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.