She was often told she wasn’t “Mexican” enough.

Jackie Cruz may be a huge star from her Orange is the New Black days, but the truth it, it wasn’t so easy for her to get to where she is now.

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She recently spoke with Fusion about how her culture prevented her from getting a job in Hollywood:

“I had curly hair, I had darker skin than now—because, you know, I was tanning all the time—I had Keratin before Keratin, and I just wasn’t getting any parts because I wasn’t ‘Mexican enough’ and I’m like, well, I’m Dominican, and there’s all types of Latinos.”

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Unfortunately, we can’t say we’re shocked, but it still despicable to hear. We’re so glad OITNB has created a place for a such a diverse cast to exist and hope that other shows will see their success and quickly follow suit.

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.

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