LATINO VOICES
06/30/2015 02:52 pm ET

#HispanicGirlsUnited Gives An Honest Look At What It's Like To Be Latina

A viral new hashtag is giving Latinas a voice, at least on Twitter.

According to TakePart.com, #HispanicGirlsUnited started trending on Twitter last Thursday after user Joyce Santeliz added it to a tweet about how Hispanic girls are depicted in the media.

The hashtag gained momentum when other Latinas joined in to discuss their experiences and shut down stereotypes.

Gina Rodriguez from "Jane the Virgin" chimed in with a message of unity. Some Latinas shared the expectations they face when it comes to physical appearance. Others celebrated the diversity of Latinas. Some pointed out the hard work of their parents and the sacrifices they made for them. Some reminded the Twitter universe that their culture is more than a costume or a holiday. Many used specific examples of the prejudice they face. And one Twitter user summed up the importance of #HispanicGirlsUnited by highlighting something special: pride in her heritage.
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