More celebrities are beginning to use their fame to spotlight issues of gender and race. Some call themselves feminists and others, likely misunderstanding feminism, run away from the label, but many of them are spewing some pretty mujerista ish in their interviews.
Here are a few of the best quotes about feminism from Latina celebs.
1. Selena Gomez@selenaGomez/instagram
“There’s a certain standard women are held to because...I don’t know. So many women nowadays are so loud about it. We need to cause a bit of uproar, because I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it. It’s absurd,” Selena Gomez said.
2. Bella thorne@bellathorne/Instagram
“One of us can start change, but where change really takes place is when everyone stands up together and says, No more,” Thorne shared in a personal essay.
3. Becky G@beckyg/Instagram
"Self-love is the most important. When you accept and love yourself first, everything else falls into place," the Mexican-American beauty said.
4. Rosario Dawson
“We need more women of color in politics, because, otherwise, we're not represented,” Cuban-Puerto Rican Rosario Dawson told Cosmo for Latinas in the fall of 2014.
5. Jenni Rivera
“It doesn't bother me at all that some people think I am too outspoken," the late mexicana Jenni Rivera once told La Opinión.
6. Joan Smalls
“I hate a damsel in distress. … I like an empowered girl who can kick some ass,” Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls said in an interview with Lucky magazine.
7. Salma Hayek
“You can be a thousand different women. It's your choice which one you want to be. It's about freedom and sovereignty. You celebrate who you are. You say, ‘This is my kingdom,’” said Mexican actress Salma Hayek.
8. Jennifer Lopez
“What you need to know is, nobody can save you or heal you. Only you can do that for you,” Puerto Rican megastar Jennifer Lopez said on The Today Show.
9. Carmen Carrera
“'Shemale' is an incredibly offensive term, and this whole business about if you can tell whether a woman is biological or not is getting kind of old. … We live in a new world where understanding and acceptance are on the rise,” Peruvian-Puerto Rican model Carmen Carrera told the Advocate.
10. Dascha Polanco
“You look at novelas and things like that … the women are so small! Full head of hair. Fair-skinned. You get trained to think that way. My insecurity growing up limited me in moving forward,” Dominican actress Dascha Polanco told Bustle.
11. Gina Rodriguez
“Every role that I've chosen has been ones that I think are going to push forward the idea of my culture, of women, of beauty, my idea of liberating young girls of feeling that they have to look at a specific beauty type,” said Puerto Rican actress Gina Rodriguez.
12. Zoe Saldaña
“A woman is not an incompetent, impotent, inept creature. Yet half of the scripts you read in Hollywood have [subservient] characters,” Dominican-Puerto Rican star Zoe Saldaña told Indiewire.
13. Reagan Gomez
“When it comes to mainstream feminism, you're just talking about white, rich, middle-class cis women, and it’s like, no, it’s not just about you. We're here, too,” half-Puerto Rican actress and director Reagan Gomez reminded folks on the #TWIBafterDARK Podcast.
14. Rosie Perez
“I see explicit covers on magazines, and they're getting even more explicit, and it’s like, are women being empowered, or is this just what sells magazines? Are they feeling pressured, or have they really come into themselves and are saying, ‘I am woman, hear me roar?'" asks Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez.
15. Sara Ramirez
“I love challenging the status quo," Mexican actress-singer Sara Ramirez told the NY Daily News.
16. Camila Alves
“I was never the girl that grew up saying I want to get married. I actually told my parents to not expect me to get married,” Brazilian model Camila Alves said.
17. America Ferrera
“To me, the tragedy about this whole image-obsessed society is that young girls get so caught up in just achieving that they forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world,” hondureña America Ferrera once said.
18. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
“If I don't love myself, I won't survive," said the late part-Puerto Rican singer-rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.
19. Selenis Leyva
“It’s empowering as a woman to see women really stepping up and having success. We’re sending a real clear message to Hollywood. Women can produce, write, direct, act, and we can have an almost all-female cast, and bring in the numbers. That’s something really powerful," said Cuban-Domincan actress Selenis Leyva.
20. Michelle Rodriguez
“Until they come up with an independent woman who's on an adventure of her own, I don't think I'm interested," Dominican-Puerto Rican actress Michelle Rodriguez let the world know.
21. Demi Lovato
“I’m not going to sacrifice my mental health to have the perfect body," said "Confident" singer Demi Lovato.
22. Gina Torres
“I walk into a room, and for this industry, I'm impossibly tall. When they find it hard to pair you up with the opposite sex, then what's left for a woman? Either you're the ball-buster or the not-so-attractive girlfriend standing by the lead. I mean, traditionally not so attractive. Because you have your starlets and then you have their best friends who are these character actresses. When you fall within the cracks, you thank God for sci-fi, because they'll give you a gun, and they'll say, 'Go over there and conquer that world. You kick some ass, girl!'” Cuban actress Gina Torres told Indiewire.
"Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don't think that women can get the attention of the public. But ... wrong!" said mexicana Selena.
“My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body," said colombiana Shakira.
25. Alessandra Ambrosio
“If I'm two pounds heavier, I'm fat. If I'm skinnier, I'm sick. It's ridiculous," said Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio.