Living Fabulosa Forum Spotlights Latina Trendsetters
We recently attended “Proctor & Gamble (P&G) Orgullosa launches Living Fabulosa: Look and Feel your Best,” a forum to spotlight Latina trendsetters and their stories of strength and success. Orgullosa, which means pride, a word that is usually associated when describing a culture like the Latin culture. With such a rich history of beautiful people that have contributed so much to the world, pride is the inevitable.
The room was full of Latin celebrities and media professionals. For the cocktail hour, which, was blended in with the red carpet arrivals, everyone got acquainted as they snacked on hors d’oeuvres and sipped wine in the Times Center of the New York Times building. During cocktail our guests received style consultations and blow out in the Cover girl beauty seat. Little did we know, the real fun hadn’t started yet.
After about an hour of “cocktailing” guests were ushered in to “The Stage”, which essentially was the most elegant auditorium, probably in New York City, which had a geometric glass wall that was the background for the stage. Just stunning.
When the forum finally started Angie Martinez, “The Voice of New York” and author of cookbook “Health Latin Eating“ entered the stage to thunderous applause. I must say that after all these years on the radio in New York City Martinez has certainly evolved as a woman, and seems a bit more sophisticated, yet somehow unchanged. After last night I just liked her a little more. Actually, a lot more, there I said it.
Her co-hosts on the forum were a few other Latina trendsetters and influencers like Lilliana Vasquez, Emmy-nominated host and producer, fashion correspondent, Nina Terrero, multimedia journalist, and entertainment correspondent, and Gina Rodriguez, Golden Globe winning actress. What I expected was fun girl talk but audience got more than what we bargained for. The ladies were fun, smart, witty, and so enlightening to say the least.
Martinez chatted about how Lisa Lisa was such an inspiration to her because she was the only person on television that looked like her. She also talked about her mom and abuela (grandmother) and how they helped to shape her into the woman she is. Revealing a funny anecdote about her grandma and Celia Cruz being the same person in her young 10–year old memories, was just too sweet.
The room was a hefty dose of emotion and laughter. The highlight was when Janet Jones, creator of the Vixen Workout, who admitted to 13 cents in her bank account when she came up with program, got up and danced like a vixen. The hosts, including Nina Torres, who revealed to the audience that she just lost her abuela earlier in the week, joined her.
The take away from many of the women was simply amazing. Gina Rodriguez was a breath of fresh air, so intelligent and articulate. Educating other Latinas about the individual cultures of other Latin countries and uniting was a major element to her platform. Standing in your truth and redefining the status quo of beauty and what it is in Hollywood seemed to get her fired up.
‘Orange is the New Black” star Selenis Leyva, who was a guest on the panel kept the sentiment going. Latin women are a force. It’s that simple. They come in all shapes sizes and colors and aren’t willing to be pigeon held into roles on screen or in real life. They are, as Nina Rodriguez exclaimed, “Ambitious, driven, and hardworking”. I think many women can relate to that.