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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Dascha Polanco Is About to Make You Feel Hella Empowered


Dascha Polanco continues to pave the way for women in the entertainment industry. In addition to Adam Sandler‘s The Cobbler (in theaters today), the Latina star will be joining Robert DeNiroBradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming David O’Russell film, Joy, while fan-favorite Orange Is the New Black returns this June.In honor of Women’s History Month, we spoke to this fearless actress about the women who inspire her, body image in Hollywood, and life as a working mom. Come for the empowering real talk, and stick around for her killer Daya-Bennett OITNB spinoff idea.

If you could be anyone for a day, like Sandler’s character in The Cobbler, who would you be?
Dascha Polanco
: I think I would be a man. To be the opposite sex and see what it is to be like not having to squat when I use the bathroom, not having my period. [Laughs.]

In the film, your character isn’t happy with her relationship. What advice would you give to a woman who isn’t satisfied with her situation?
I think we always try to blame ourselves for a situation. We’re held responsible for our actions, but I think there’s a time where you have the decision to make yourself happy. Step out of a situation that’s not comfortable for you – only you can make that [happen]. If you’re unhappy, if you’re in danger – not that I’m saying it’s easy, because it’s a process – only you know when it’s right, when you can leave, or when you can decide to stop it.

Which women in Hollywood inspire you?
I’m a fan of Meryl Streep. I think she’s super talented. I look up to Angelina Jolie as a philanthropist. I find that everything she said she’d do she has done, and there’s nothing like being true to your own self and accomplishing the goals that you set. You also have to look at Latinas like Eva Longoria — I think she’s amazing, what she stands by — and Selma Hayek. [They] use their sexiness, perceived as their Latin passion, to get the attention of Hollywood. Jennifer Lopez has used that to her advantage to become an entrepreneur. These are all women growing up I would look up to and gain inspiration from.

You are so proud of your curves. Do you get frustrated with a lack of curvy women in entertainment?
You always see the size zero, skinny significant other. I’ve seen a lot of movies and I rarely see the main chick as a woman with the curves. It’s not about having the curves, I think it’s deeper than that. I tweeted a quote the other day [about] my whole life, my appearance, and not looking like what was depicted and accepted. I realized that it’s not about how I look outside; it’s about how I feel about my differences inside, and how a difference can be so beautiful. There are women who are born with more volume than others, but that difference is what intrigues [others] and allows you to have uniqueness that you should use positively. It’s time for us to really evaluate [ourselves] in the mirror and say, “This is OK. I can too bring out any quality. I can too be on the cover of any magazine, just the way I am.”

Mila Kunis got some flack for her statement about not wanting to hire a nanny. What’s your take as a working mom in Hollywood?
Being a mother is a choice of providing what you want to provide for your child. I’m reading this book called The Five Love Languages and it teaches you how there’s different ways of portraying love. [Mila] has the ability to [not] hire a nanny and stay home, God bless her; that’s what she chooses to do. There are plenty of people who are financially well [off enough], get a nanny to continue their work, and still get criticized. As a mother, I put in my time with my kids, and right now I’m working. There are times where I feel like maybe I should get a nanny, maybe I shouldn’t. I have the right to make the decision I want to make with my kids. You can’t please society, you have to do what’s best for you. Some of us out there don’t have money but we choose to stay home and live off of welfare and support our kids off of food stamps, which there’s nothing wrong with that, but nobody’s complaining how you have to spend your income tax check or [spending] your welfare money on your beauty supplies instead of your child’s education. We all have a choice to do whatever we want.

Daya and her mom have a complicated relationship on OITNB. Who would you say is the best mom on the show?
I think the show depicts different moms. I don’t think one is better than the other. I think we need to understand why they react to situations differently. It shows truth, it shows how we all, regardless of experience or where we are in our lives, step into somebody else’s shoes and are able to understand the behavior and why they interact this way.

Watch Polanco’s OITNB stars impersonate their favorite characters.

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Amber Rose and Blac Chyna Redefine #FriendshipGoals in the Strip Club

Who said that women can’t bond in the strip club? Amber Rose and BFF Blac Chyna made an appearance at Ace of Diamonds in Hollywood on Monday, showing up every other fella who’s attempted to master the art of making it rain. (Including Rose’s ex Wiz Khalfia, who was there just a few weeks back.)

