Dany Garcia has officially launched #LatinxTheMosaic, a virtual panel featuring actress Dascha Polanco, TV reporter Lilliana Vazquez, Peloton vice president of fitness programming Robin Arzón, filmmaker Nadia Hallgren, and Fordham University professor Tanya Kateri Hernandez.
These powerful Latinas came together to discuss important topics like how to break stereotypes within the Latino community when it comes to race, body image, and other issues. “Body image, and especially from a fitness perspective, is really something that works against the Latinx community. There is this conversation of, ‘Oh, you’re curvy or you’re too curvy, or are you slim, can you get your hips slim, your hips are too big.’ All of a sudden, the way a natural body type is becomes something that can also be judged,” Garcia said during the discussion. “It was important to me to always be Dany Garcia — Latina, Cuban bodybuilder, because I was breaking stereotypes on how a body should look. I think that freedom of how I want my body to look and protecting that and being very proud about that is very important.”
At the end of the discussion, Dany announced that in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, #LatinXTheMosaic will be awarding grants to budding Latinx entrepreneurs and business owners.
To find out more about the Hello Alice grant program, click here.
To watch and engage on the discussion, click here.