Though a lot of women love photoshop and rely on it to have great-looking photos, “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez does not agree with them.
In fact, Rodriguez would rather have a photo highlighting all of her physical flaws than to have a photo of herself that isn’t real.
“This day and age of Photoshopping and transforming oneself and filtering and filtering and filtering, it really feels good when a photo can capture my heart, my body, my spirit, without having to gloss over it,” she told Women’s Health.
“Let me keep my curves, my birthmark,” she added. “I want to look like myself.”
Rodriguez noted that society might deem her curves and birthmark as “flaws,” but it’s great that she has a healthy self-esteem so she can look past their judgment.
“People will say you are not attractive,” she said. “People will say you are not skinny enough, not tall enough, not thick enough, not curvy enough, not white enough, not brown enough, not this enough. Well, I really hope you don't feel that way about yourself, because then we're all screwed.”
Rodriguez wants to be a good role model to her fans the same way her character Jane Gloriana Villanueva served as her personal role model. Rodriguez said that Jane always inspires her to do the right thing, even if things get difficult.
“Jane is so honest and patient and kind and always wants to give and is so family-oriented. She is who I ultimately desire to be like. [Showrunner] Jennie [Snyder Urman] has written this girl who is so strong, even in her faults; she’s always trying to work harder,” she told New York Magazine.
Meanwhile, the award-winning actress also said she is proud to be Latin-American because she loves “being able to represent both cultures.”
“I was lucky enough to be born with both. I eat hamburgers and hot dogs, I eat arroz con gandules. My grandmother speaks Spanish, my professors speak English. It’s this extra delicious gift that I have,” she told Latina Magazine.