Political heavy-hitters are equally smitten: "I like that her look is so versatile," said White House executive Katherine Vargas."She can be glamorous at an awards show but then look very professional when working on her political organization."The world really got to know Longoria in 2004 on as Gabrielle Solis, a bratty former model who chose to punish her inattentive husband by having an affair with the yard boy.The future success of America is intricately tied to the future success of the Hispanic community.And it's the women of these communities—the mothers, sisters, daughters—who make the world go around. But it's mostly exciting because we have to support and lift each other up.GBL: You've campaigned for melanoma awareness among Latinas, so what's your stance on tanning?__EL:__Let me tell you, a vacation's not a vacation unless it involves the beach. If you're on the beach with me, I will spray you down with SPF 50-plus.
Celebrities adore her—"Everything that Eva is doing for the Latin community is absolutely phenomenal," actress Gina Rodriguez, of , told us last fall.
We should've hated her but instead found ourselves rooting for her every Sunday night.
Sure, this Mexican American former Miss Corpus Christi, Texas, was beautiful, and her character wonderfully campy, but she was also a Latina on prime-time TV. By the time the show ended its spectacular run in 2012, Longoria had secured everything that comes with fame, including a L' Oréal Paris contract and a high-profile marriage to (and subsequent divorce from) NBA player Tony Parker. to becoming a powerhouse activist, producer, businesswoman—that's quite an evolution! __EVA LONGORIA:__I've always been business-minded. I worked in corporate America before becoming an actress and knew that acting wasn't the end but a means to an end.
But I do think that we are severely underrepresented in television and film.
And instead of complaining about not seeing ourselves, we should become film producers, directors, and writers, and tell our story. Give us the nitty-gritty of how you take care of it.__EL:__Honestly, I'm just blessed because I'm Mexican. Kenny [Longoria's longtime hairstylist Ken Paves] always says to me, "Geez, everybody comes in asking what extensions do you have in, and I say, No, she's Mexican.