Gina Rodriguez is the type of woman you want in your tribe. She’s encouraging, uplifting, inspiring, and motivating, so much so that the Jane the Virgin actress recently managed to convince hundreds of fans to share their selfies on Twitter, using #SelfiesforGina, as part of a self-love movement. The responses flooded her timeline, moving her to tears. “#SelfiesforGina got me in tears. I am so beyond inspired by the movement of self-love,” Rodriguez wrote on Twitter. “Let’s never stop this rolling ball of positivity!”
And that encouragement to build confidence in others isn’t the only reason we adore this Chicago-born Boricua — here are six reasons why Gina Rodriguez is beyond inspirational (and needs to be our BFF).
She pushes women to be their own heroes.
In May 2016, Rodriguez graced the cover of Women’s Health magazine where she discussed the importance of body positivity and looking within, embracing all that we are rather than aspiring to be like an image we see on Instagram or TV. “It’s like we women consciously decide we’re going to be mean to ourselves,” she told the magazine. “But you’re your own hero, not some image you can’t live up to.”