"It represents on side of who I am being Biracial, (I am half Puerto Rican) and I always choose to embrace my biggest trademark, instead of listening to others and conform to what people say I should do!" the Stuck in the Middle actress posted on Instagram.
Well now in a new interview, Kayla opened up some more about her unique experiences being bi-racial.
"Bullying is such a tragic thing that happens all the time, and I’ve been a victim of it. I think being bi-racial has probably had a lot to do with [the bullying]. I don’t look like everybody else. I don’t know. I have this big unique trademark [the hair] and I think people tend to comment on it a lot, and it’s something I can’t control. I was just born like that," she shared.
But she's also seen positive things come from her heritage as well, citing how what makes her special also makes her shine at casting auditions.
In honor of National bullying prevention month, I wrote "BE AUTHENTIC" on my shirt in hopes to inspire others to be authentic with themselves, and stay true to who they are. Being authentic can mean so many things, but, personally It means to be who I truly am! Saying that, I always get so many comments about my hair, and how I should try something new, change it, Straighten it (If you know me that last one is pretty cringe worthy) And I continue to stay authentic with myself, and keep it just the way I like it. It represents one side of who I am being Biracial, (I am half Puerto Rican) and I always choose to embrace my biggest trademark, instead of listening to others and conform to what people say I should do! Stay true to yourself, and be who are truly are. Authentic! #ProudToBeBiracial #AUTHENTICITY #IamLatina @disneychannel @disneychannelpr @abcbeinspired #ChooseKindness #BeInspiried #BEAuthentic
"I’ve seen ways where it can’t be like the greatest thing, because people will look at you differently when you’re in the room, and be like, 'oh god this girl looks nothing like me, I’m not going to get this role.' I’ve also been in positions where there are a bunch of other people who look just like each other, and then I’ll walk in and I don’t look like them, so that helps as well," Kayla shared.
"Lately working in this industry, I think that it’s a great time to be biracial, have an ethnicity, because I think that’s what people want to see, because there hasn’t been a lot of that on TV and film. I think it’s a great time to embrace your curls, or embrace your ethnicity if you’re biracial like me. I think it’s working in our favor right now."
We hope this becomes more and more the case!
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