admired by many, it is not just her talent and charisma that draws people's interest in her, but her unapologetic identity.  She is a person that embraces her Latina identity, and is outspoken in creating space for what it means to be Latina today.She is also passionate in advocating on issues that are directly affecting  the Latino Community. She is a role model for many  girls and women.  Rightfully so,  with so much  talent, and being someone whom genuinely cares for others.  She is a person that many are proud to have to represent our community as well as making a difference to those in need. 

Gina Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest daughter of  Puerto Rican parents Genareo and Magali Rodriguez. At the age of seven she was enrolled in St Ignatius Prep School, and at  16 she was among the elite accepted to Colombia University Theatrical Collaboration. She then attended  NYU Tich School of the Arts and graduated with her Bachelors of the Fine Arts. She earned many roles including the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful earning her first Imagen Award nomination, then a role in the film Filly Brown, won her the Imagen Award.

Gina Rodriguez is also involved in multiple charities and humanitarian organizations. Most notably are the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, where she was appointed as one of the directors, The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights, and a partner of Naja, a lingerie brand who's mission is to advocate for single parents and the environment. 

Rodriguez represents who the modern Latina is, and what she strives for. She is confident, proud and a strong person who is not afraid to dream big, embraces her own unique Latina identity, and helps others in the community. She is creating and representing a diverse idea of what it means to be Latina. She is breaking the mold of the stereotype and trope seen on the screen and opening a pathway to diversity and acceptance of our community.  She is simply an incredible inspiration.

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