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WOMEN WE LOVE: America Ferrera

11-04-2020 by Tania Ortiz

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America Ferrera is the definition of a powerhouse. The daughter of Honduran immigrants has a lot on her plate these days. In addition to her role as Amy on the hit NBC comedy "Superstore", now in its 6th season, she is a producer, director, and activist.

 

We were first introduced to the Los Angeles native through the indie film,Real Women Have Curves, which allowed Latinas to see themselves reflected on the big screen. Ferrera is also known for starring in the comedy-drama The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants alongside Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, and Alexis Bledel. America gained more recognition for playing the lead role in the series "Ugly Betty", where her portrayal of Betty Suarez earned her an Emmy and made her the first (and only, so far) Latina to win the award for Best Actress.

 

The leading lady has always been an advocate for diverse representation on and off-screen. In the TED Talk she gave last year, America Ferrera talks about her journey through the industry and learning how her identity as a Honduran-American is her superpower, not an obstacle. Ferrera also discusses the importance of seeing an accurate representation of the world on screen.

 

 

 

America has been using her massive platform for activism for more than a decade. She has publicly endorsed presidential candidates since 2008, and this year she has been active on the campaign trail encouraging people to go out and vote. Earlier this year, Ferrera also launched the series “America...AF” on her Instagram, where she breaks down and demystifies the American voting process.

 

America also teamed up with fellow Latina Eva Longoria to create She Se Puede, a digital platform designed to empower Latina women to leverage their power in a way that changes their lives. The main goal of the platform is to ensure that the experiences and perspectives of Latinas are no longer excluded from our society.

 

Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to her beloved character Amy on "Superstore" this season. Nonetheless, we love America Ferrera for continuing to use her platform to advocate for diversity in Hollywood and creating a space for the Latinx community to feel seen!