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11 Reasons I'm Obsessed With Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez, And Why You Should Be Too

Sorry to everyone else, but Michaela Jaé invented being an icon.

Dear readers, I have gathered you here today to sing the praises of Emmy-nominated actress Mj (aka Michaela Jaé) Rodriguez. Let us begin, in our attempt to quantify the beauty and grace that Mj so clearly embodies.

1. Her character on Pose, Blanca, is one of the best on TV.

Still from "Pose" featuring Mj at the center in a light blue mini dress and long shawl, there are people behind her in the ballroom watching her

2. Of course, this is due to Mj's incredible talent as an actress (and the writing, too).

Mj poses for the red carpet in a deep cut yellow long-sleeve dress with metallic floral accents, she sports a short wavy bob

3. Because she's a multi-talented icon, Michaela Jaé also sings, and she released a debut single in June.

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Of course, Pose fans will recognize her vocal chops from the series — notably when she performed a duet rendition of "Home" from the 1975 musical The Wiz with Billy Porter's Pray Tell in Season 1. But Mj made her official debut as Michaela Jaé, the artist, on June 4, with the release of "Something to Say" under the Access Records label. The track is, in my opinion, an infectious blend of pop and disco-funk that just makes you want to get up and dance! And the colorful visuals in the music video — which, believe it or not, were put together within mere hours — are just *chef's kiss.* Speaking to People, Michaela Jaé said the inspiration behind the song was to "represent everyone." She added, "I want to make you smile all the time, so if I did that, I'm happy."

4. And she doesn't JUST want to be defined by her role on Pose.

5. The 30-year-old is also a glamorous trendsetter.

6. Mj makes it a point to always advocate for her community and accurate representation, paving the way for other trans artists of color.

7. Particularly, she has spoken out on how colorism disproportionately marginalizes darker-skinned actors of color.

8. But she's also quick to disallow labels to define her and refuses to be a token.

Mj, Dominique Jackson, and Indya Moore wave to the crowd and smile as they sit in a rainbow-decked BMW at Pride

9. She's been dreaming of being in the limelight as a starlet since she was 5 years old — and, if I do say so myself, she's gone above and beyond in accomplishing that goal.

Mj poses for the camera in a short baby pink dress, which has myriad buckles and corset-like sleeves

10. She's beginning to work on her debut album and hopes to collaborate with fellow Black women artists who are ascending in the music ranks.

11. And finally, she wants to star in a rom-com in the vein of Jennifer Lopez's 2000s movies.

Mj at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, she wears an Etro sparkly lace dress with an open back and a connecting shawl headpiece