When we say we have a major girl crush on the ladies of Orange is the New Black, we're not overexaggerating. The sassy, fierce, intelligent women of Litchfield Correctional Facility have an incredible dynamic that we can't help but love. But, as much as we adore Gloria, Daya, Maritza, Flaca, Aleida, Maria and Blanca we love their real life personas even more.
Here are the five reasons we're absolutely obsessed with the ladies of OITNB:
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They support the LGBT community:
The ladies of Orange Is The New Black completely owned the New York City Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29. Danielle Brooks (aka Taystee), Samira Wiley (Poussey), Yael Stone (Morello) and Dascha Polanco (Daya) all rocked out on a Litchfield Correctional Facility float – complete with laundry baskets, balloon suds, and a giant washing machine. Not to mention, Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset, served as Grand Marshall for the colorful Pride parade.
They’re fashionable chicas:
Don’t let those washed out khaki uniforms fool you: the mujeres of Orange are so fabulous it should be illegal.
In Litchfield, the girls like to dress up their prison garb by accessorizing those bland uniforms with personal touches (Flaca likes to kick her outfit up a notch by pulling her socks over her pants. Glamorous.) But, in real life, the Latinas of Orange are totally glam. Don’t believe us? See for yourself.
They’re one big family.
Prison families stick together – on and off screen. The ladies of OITNB have a tight friendship we can’t help but envy. Two of the inmates, Maritza and Flaca, have a special bond that extends beyond the cameras. “We’ve become very close,” Jackie Cruz, aka Flaca, told us about her and Diane Guerrero, who plays Maritza. “Our relationship on set is the same off set. We hang out all the time.”
The two chicas even coined a nickname for themselves: Flaritza, a mashup of their two prison names.
They don't take themselves too seriously.
If you follow Selenis Leyva, Dascha Polanco, Jackie Cruz, Diane Guerrero, Laura Gomez or Jessica Pimentel on Twitter, you know that these chicas love their job — but they also love to have fun with their fans (and each other!) One of our favorite social media moments is when Selenia Leyva tweeted a silly picture with Dascha Polanco. "Fierce Spanish mami's wear shades lol #wehavefunandwedonttakeittooserious #vivirmivida."
Never change, ladies.
They’re fighting for Latina empowerment:
It’s no secret that the Latinas of Litchfield are a force to be reckoned with. On-screen, the tightly-knit ladies fight for control of the cocina, but off-screen these women are challenging the way Latinas are viewed in media. Selenis Leyva, aka Gloria, chatted about what Orange Is The New Black means for Latinas in media: “We are all portraying different types of Latinas -- [we're] different ages, we're Afro-Latinos, we're South America — there's a little bit of everything. And I think that's very truthful to the world that we live in, and we can be passionate and crazy and loud, but we're also kind and smart, and there's a little bit of everything."
The ladies of Orange is the New Black certainly are intelligent, strong, bold, admirable women -- and we are proud!