It’s no secret that actresses are expected to look flawless and be fit in order to get roles in films or television shows. But Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez said that she’s had enough of the industry’s body standards.
According to People, Rodriguez said that she used to feel pressure to fit into a certain size in order to be a successful actress.
“Of course I’ve fallen into the pressure! 100 percent I’ve fallen into the culture,” Rodriguez told stylist and editor-in-chief of Yahoo Style, Joe Zee.
Explaining how that “culture” aims to trap stars into a vicious cycle of pursuing perfection, Rodriguez said, “If you look like a swimsuit model then you’re hot and everybody’s going to want you and money’s going to flow through, and everything’s going to be grand and dandy … And that’s bulls—.”
Although she knows that the industry operates on a certain standard of beauty, Rodriguez said she knows that true beauty is not restricted to such a standard.
“You go to television and film, and, it does add 10 lbs., and, I don’t look like a skinny mini, and, the truth is, that’s okay too, and that is beautiful also.”
Rodriguez attributed her strong sense of self to her upbringing. The actress told People, “”[My dad] prepared us to be able to look at billboards and magazines and say, ‘This is not the only body type that is beautiful’ … He would encourage us to find our beauty and love our beauty and accept our beauty as what God gave us.”
Summing up her parents’ lessons, Rodriguez offered, “My parents really encouraged us to have confidence in who we are and accept who we are because it is not going to change and we are beautiful.”