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Boss of The American Day Dream
by Oscar Diaz
My tweet read:
“Envy Me. On the way to a screening of BEAUTIES AND THE BOSS at the home of one of its stars Diane Jay Gonzalez.”
Diane’s Twitter profile reads like a recipe for the ultimate American fantasy:
Actress/Comedic Improv & Sketch GENIUS. Intellectual bada$$. I Love Food, Football & Crossfit. Currently starring in Beauties & The Boss on Mun2.”
I drive to a beautiful home in Clear Lake, Texas, just outside of Houston, where the real reality is going down, as family members, fans, friends and media gather to see Diane in 3D and on TV.
Our American Dream has graduated to Reality TV.
The original American Dream is in that room.
Her parents are Joe and Alma Gonzalez, proprietors of a chain of Mexican restaurants. They, like our parents, worked hard so that she, and we, could pursue our dreams.
And she is.
Of course, first she graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Houston.
This was after attending Clear Lake High School and taking the same Drama class as her sister Gina. Same class, same family different dreams. Gina went on to become a leader in the Accounting field. Diane, well, according to her Facebook profile, she became the president of Bangladesh and studied at the U.S. Space Program. The World Renowned Sinner jokes that she has telekinetic abilities. She is The Alpha Female.
She is part of the generation redefining what the American Dream means to us, the role of women, how Latinos are perceived, and making sure Latinos are perceived.
Now, let me tell you what the American Day dream is. A day dream consists of thoughts that run through our minds while we are either doing or are supposed to be doing something, or could be doing other things. These are the easiest and fastest images, thoughts, profiles, stereotypes that occur to us when we don’t want to think too hard.
We know reality shows are a glimpse of life in the U.S. with a grain, okay, a ton of salt.
However, now, we are on the set.
Latinos are at the forefront of the American Imagination in terms of demographics, politics and entertainment.
What that means is being defined in this living room, on that TV set, blaring across America, and our gorgeous Senator for Culture is sitting right there, glamorous, next to her mom and dad.
On the screen, she is getting into a fight!
We are cheering her on.
The show follows the lives of models who work at Assorted Flavors, a Los Angeles-based promotional modeling agency. Their gigs range from supermarket openings to glamorous red carpet affairs. You get an insight into the hustle necessary to make it in Hollywood.
This episode features your daydreams on steroids.
Diane and her beautiful friends attend a hot L.A. nightclub that we could never get into.
Gorgeous women dance, greasy buff dudes stand and gawk, and then there’s a fight.
Now, I know Diane can battle.
I have seen her master the gentle poses of Pilates, the complicated stances of yoga, Crossfit Ganbatte. Her core is hard core. I have held down her long legs as she’s destroyed sit-ups.
At the same time, she is the epitome of feminine. Her legs and finely arched soles are sheer silk. I know. I’ve given her foot massages after her weekly pedicures (Actually, she gets them every 5 days).
But she can also pack a punch. I’ve held the focus mitts during her boxing workouts. She hits harder than some guys I know. Well, harder than you, anyway, not me.
But before we let that reality whisk us away, let’s keep it real.
Here, at her viewing party, in Clear Lake, the house is L.A.- beautiful. There is a pool, patio, huge grill, beautiful furniture.
Here, she is a daughter, a sister, a hero.
The girls in this room are dressed like her, with sashes that say her name.
Her parents could not be prouder.
And yes, here, too, she stands out. You can tell she is a TV star. She looks it. She is tall, she is svelte, she has a million dollar smile, she is graceful, and she just brought her dad some food on a plate.
In our reality she is our princess, our reina fighting the good fight. That is the new Mexican American Condition. She is our Mexican American champion.
There is the reality of that TV screen. And there is the reality of this room where several generations have poured love, care, understanding into the mind and body of a beautiful young lady who is emboldened with the knowledge that she cannot fail.
She cannot do any wrong.
She is our champ already.
We have all poured our hopes and love into her heart to see her succeed, to see the American Day Dream that parades across our TV screens.
And we know that this beauty, she is the real boss.