Reports claim Wiz “went crazy” during his visit, but was he throwing $10,000 in singles? Probs not.

Both Amber and Chyna have stripped in the past, but after seeing the video above, it’s clear they’ve perfected working it offstage as well. The two were glammed up and had a damn good time while supporting their fellow females. Everyone, take notes. (And if you’re still wondering: No, they didn’t actually take their clothes off. Psh.)

When u give bae that look …

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These two prove that friendship isn’t real unless you go to the strip club together.

[Photo Credit: @blacchyna]

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Kylie Jenner’s Latest Gig, Paula Patton’s New Man + More of Today’s First Dibs


Kylie Jenner makes her way up in the business world, Paula Patton reportedly has her eye on a Hollywood A-lister, Ben Affleck‘s workaholic ways may be hurting his marriage, and more celebrity news.

  • Kylie Jenner is the new face of the beauty and skincare line Nip + Fab. Maybe she’s the next Kardashian family mogul after all. [Elle]

  • Sources claim Paula Patton is totally done with Robin Thicke and is “all over” Orlando Bloom. We approve. [Naughty Gossip]
  • Sources say Jennifer Garner “feels like a single mother” with Ben Affleck working so much. [Naughty Gossip]
  • Chris Hemsworth won the weekend hosting Saturday Night Live. [Huffington Post]
  • Lea Michele and her boy toy Matthew Paetz were spotted on a hike in California. [Just Jared]
  • Cate Blanchett introduces us to her baby girl Edith Vivian Patricia Upton. [Vogue]
  • Zac Efron and his girlfriend Sami Miro have a romantic day date in LA. [Just Jared]
  • Sean Penn doesn’t regret the green card joke he made presenting the Best Picture award for Birdman at the Oscars. #NotSorry. [Uproxx]
  • Catherine Bell and Nick Lachey discuss their work with the military on Big Morning Buzz Live.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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A History of Transgender Visibility in American Pop Culture

Thanks to Transparent‘s Golden Globe win for Best Comedy, Glee‘s exploration of Coach Bieste’s gender transition in its final season, and Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox’s Hollywood domination, transgender visibility in pop culture is more prominent than ever.

It took awhile for the world to be this accepting, though admittedly it still has a long way to go, but it truly instills a lot of hope in the future all-encompassing inclusiveness of the entire LGBTQIA community. It’s easily to call this point in history a “trans moment,” but let’s not limit it to this day and age. From trans characters on prominent TV shows and movies to trans actors, actresses, and athletes earning the spotlight, here’s a timeline of the most important transgender moments in the country’s pop culture history.

1918: Author Jennie June, formerly known as Earl Lind, publishes her memoir The Autobiography of an Androgyne, which is followed by her second book four years later, The Female Impersonators. Both deal with the life of a trans person in the early 20th century.

November 1952: Former army private Christine Jorgensen becomes the first publicly known transsexual in the U.S. after having gender reassignment surgery in Denmark.

June 24, 1970: Raquel Welch stars in the film Myra Breckinridge, based on the Gore Vidal novel of the same, as a trans entertainer formerly known as Myron.

September 21, 1975: In the film Dog Day Afternoon, Al Pacino‘s character plans to rob a bank to pay for the operation of his lover, a pre-operative transgender woman played by Chris Sarandon.

August 16, 1977: The NY Supreme Court rules that pro tennis player Renee Richards could compete in tournaments as a woman.

October 1, 1977: On The Jeffersons episode “Once a Friend,” Veronica Redd plays Edie Stokes, a woman once formerly known as Eddie Stokes.

June 26, 1981: British trans actress Caroline Cossey plays a Bond girl in the movie For Your Eyes Only.

July 23, 1982: The World According to Garp features a character named Roberta Muldoon (played by John Lithgow in an Oscar-nominated role) as a transgender former football player.

January 21, 1989: American jazz musician Billy Tipton becomes famous after death, when it’s discovered that he had been born a woman.

December 15, 1990: On Twin Peaks, David Duchovny plays Denise Bryson, a transgender DEA agent.

[Photo Credit: David Duchovny as Denise in Twin Peaks  / ABC]

[David Duchovny as Denise in Twin Peaks / Photo Credit: ABC]

Source: A History of Transgender Visibility in American Pop Culture