Despite enduring stereotypes of Latinx culture seen in movies, on TV, and in every-day life, identifying as Hispanic and/or Latinx looks and sounds different for everyone. These stereotypes suggest all Latinx people should look, act or “be” a certain way, a falsehood that somehow persists even today — and one that many famous Latinx women like Gina Rodriguez and Camila Mendes have spoken out about. Those ideas lead to Latinx people (especially women) being told we’re not Latinx “enough,” or, perhaps, doing it “incorrectly.” But of course, there is no right or wrong way to honor and identify with one’s heritage, no matter what they’re from — and such is the case during Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, as well.
To celebrate the wide and varied world of Latinx culture, we’ve compiled our favorite quotes from celebrity women on what their Hispanic and Latinx heritage means to them, with answers that vary as much as the women themselves. From proud Puerto Ricans like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jennifer Lopez to Afro-Latinx ladies like Cardi B, Zoe Saldaña, and Rosario Dawson, find out what these women had to say about how their Latinx identity influences who they are, how they were raised, and what they hope to accomplish.
A version of this article was released on Oct 2021.