Charlotte Readers Podcast: Rosie Molinary

Rosie Molinary

Growing up Latina and Beautiful You

In today’s episode, we meet author Rosie Molinary, who takes us on a journey of what it means to be a woman growing up Latina in America and we explore her passion of teaching others the idea of self-acceptance, because we are who we are.

She reads from Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image and Growing up Latina, and also from Beautiful You, A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance. There is inspiration in her story and in her advice, which she dispenses humbly, through her writing and our conversation.

Charlotte Readers Podcast is sponsored by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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Learn More About This Episode

In today’s episode, we meet author Rosie Molinary, who takes us on a journey of what it means to be a woman growing up Latina in America and we explore her passion of teaching others the idea of self-acceptance, because we are who we are.

She reads from Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image and Growing up Latina, and also from Beautiful You, A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance. There is inspiration in her story and in her advice, which she dispenses humbly, through her writing and our conversation.

We start first with Rosie reading from chapter 1 of Hijas Americanas, entitled: Turning Gringa. Here’s an excerpt:

“My first kiss was over a chainlink fence. I didn’t realize the significance of it then, but the fence that stood between my seventh-grade boyfriend and me was a metaphor for the otherness that marked my life. It separated homes that, back then, were worth more than half a million dollars from homes that were worth more like seventy thousand, and it divided an almost exclusively white neighborhood from a mixed neighborhood that was minority and white.”

As a radical self-acceptance champion, author Rosie Molinary uses profound questions and wholehearted connection to empower people to treat themselves well so they can connect with their talents and passions to authentically and intentionally live their purpose and help heal the world.

The author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance (Seal Press) and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina (Seal Press), Rosie teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, serves as a national Dove Self-Esteem Project educator, offers workshops and retreats, and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, self-care, media literacy, the Latina experience, and intentional living around the country.

Rosie is also a committed activist. She founded HAMMERS, a non-profit initiative to provide emergency home repair for low income families in her community, and Circle de Luz, a non-profit that radically empowers young Latinas by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education.

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