Actress Gina Rodriguez Celebrates Her Pregnancy, Heritage, and Giving Back to Others
We caught up with the actress and Anne Klein ambassador at an event in LA to hear all about it during Hispanic Heritage Month
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
October 14, 2022
Actress Gina Rodriguez has teamed up with fashion brand Anne Klein and the Fashion Scholarship Foundation Fund to inspire young design students and give one of them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their t-shirt design sold at Macy’s. This year’s winner is recent SCAD graduate and Puerto Rico native Valeria Nicole.
“It was a beautiful synchronicity," said Rodriguez. "I got to meet her and her beautiful design and talk to her about her journey and where she's going next. She has gotten opportunities because of it, and I am excited to see what she does next.”
The new face of Anne Klein modeled the tee in the October issue of T, the New York Times style magazine, and People. As it turns out, she is not the only one in the photos. “We were talking about babies and how much my husband and I wanted to have a baby in the future, and I was pregnant. I found out five days after the photo shoot, and it was remarkable.”
She said the campaign came with a lot of beautiful blessings around it. "My television show got picked up when I did the photo shoot. I had a baby inside me. It's all evolving now.”
She felt incredibly blessed to be part of the fall campaign and collection, but she mostly loved what Anne Klein stood for. The brand, said Rodriguez, exemplifies the Anne Klein mission of encouraging, empowering, and engaging women. Committed to philanthropy and female empowerment, the actress chairs her own We Will Foundation, which she founded with her sisters.
“I did not come from a family with excessive means to have all the resources," said Rodriguez. "I had to be very innovative in figuring out what those would be for me. I believe part of it made me much more creative in my journey. It also allowed me to understand that where one door closes, another opens." Rodriguez added, "I believe that I have hinged on perseverance and never giving up. If you continue to try and use all the moments of failure in your life to expand your growth, you'll find new innovative ways in a formulaic industry that doesn't always work for everyone.”
The t-shirt retails for $49.00 and you can find it at Macy’s stores and anneklein.com. All profits from the sale of the t-shirt will go to the Fashion Scholarship Fund.