The Jane the Virgin actress is featured in the magazine as one of their “Game Changers” of 2016, which is a deserved honor when you consider her advice on inner beauty. Rodriguez says that being content with yourself is the first step to radiating positivity onto others.
“If you love yourself there’s absolutely no opportunity to hate anybody else,” says Rodriguez. “You actually can’t. If you are happy, you’re not going to go around being like, ‘You suck. You’re terrible. F*ck you.’ You don’t do that. If you love yourself, you know nothing but love.”
Rodriguez inspires her fans to chase their dreams despite any obstacles that might get in their way.
“Don’t give up,” she says. “People will say no to you left and right. People will say you are not attractive. 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.”
“Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Anyone. Because no one is in your race. Stay in your lane, and do you.”
The actress also addresses how photo manipulation morphs women into idealized versions of themselves, based on society’s unattainable standards of beauty.
“You know, in 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.” says Rodriguez. “Let me keep my curves, you know? My birthmark. I want to look like myself.”