Selenis Leyva

19th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball - Arrivals

Levya in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Baracoa, Cuba

Date of Birth: May 26, 1972

Ethnicity: Cuban, Dominican Republic, some Jamaican and Haitian

Selenis Leyva is an American actress. She was born in Baracoa, Cuba, and was raised in The Bronx, New York City, New York. She has a daughter.

Selenis has said:

Hey, I’m Cuban-Dominican, with Jamaican and Haitian roots, so [Santeria] is not foreign to me. My grandmother was this amazing woman in the Dominican Republic who used to read tea leaves and palms. She would cure people in her neighborhood by going into her garden, plucking a couple of leaves, and brewing teas. She was a midwife, so she was very in tune with earth and religion and a lot of that came with Santeria.

7 Responses

  1. TB says:

    I thought I read somewhere that she had Jamaican ancestry as well. One of her great grandmothers on her Cuban side was Jamaican. There’s a large population of people of Jamaican descent in Cuba. I would consider her an Afro-Latina.

  2. gmillaz says:

    correction, dominican republic

  3. Samiiraa says:

    It’s not, that’s her skin tone. Hater

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