Being a Latina of today means many things to different Latinas. We all juggle diverse roles as mothers, businesswomen, professionals, wives, and daughters. The one common foundation that we all have is our desire to have the best of both worlds by embracing our Latina heritage and culture and taking advantage of the opportunities that being American has afforded us too.
For me personally, being a Latina of today means that I have bridged the gap between the traditions of my Latin ancestors and the modern roles and opportunities that Latinas are able to experience in the United States. It means that I can have it all, a family, a career, a business, and a relationship without having to compromise any one of these roles. Also, it allows me to be a strong and independent woman who is not afraid to balance it all and be successful while doing it!
That is why I am proud to be a part of the Orgullosa Community because it recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments and goals of all Latinas. The community is known as being made up of women who have their skirts well-placed or “Mujeres con la falda bien puesta™” This basically means that they are women who are deeply rooted in their Hispanic heritage while, at the same time, make their own paths here in the United States due to recognizing their unlimited potential.
This past week, I had the pleasure of participating in a live webinar sponsored by Orgullosa with celebrity guest Adrienne Bailon who is the epitome of what The Nueva Latina or Latina of today represents. She is a wonderful role model for other Latinas for her influence as a fashionista, television hostess, actress, musician and much, much more. She is not afraid to admit that her culture has helped to mold her into the woman who she is today. Her life embodies the idea that Latinas can enjoy celebrating the best of being Latinas and Americans.
During the webinar, Adrienne shared with us how being a Latina has inspired her to reach for the stars. She stressed that being bilingual has been a tremendous asset to her in today’s competitive world. Her greatest pride is that she has never given up despite being faced with adversity. In her own words, “When the going gets rough, Latinas fight back!” I loved how she referred to her family as the source of her inspiration to succeed and even attributed all of her accomplishments as being due to their unconditional support. Her advice to young Latinas of today is to stay true to who they are and to “Find something about yourself that you love and own that!”
At Orgullosa, they celebrate Hispanic Heritage every single day! You can try out the new Orgullosa App and include an image of yourself and what Latin country you hail from as part of the fun activities that they have included in their month long Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. They launched a tab on their Facebook page to give their community the opportunity to honor their heritage in this special way. You can upload your photo and share your Nueva Latina pride with the rest of us!
Regardless of how you define yourself as a Latina, it’s important that you know that you are part of a larger community and family of us that empowers and inspires one another. We are made up of go-getters and multi-taskers that are not afraid to connect, inform, and support one another through the bonds of community, sisterhood, and culture.
Let’s Discuss: How do you define a Latina of Today? Even if you are not Latina, how do you juggle maintaining your roots and cultural heritage while, at the same time, managing a career and/or a family?
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