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Dasha Polanco is one of the many Latinas out there who's had her Latinidad questioned. In a recent interview with Vibe magazine, The Orange Is The New Black actress opened up about embracing her curves in an industry that still embraces tall, thin, white women, the struggle to fit in, and the lack of love she receives from the Latino community.

Latinos don’t f*ck with me,” she told Vibe. “I mean Latino markets ain’t checking for me until it’s time to pull out that card, because we’re trending or something.”

Apparently Polanco’s looks aren’t always considered “Latina enough” for Latino roles.

If I’m not American enough and I’m not Latina enough, then what am I? I’m just nothing,” she says.

Here are a few other Latina celebs who have opened up about the whole “not being Latina enough” struggle. 

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Gina Rodriguez

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The Jane The Virgin star has been criticized on Instagram for not being Latina enough because she doesn't speak Spanish fluently. In an interview with HuffPost Live last year, she opened up about how her parents raised her speaking English. “They wanted to assimilate us into a culture that wouldn’t, right away, put up their guard against us because of our accent.” Here’s what she had to say to her all haters: “You want to tell me I’m not Latino enough? Why don’t you stop speaking and look in the mirror and speak to yourself, because you’re telling me something that you actually probably feel about yourself. Because hurt people hurt people. . . . I am as Latina as they come. And I am not defined by anybody’s definition of Latina. I don’t actually sit in a definition. I walk in my world, happily and confidently.” 

America Ferrera

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There this tug-of-war between two cultures. Am I Latin? Am I American? What the hell am I?" Ferrera said in an interview with “I love my culture and I’m very proud of my culture. But sometimes I feel like I’m not Hispanic enough. That’s unfortunate because I want to learn so much about where my family is from and my roots and to know Spanish. But when you’ve lived your entire life in American schools, you don’t get that.” 

Demi Lovato

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In an interview with Glamour, Lovato shared how growing up impacted how she felt about her Latinidad. “Growing up in America, I never really appreciated my culture,” she said. “I knew what being Hispanic was, but I thought that since I didn’t look Hispanic, I was white.” 


Eva Longoria

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Longoria is of Mexican descent but didn’t always feel accepted by the Latino community. She shared in an interview with EFE in Miami how she was rejected many times by her fellow Latinos, because she wasn’t fluent in Spanish. “It’s very difficult to live in our community if you don’t speak Spanish – everyone will judge you,” she said. 

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Jessica Alba

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Alba is another one who has gotten a lot of flack for not speaking Spanish. She spoke about some of the harsh criticism she’s received in an exclusive interview with Latina magazine. “No one gives Cameron Diaz a hard time for not speaking Spanish,” says Alba. “Her dad’s Cuban and I was telling her I feel so bad because everyone is so nasty to me for not speaking Spanish. She’s like, ‘I don’t speak Spanish! I barely speak English!'"

Rosario Dawson

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The actress doesn’t feel any less Latina just because she’s not fluent in Spanish. “Do you think a Japanese person stops being Japanese if he or she doesn’t speak the language? Dawson asked in an interview with Siempre Mujer magazine. “Of course not! I am a Latina from New York.”