Eva Mendes is certainly an influential person who has set a strong precedent in the Hollywood industry in that she broke many stereotypes. One, being a woman of colour, she is Cuban-American and she's not afraid to speak up about the unfair discrimination she faces. Two, she's a female actress in a male dominant field who is pushing hard to break the barriers of being just a 'sex' symbol as she states in many interviews that she wishes the tabloids saw her other angles. To top things off, she came out bluntly about her issues with substance abuse and how she fearlessly admitted joining rehab. She states "I'm proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better. This is a life or death situation." Eva Mendes is a strong role model as she stands tall for what she believes in. Here's her top 10 quotes that enable her as an intelligent, wise and very straight-up individual...
1.) She believes that having a huge self-respect for who you are is extremely healthy for your mind, body and especially for your inner soul:
"I love every aspect of being a woman. I believe you should celebrate who you are."
2.) Ignore the viewpoints and opinions of anyone other than your own:
"People are incapable of stereotyping you; you stereotype yourself because you're the one who accepts roles that put you in this rut or in this stereotype."
3.) Eva Mendes completely understands that failure and rejection are a blessing in disguise:
"Rejection is good for the soul."
4.) Be aware that you control your destiny and your fate:
"I might act like it's an accident but the opposite is true. I'm incredibly calculated when it comes to my career."
5.) Take responsibility to create a positive influence:
"I feel I'll take on the responsibility of showing the world a whole different kind of Latin woman."
6.) Perfection is a complete illusion, focus in on all things that make you different. Be authentic:
"We shouldn't dwell on what is 'perfect.' We should celebrate our uniqueness."
7.) Gain a sense of imagination and hold a limitless spirit full of possibilities, regardless of your situation:
"I was poor. I came from a lower-middle-class family, so I would imagine all kinds of things. I thought I was going to be an astronaut and an opera singer when I was really little. Then I thought about being a movie star when I saw Annie. I was seven then,"
8.) Take a chance, take a risk, and follow those inner desires:
"I’ve been working my butt off! I literally changed my life. I was going to college studying marketing. Then I met a manager randomly and well — you know the story. I quit school and took up acting."
9.) Eva sets a great precedence of being a go-getter to the fullest:
"I'm a modern woman in the sense of I take care of myself, I'm fiercely independent, and I'm really ambitious."
10.) She believes in the power of meditation:
"Meditation really helps create not only a sense of balance... but serenity and kind of a calm state of mind."
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