Dascha Polanco recently did an interview with Vivala and talked about the pressure she felt early in her career to hide her Afro-Latina features. It all came from just one thing she was told: don’t look too Latina even if you want a Latina role. This isn’t the first time Polanco has talked about her body and look as a point of contention when going after certain roles or fashion looks. Here are a few words of advice Polanco has about owning your looks.
This isn’t the first time Polanco has talked about her body and looked at it as a point of contention when going after certain roles or fashion looks. Here are a few words of advice Polanco has about owning your looks.
Dascha Polanco recently opened up to Vivala about how her Afro-Latina features were once an issue for her career.
“We have to be ‘Fake Latinas,'” Polanco told Vivala. “And here’s the thing about ‘Fake Latinas’ – when you look at Latinas who are succeeding in Hollywood, they’re super thin and you really can’t tell if she’s Latina or not.”
The criticism and “advice” about her looks and her career took a toll on her own self-worth.
Polanco told Vivala that she got in her own head over her looks and wished to be different. She wanted lighter eyes and a skinnier frame. She also added that she believed that if those things could happen for her, she would finally be able to book more jobs.
This isn’t the first time that Polanco has been open about her own struggles with owning and loving herself. Her outfit to New York Fashion week last year was one of the first times she publicly stepped out displaying her figure.
“To tell you the truth, when I first arrived at New York Fashion Week wearing a tight bodysuit that completely revealed my thighs, I was a little nervous,” Polanco wrote for TODAY. “I kept on covering myself up with my jacket and I just didn’t feel ready. There was no pool there, no beach… So shouldn’t I cover up?”
But as they say, behind a strong woman, is a strong group of women empowering her. Polanco credited her team for giving her the confidence to just own it.
“That’s when I decided to own it. For me, it was this realization that I’m not getting any younger,” Polanco wrote for TODAY about how she stopped relying on her jacket that night to cover her thighs. “Sure, I’m working on stuff. Sure, I’m a work in progress. But this is who I am right now, and I want to be free.”
Polanco wants more Latinas to get attention in media and magazines and she knows she can start making it happen.
Polanco told Vivala that she is constantly trying to find more Latinas in media but finds it frustrating and disappointing that there seems to be a one-Latina rule when it comes to highlighting women in Hollywood.
“I look at all these articles like, ‘All the Powerful Women of Hollywood’ and I don’t see a Latina in it. Or just one Latina,” Polanco told Vivala. “It’s like, ‘If you’re gonna have one, you can only have one. You can’t have a couple. You can’t acknowledge [multiple] people.’”
The actress wants her fans to feel confident in their own skin and join her in this journey with #SelfLovery.
“Every day, I am learning how to love myself more,” Polanco told Vivala. “Something I’m working on is #SelfLovery. This is this whole project that I’m working on where we’re including men and women, to just take a moment to self-analyze and just say, ‘I love myself.'”