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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Actress Selenis Leyva On the Importance of Afro-Latina Representation

Ain’t I Latina? attended P&G Orgullosa‘s “Living Fabulosa: Look and Feel Your Best” forum at The Times Center in New York City on March 25. Our own Francis Carrero spoke with a bevy of powerful Latinas in attendance. Major mujeres like “The Voice of New York” Angie Martinez, Vixen Army Founder Janet Jones and Orange Is The New Black‘s Selenis Leyva.

We asked Leyva, a Bronx native, her thoughts on the importance of having Afro-Latinas represented in the media. “We haven’t been for so many years,” says Leyva. “I grew up in a time where people were telling me that I didn’t look Latina.”

Hear more of what the Cuban and Dominican actress had to say in our interview, below:

Stay tuned for more interviews from the event!

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