JANELLE GINESTRA

This week, the incredible Janelle Ginestra is our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY. We had the pleasure of having Janelle on our YOU GOT THIS, LA! panel back in February, and we were blown away by her powerful and beautiful answers. It wasn’t surprising to hear how inspiring and encouraging her words were, and it was exactly what our audience needed to hear. There's no questioning this beautiful lady's strong presence!

Janelle is a huge force to be reckoned with and she has undoubtedly made her mark on the industry! She is a beast on stage and in front of the camera, and you may have seen her on Glee and X Factor or in movies such as Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Honey 2, Fired Up!, and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish. Janelle has also shared the stage with popular artists such as Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez, and she has toured the world with PINK.

Janelle is rapidly becoming one of the most sought out mentors in the dance industry. Both her and her partner WilldaBeast have created a powerful and inspirational company for the next generation of dancers called IMMABEAST. Not only does Janelle teach, guide, and mentor so many young artists, but she has also really developed a sense of family and community for many young individuals. She is a leading example of what it's like to embody your truest self, and we love that she’s never afraid to be her badass self. She is fiery, passionate, positive, and unapologetically Janelle Ginestra.

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

What does female empowerment mean to you?

Literally, i think its as simple as women supporting and uplifting other women. Not ONLY just women supporting women, but men supporting women in a powerful position as well. I think it is much more rare to find women GENUINELY supporting, uplifting and rooting on other women. Honestly, I think men aren’t threatened by women, so their sense of care of when a female is in a powerful position doesn’t affect them as it would to another women. THEY ARE WRONG. I BELIEVE we all need to empower each other. But, just like any species, or culture, women should find that common bond and push one another to feel a sense of empowerment. We should want to see one another blossom and grow into powerful leaders for our future generations, and young women watching. 

What obstacles have you had to overcome to get to where you are now?

ooooooooooooo GIRL. MANY. Daddy issues, Party issues, Money issues, many issues i have really had to come to terms with. Battles trying to get where i am today. There has been many obstacles. Through my faith, through my support of family, through my own persistence and push, i have always found the light and the motivation i need to keep going. There is never a darkness that light can shine through. I always will search and fight for my light. 

What's the advice that you received along your journey that you felt made a difference?

No judgement. My mom is the most loving and least judgmental person ever. No judgement of others and no judgement of yourself. Not letting anyones opinions personally affect me or bring me down. Believing in myself , who i am, and what i bring and always leading with that. No one does YOU as good as YOU. So, do it the best you fucking can, 

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

CONFIDENT, BOLD, & BOSSY. CARING, GENEROUS, & LOVING. TRUTH, VULNERABLE, & RAW.