Former Cheetah Girl comes to Syracuse University to share her success with students

Adrienne Bailon comes to Syracuse University to discuss her road to success and her pride in representing Latina women.

"I'm one of you. I want girls to be able to relate to me and  say 'Oh my god I wash my panties in the shower too.'"

The Eta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon Senoritas Latinas Unidas, Sorority Inc. proudly brought Adrienne Bailon on Thursday, March 27th as their guest speaker to discuss the topic "Embracing the Woman" for their founder's  week. Bailon spoke about her upbringing  in a Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian household in New York City's famous LES community and how that has helped mold her into the influential women she is today.

From humble beginnings in her church's choir, Bailon received her first taste of the limelight while sharing the stage with Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden. Since that pivotal moment, Bailon knew that she wanted to be a performer and claims that whenever people asked her to sing she would quickly reply,"do you want it in English or Spanish?"

Bailon categorizes herself as an "Urban Latina". In addition to answering general questions, the multi-talented artist discussed her experience as a woman of color in show business. As a Latina actress she has faced many obstacles in finding roles that call for brown women. However, being fluent in two languages has helped open doors for her in both her acting and musical career. "The Cheetah Girls" was her biggest break and made her the first Latina to star on the Disney Channel. Bailon descrbes "the legacy [she] has left with the Cheetah girls" as one of the highlights of her career.

Bailon continues to be a positive role model for young Latina woman. As a co-host of the daytime talk show, The Real, Bailon seeks to establish a connection with other girls through personal experiences that include  love, family, and even fashion!

Adrienne Bailon is a true inspiration for the Latino community. She has stayed true to her roots, and is even setting down her own with the ever-expanding network of aspring Latina women. She has given a voice to her community in show business and is definitely one to keep an eye on.

From the endless list of Syracuse guest speakers, it is my opinon that Bailon is amongst the most humble and down to earth.

You can catch Adrienne Bailon this Fall co-hosting The Real alongside Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai, Loni Love, and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

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