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Gina Rodriguez Made History And Gave A Powerful Speech About Latino Culture

The Jane the Virgin star said that her Golden Globe win "represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes." Rodriguez's award is also The CW network's first ever Golden Globe.

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Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of the eponymous character on The CW's freshman series on Sunday. Rodriguez was the first CW actor to be nominated for a Golden Globe — and now she is the first to win. Her win also marks the network's first ever Golden Globe.

Rodriguez began her teary speech with, "Thank you god for making me an artist."

After thanking producers at CBS and The CW, she continued with a more personal message: "Thank you to my mom and my dad for telling me to dream big and to never stop dreaming. To my siblings, to my sisters Evelise and Rebecca for being the biggest role models in my life. This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me to say every morning, 'Today's going to be a great day. I can and I will.' Well, Dad, today's going to be a great day. I can and I did."

Rodriguez has previously spoken eloquently about her Latina identity and the significance of her nomination for Latinos in Hollywood.

Watch the full speech here.

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