Gina Rodriguez on embracing her shape: 'It makes me strong and fearless'

Gina Rodriguez is embracing her body! The Jane the Virgin star opened up to the October issue of Shape magazine about why she loves her curves. “I love my shape because it makes me strong and fearless,” the 33-year-old said. “There’s a huge spectrum of body types, and we need to celebrate all of them—the model shapes, the beautiful new wave of curvy full-figured women, and those who are in between. I feel blessed to be part of that spectrum.” 

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 target=VIEW GALLERY Gina cover the October issue of Shape magazine Photo: Nino Muñoz/SHAPE

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The actress, who has been vocal about her path to a healthier lifestyle, admitted that she is now at peace with her figure. “When I started working on Jane again, there was no time for training, even at night…I couldn’t fit into certain clothes, and I was a little curvier,” she shared. “Before, I would have beaten myself up."

 target=VIEW GALLERY Gina opened up about embracing her curves Photo: Nino Muñoz/SHAPE

Gina continued: “As an actress, there are so many pressures to look a certain way and fit into a sample size. But I’ve got to embrace the fact that when I’m shooting Jane, I can’t work out as much. My body is going to look different, and that’s OK. I’m not willing to wring the joy from my life to kill myself in the gym.”

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The Hollywood star, whose go-to workout is Muy Thai fighting, revealed that it was her boyfriend Joe LoCicero who gave her the best advice when it came to her journey. Gina shared, “He said, ‘Don’t be angry with your body—it changed because your routine shifted.’ And that was like a gift.” 

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