As Dayanara Diaz on "Orange Is the New Black," Dascha Polanco doesn't get to show off her rockin' bod under all those prison scrubs. But man, does she put it all out there for Urban Ink magazine!
The 33-year-old actress flaunts her curves in the fall issue of the mag, showing off her physique in a green one-piece, metallic shoulder armor and heels while also opening up about her "life struggle" with her size.
"My insecurities came physically, like being fat," she explains. "So all my life I'm like 'how can I be an actress when on TV, I don't see anybody that's like curvaceous or anybody that's really fat or that looks like me?"
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While the entertainment and fashion industry is slowly but surely getting better with its representation of women who aren't a size zero, Polanco is happy to represent for the "regular" gals in the meantime.
"I'm trying to do the same way you have a size zero individual on Vogue looking fantastic. You can have somebody that's a regular size -- cause I'm not a plus size, so I don't fit into the plus size, I don't fit into the petite, I'm right in the middle," she tells the mag. "I range from eight to 12; this has been my life struggle. I'm either the eight, when I'm the biggest, I'm a 12. We too can be there, we too are talented, we too can be sexy or whatever, we too can be athletic. We too can be a CEO, we can be as equal as anyone has been for years. That's whole method of working, of thinking."
"I'm not like the rest! I'm here to represent all the girls who thought their weight and their, well, middle class background meant they had limitations on who and what they could be," she proudly exclaims. "Listen to me, that is all bulls--t!"
Polanco attended New York Fashion Week earlier this week once again rocking a swimsuit and heels, proudly showing off her figure in the revealing getup. For her, she says fashion is an escape.
"People always say 'You always seem so confident,'" she says. "This is a formula. When I'm in a place, a social gathering, I never allow them to know that I feel insecure. Whatever I'm wearing, that's why I love fashion. That's my armor, my protection. You may think I'm insecure darling, but you see I'm not. And once I go home it's like 'oh my gawd,' and I gotta take everything I have off. Ah, gimme that burger and that batta!"