Longoria honoured with Latino’s Visionary award
The former 40-year-old Desperate Housewives star was given the honour in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Latinos through entertainment and philanthropy.
She was presented the prize by Roselyn Sanchez, who stars in Longoria’s TV series Devious Maids.
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“It’s not only an opportunity, but a responsibility to make sure others recognise all the contributions we are bringing to American pop culture and society in general.”
She also used her acceptance speech to subtly take aim at presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who stunned Latinos in June when he suggested many Mexican immigrants to American were “rapists”.
Longoria added, “It’s our responsibility to make sure we are not what people see on the news - that being Latino is not synonymous with being illegal, that being Latino is not synonymous with being undocumented or not from here.
“It’s up to the people in this room to support each other. So many beautiful, young people, all these 10 Latinos To Watch, there are about 100 to watch and all you guys who have not been recognised.”
Among the others feted at the ceremony were actor Diego Boneta, Orange Is The New Black star Diane Guerrero, and How To Get Away With Murder actor Karla Souza.