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Gina Rodriguez Just Gave Us A Beautiful Example Of Why Representation Matters

"You gave me hope. You gave me a reason to fight, and to speak up. You gave me a voice, and how can I thank you?"

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ICYMI, Rita Moreno is a living legend.

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She's one of only 12 performers throughout modern history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, AND a Tony. And she was the first Latino person to do so, ever.

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So obviously the Kennedy Center Honors would see fit to shower her with praise at a ceremony that also honored George Lucas, Carole King, Seiji Ozawa, and Cicely Tyson.

That's some swag right there.
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That's some swag right there.

They also brought in Gina Rodriguez — who plays Moreno's granddaughter on Jane the Virgin — to make us cry buckets of tears over Moreno's legacy.

"A 15-year-old girl from Chicago who hadn't seen a Puerto Rican represented onscreen once asked her mother, 'Mom, when did Puerto Ricans come about?'" Rodriguez recalled of her own adolescence.

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"'I never see us on my favorite TV shows or movies, we must not have existed back then, right?' And then she introduced me to you."

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"I met you onscreen and I just loved you.Your bright smile, your fierce persona, that independent voice that burst through every performance and every interview. I just wanted to be just like Rita."

"You gave me hope. You gave me a reason to fight, and to speak up. You gave me a voice, and how can I thank you?"

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"I'm not sure I know how. But I can tell you this: When you followed your dreams, Rita, you gave me the allowance to follow mine."

"And now, being your granddaughter on Jane — the most surreal blessing in my life — you are my icon, my living legend, and what matters most: my friend. Rita, this is my love letter to you."
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"And now, being your granddaughter on Jane — the most surreal blessing in my life — you are my icon, my living legend, and what matters most: my friend. Rita, this is my love letter to you."

THOSE AREN'T TEARS IN MY EYES IT'S JUST THE BEAUTY OF ALL THESE DREAMS COMING TRUE.

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