Laurie Hernandez

2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Hernandez in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Lauren Zoe Hernandez

Place of Birth: Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 9, 2000

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [African, Spanish]

Laurie Hernandez is an American artistic gymnast, and actress. She was a member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, dubbed the Final Five, at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she won gold in the team event and silver on the balance beam. She is nicknamed “Laurie,” “Baby Shakira,” and “The Human Emoji.”

Lauren is the daughter of Wanda and Anthony Hernandez.

She has said:

I would definitely say I identify as Afro-Latina especially with these kinky curls… It’s definitely something my family and I have learned growing up looking at our family tree and something that I’ve continued to learn about that kind of bleeds through my mom. But having both grandparents [maternal and paternal] being born in Puerto Rico, my parents being born in NYC, and me in New Jersey and being second generation Puerto Rican, it’s something that I own and I used to be afraid of it, but now I realize that it’s become like a superpower. It’s the coolest thing ever.


3 Responses

    • italiano90 says:

      That’s hilarious. Its mostly because she’s American and was forced that label upon her. People in Puerto Rico or Latin America in general would not see her as Afro Latina. She is simply tri-racial. People around the world would just see her as a multiracial woman. I’m even told that a lot of people in Latin America dont even use terms like “Afro Latina”. America is also forcing the “LatinX” label which is supposed to include “gender non-binary” latinos which doesn’t even make sense.

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

    Some places had her down as Dominican

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