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America Ferrera

She’s been looking better than ever!  And on the new issue of Cosmo for Latinas, America Ferrera finally opens up about her self image, fame and even Ugly Betty.  The relatively new publication, geared towards the more predominantly English-speaking Latina, in newsstands now, features Ferrera in a candid interview about staying confident, standing her ground, and her own Latina upbringing.

America is one of those Latina celebs you just can’t resist.  Not only is she a great actress, but she’s also a great philanthropist, a caring human being, and a leader in the Latino community.  How can you not love her for that?

Here’s some of what she told Cosmo:

On knowing the role of Betty on Ugly Betty was meant for her from the very beginning: “Anytime I walk into something apologetic or wondering if I’m good enough, I never get it. There’s a certain lack of ownership that people can detect. When I walk in and own it, that’s when I usually get it.”

On her daily struggle in an industry that breeds insecurity: “More often than not, I hate photos shoots and I hate being on the red carpet. I don’t think I’m very well equipped for the scrutiny or the pressure to be perfect, and I don’t think anyone really is.” She continues, “People are saying ‘We love you and love what you do,’ and you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I’m not skinny enough or pretty enough.’ It’s taken a lot of work to get over that.”

On her determination to inspire young woman to learn from her past mistakes: “How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world and get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!”

This is not a sponsored post, but Cosmopolitan for Latinas did bring this new issue to my attention.