1. Jackie Cruz, actress, Orange Is the New Black
I play cult favorite character tough girl Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales on the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black. I knew we were making history after I watched the first season. I had never seen, growing up or until this day, a show with such a diverse cast, and especially women—all of these wonderful colors and sizes. That is not the particular Hollywood beauty that I imagined and saw growing up, and now I get to be one of them. It’s just really beautiful; we are making history with not only our show, but also streaming [television]. We are paving the way and it’s just really awesome, especially being a Latina woman.