Ariana deBose Slams People Who Question Her Historic Oscar Win

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Ariana DeBose isn’t looking to rumble with her haters.

Seven months after becoming the first queer woman in color to win an Oscar, the actress was finally recognized. West Side StoryThe actress addressed all those who were unsure about her. “There have been insinuations that I was given an Oscar because I’m queer and because I am an Afro-Latina,”She shared her story Elle for their Women in Hollywood issue. “And that’s haterade. That’s just haterade. And I know that.”

“We wouldn’t have had conversations around my identity,”She went on: “or any of the labels associated with my name, if my work had not first been exceptional.”

She deserves all she has.

“I’ve always said, I don’t believe I should be handed anything,”The 31-year old said. “I want to earn my seat at the table. I don’t believe in everybody getting gold stars just because you tried,”She told the outlet. “I want the gold star because I busted my balls to be where I am.”

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