We all know Latin women are badasses: we're strong, educated, voracious for success and no-nonsense. But television hasn't always portrayed us accurately—that is, until 2011! This was the year that Latina TV stars got to play the role of "badass" on the small screen. Here are the five biggest Latina TV badasses of 2011!
Andrea Navedo as "Debbie" in How To Make It In America
Rene Calderon's (Luis Guzman) girlfriend Debbie is a single mom, a full-time security guard and a part-time Rasta Monsta model. A no-nonsense broad, Debbie knows all too well what it's like to date a hustler—and at this point in her life, she's not interested in going down that path with Rene—a former ex-con who always seems to be getting himself into trouble. Still, despite Rene's troubled past, Debbie manages to see him for the reformed man that he is, while at the same time holding him to high moral standards. Debbie also has to contend with her daughter Nilda, a rebellious teenager with a penchant for getting herself into trouble. But what makes Debbie the ultimate badass isn't her no-nonsense attitude—it's love. As tough as she is, Debbie is also extremely forgiving.
© 2011 HBO