Dascha Polanco, Adrienne Bailon & Massy “MankoFit” Arias Drop Gems At ‘Latina’ Beauty Expo


OITNB’s Dascha Polanco, singer-songwriter/actress Adrienne Bailon and her Roc Nation beau Lenny Santiago, plus-size model Denise Bidot and health guru Massiel “MankoFit” Arias helped kick off Latina magazine’s first ever Beauty, Hair & Wellness Expo at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Saturday (July 18).

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Moderated by Latina’s Director of Content Shirley Velasquez, the panel spoke honestly about body image in Hollywood, focusing on beauty standards and expectations within the Latin community.

“What does my body have to do with me being able to portray a role,” begged Dascha Polanco in a roundtable discussion that also dissected negative body image across the entertainment industry. “I don’t think I’m fat, I think I’m curvy, soy mujerón (a lot of woman).”

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The weekend-long event featured interactive guest experiences and hair/food demonstrations and a trainload of insight from said industry notables. Thumb through the most invaluable messages taken from the expo’s main event.