Ariana DeBose is a very talented and well-known American actress, dancer, and singer born on 25 January 1991, in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. She is a very well-known face in entertainment and has really worked hard to prove her talent and become a known face.
Ariana has a military family background and thus she has covered almost the whole country with her family. She was into dancing since a very young age and people really love her performances both on stage and on screen.
Ariana DeBose’s career beginning
DeBose first appeared as a contestant in the 2009 reality television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” She didn’t win the competition but people really appreciated and loved her dance routines and soon she became everyone’s favorite.
With this show, she kick-started her career in the music industry as well and started experimenting with her singing skills. She has showcased her powerful singing skills and has performed in several events. Ariana has also released a number of songs that are a blend of pop, R&B, and soul, and her powerful voice adds life to all her compositions.
Ariana has appeared in a number of films and television series. The 2018 release film “The Greatest Showman” was huge and she was really appreciated for her acting, She also appeared in “The Politician” a Netflix series.
More about Ariana DeBose
Her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 film adaptation of “West Side Story” really made her the rising star of the industry and she started getting recognized in the entertainment industry. Ariana was mentioned in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2021 for her amazing contribution to the industry.
DeBose is very active in speaking on various issues like racism and social injustice. She has used her social media platforms to raise awareness about issues like LGBTQ+ rights and encourages others also to speak for themselves.
Ariana DeBose “West Side Story” controversy
Ariana DeBose was in the news for her controversy in the casting in the Steven Speilberg-helmed remake of the classical musical “West Side Story”. People have really criticized her for playing the character of Anita who is a Puerto Rican stating that it is a form of cultural appropriation.
The controversy first gained attention when Spielberg announced that he would be directing a new version of “West Side Story” in 2018. Ariana DeBose was later announced as one of the lead cast members, playing the role of Anita, a character who is traditionally portrayed by a Latina actress. Some people were upset that a Black actress had been cast in the role, arguing that it was a missed opportunity to give a Latina actress a chance to shine.
However, DeBose has pushed back against these criticisms, arguing that she was the best actress for the role. In an interview with The New York Times, she said, “I believe that I’m the right person for this role, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that I do it justice.” She has also pointed out that her own experiences as a Black woman inform her portrayal of Anita, and that her casting reflects a broader trend of inclusivity in Hollywood.
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