Ever since I read Lena Durham’s interview with Soledad O’Brien during the Fortune Most Powerful Women Conference I have been meaning to write about it. Why? First because I think she’s brilliant (who doesn’t?) and two because her next move will mean the world for young Latinas and here’s why:
At one point during the interview Soledad O’Brien mentions “The critics of your show [referring to the HBO series titled "Girls"] have said it’s elitist. They’ve said for four young women in New York City there are almost no people of color who they interact with, which for New York City would be very unusual.”
And as Lena addressed the question she mentions something I thought very important: “in the second season there are a multitude of new characters who enter. Some are people of color, some are not …”
That immediately caught my attention: she’s going to introduce girls of color? Will there be any girl of Latin descent? Why am I asking and giving this importance? If the show is going to introduce a young girl who is U.S Hispanic (in short, born and bred in the U.S and of Latin American heritage), it will be interesting to see how she is portrayed.
Lena might not know how many young Latinas are yearning for content on screen that reflects them more.
I recently spoke to one such young Latina who told me that she is “yearning for original content that doesn’t only highlight Latina success stories [it's a disservice to portray them as all fully integrated, she says], but also their strife, as young women, as they search for success in career and life in general and as they celebrate how proud they are of their heritage.” She mentions “original content is much more than what we’re seeing on TV. I want to see what I see every day and what American society might deem ‘unexpected’.”
I don’t see a platform better suited for this than Girls. So what would ‘unexpected’ look like on Girls?
In any case, I’d love to continue this discussion with those willing to give their opinion – if a woman of ‘color’ or perhaps someone of Hispanic heritage is introduced to Girls, what would she be like?
And as a conclusion, I’d be remiss if I didn’t second what Soledad O’Brien said at the end of the interview: “Lena Dunham, it’s nice to have you.”
Natalie Boden is the founder and Managing Director of BodenPR, a Miami based boutique Hispanic PR firm.
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