Cosmo for Latinas
celebrated its first ever Fun Fearless Latina Awards in New York City last week, where Michelle Rodriguez was named the Fun Fearless Latina of the Year. And let’s face it—the Puerto Rican and Dominican beauty is a total Hollywood badass!

Fresh off the heels of international press tours and red carpet appearances for her role in Fast & Furious 6, the Latina actress looked radiant in a red dress.

“This is not just a Latina thing, this is a woman’s thing,” said Rodriguez at the Awards. Rodriguez also spoke about the challenge for women writers and actresses in Hollywood. “I’m so glad I didn’t strip my clothes off for those opportunities!” she added.

The award ceremony honored women plus one man (Al Madrigal) in different fields who are all committed to changing the world in some way. Winners included Natalie Morales of NBC’s Today Show, La La Anthony, actress and creator of Motives for La La Anthony, Loren Ridinger, SVP of Market America and and creator of Motives Cosmetics, Marlen Esparza, Olympic boxer and businesswoman, and Erika Andiola, community organizer, Arizona DREAM Act activist, and many more.

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Cosmo for Latinas Celebrates Fun Fearless Latina Michelle Rodriguez

Natalie Morales, La La Anthony & Marlen Esparza

In Cosmo for Latinas call for nominations, the magazine was looking for “dynamic and inspiring women who are Latina icons in the making.” The nominees had to be Latina women 21 or older, who are positively impacting the lives of others, who are approaching every challenge as an opportunity, and who are bold in their approach.

Natalie Morales is the only television news personality on the list. The Today news anchor told the magazine, “Women have to fight harder to get noticed. Put your best face forward, and be aggressive.” Loren Ridinger added, “When things go well, don’t slow down. Accelerate. Push harder.”

Adrienne Bailon, a former Disney Cheetah girl, served as host at Cosmo for Latinas Fun Fearless Latina Awards.

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