Celebrity Women of Color Saw These Characters as Role Models

By Louisa Ballhaus

  

In case you needed a reminder: representation matters. Many celebrities of color divulged which character helped them see themselves on screen.

Read on to see which Hollywood roles inspired these beloved celebrity women of color.

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Awkwafina Saw Herself in Lucy Liu's Role in 'Charlie's Angels'

  

Regina King Saw Herself in Shonda Rhimes

  

Angela Bassett Saw Herself in Diana Ross

  

Priyanka Chopra Saw Herself in Sarah Michelle Gellar's Role in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

  

Mindy Kaling Saw Herself in Parminder Nagra's Role in 'Bend It Like Beckham'

  

Gina Rodriguez Saw Herself in Rita Moreno

  

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