Rent Original Daphne Rubin-Vega, What's Underneath
Ripping Through the Racism, Sexism, & Ageism in Showbiz

This What’s Underneath episode features the untamed style and truth of Rent OG Daphne Rubin-Vega.

An original of originals through and through, she originated the role of Mimi Marquez in 1996 (clothes and all). Today, in her 40s, Daphne remains healthily unplugged from the status quo and more herself than ever. She is courageously upfront about showbiz’s sexism, ageism against women, and its racism against Latinas. In fact, the pressures have been so agonizing that she confesses to getting a boob and nose job, due to the belief that it would help her career, only to admit that it ultimately hasn’t made a different.

Currently, Daphne is living her dream, which is doing what she loves in the way that she loves it most. In her new solo play, Empanada Loca, she is a one-act force-of-nature, receiving the highest of accolades from the establishment that she has worked so hard to breakthrough: “I appreciate being called a success. But the truth is, I’m more than success: I’m a fucking miracle.”

For all of how Daphne has overcome the prejudice against her class, race, and gender to become a Tony-nominated actress who’s ripping through Broadway norms, watch her video above. Then spread her truth by sharing this post with your friends and loved ones!

With warmth and love,
Elisa + Lily

Follow Daphne on Twitter: @daphnerubinvega
Follow her on Instagram: @daphnerubinvega
Daphne's episode was edited by Andrea Cruz
What's Underneath is produced by Elisa, Lily, & Mona

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  • Gloria Aimee Figueroa

    Hands down, my favorite What's underneath video, by far! Absolutely love hearing Latina women speak about their life experiences.

  • Slade Cullen

    It makes me sad to hear so many beautiful, creative women say they have such problems with their bodies (as I do). This woman is beautiful.

    • Stylista

      But at the same time, there's beauty in the honesty...growing up the women around me never expressed that and it made me feel wierd that i had those feelings about my i was the only one kind of thing...i do think in some sense those women who surrounded me were more grounded and weren't as taken (or shaken by issues with) by their outward appearance but for me the point was i wanted to hear them express the things that they were struggling with...but i get you...and she is beautiful...

  • Keiji yamada

    Stylelikeu , Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelubaun and Mona Kowalska's
    act to my mother is the grave and systemic abuse of human right of people with disabilities.

    My mother was forced to sign on the papers .
    Their team were 5 people.

    My mom was alone in the video shooting studio.
    When a blind person signs the contract , her spouse or trusted would set
    her hand on the line.

    Without any explanation one of team members set my mom's hand on the line right before the video shooting.

    This is the violation .
    Not legally binding contract .

    Contrary, this is one of their systemic abuse of human right of blind people.

  • Keiji yamada

    We are thinking to bring this case here .
    I can download a form and my mom can call them.

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