For our “2017 Women of the Year” series, we’ve been celebrating the accomplishments of some of our favorite women and damn did Gina Rodriguez have a great year!
Not only has her career completely exploded, but Gina has continued to use her fame and platform as an advocate for Latinas. She’s also recently discussed her thyroid condition and her anxiety and how she became a #recoverywarrior.
Below, check out some of the awesome things that Gina has done over the last year.
Jane the Virgin Success
Gina has proven herself an amazing actress and talent as Jane Villanueva in Jane the Virgin and this year was no different. And the show itself has also gone to new heights, taking on important issues like undocumented immigrants, grief, and more.
This year, celebs got real on their health struggles, and for Gina, that meant a thyroid condition and anxiety. She recently said,
“It was difficult for me to stay in the comfortable zone of my weight. I was very tired. My fatigue was through the roof. When everyone else was cold, I was sweating bullets.”
Her struggle with Hashimoto’s disease led to other issues, including a lack of body confidence and anxiety. But it’s Gina’s ability to keep going that has inspired her fans.
Activism in the Latina Community
Gina has taken on a number of issues including equal pay, sex positivity, and sexism. But perhaps her most important work has been for her fellow Latinas.
After last years’ #OscarsSoWhite showed how little WOC were getting recognized, Gina decided to take matters into her own hands. She started #MovementMondays to highlight awesome Latinas and ha continued to gain steam.
Offline, she’s been working to break the cycle of poverty in Latino communities. In her ad campaign with Clinique, she explained,
“My life’s purpose is to free someone from those invisible shackles because they are invisible, they are an illusion.”
She’s also continued to encourage Latinas to speak up and refuse to see movies where they don’t see themselves represented.
Bigger and Better Projects
Gina has officially made the leap to the big screen with roles in Deepwater Horizon and Annihilation, due out next year. She’s also started creating her own projects by producing a feminist show for the CW called Femme as well as two immigrant-centered shows, one which will air on CBS. Oh, and did I mention she’s going to be the voice of Carmen Sandiego for the Netflix reboot?
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.