Naya Rivera was a famous actress, singer, and model, most popular for her work in the iconic musical comedy-drama Glee. She played the character Santana Lopez, a mean high school cheerleader.
Naya started appearing in commercials when she was only 8 or 9 months old and even landed the role of Hillary Winston in a sitcom called The Royal Family. Even though Naya started acting at a young age, she got her big breakthrough when she was chosen to portray Santana Lopez.
Although Naya’s role as Santana was one of a negative and mean girl, people loved her anyway. She was a talented singer on screen, and many fans admired her for her amazing acting and singing skills.
Naya also won various awards, such as the Screen Actors Guild Award, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was a part of several listings of the most attractive people and was featured in People en Español’s ’50 Most Beautiful’, 2012 AfterEllen’s Hot 100 list as #1, and Maxim’s ‘Hot 100’ list thrice.
Unfortunately, Naya died on July 8th, 2020, due to a boating accident at Lake Piru. She was declared missing at first when her son, Josey, was found alone in her rented boat at the lake. However, her body was found in Lake Piru on July 13th, much to the shock of her fans and family.
Naya touched many people’s hearts and supported them by being an active philanthropist. To remember her kind-heartedness and dedication, we have listed some of the most inspiring Naya Rivera Quotes below.
Here Are Some of the Most Insightful Naya Rivera Quotes
1.“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.” ― Naya Rivera
2.“I finally worked up the nerve to tell my dad that I thought I was anorexic, which was a slap in the face to my parents. I don’t think that either of them had even known anyone with an eating disorder before, and while they knew it was a big deal, they still had no idea what to do about it. At one point, my mom even said, “Naya, this is some white-people shit.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
3.“Deep down, I knew I had more in me. If I wasn’t living up to my potential, I had no one to blame but myself. I couldn’t even blame my dad for making me pay rent.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
4.“I don’t trust people who claim to like everyone, because, really, how is that possible? If that is true, then you must not have any standards. If you care about your life, then there are going to be certain people you don’t want in it.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
5.“Success is not defined by what the people around you want. It is based on what you want for yourself.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
6.“I’d fallen back on my looks over and over because I didn’t think I had anything else to offer, but now I was starting to see that I was actually smart. Getting a graded paper on which the professor wrote ‘Well written!’ felt a million times better than getting a 25 percent tip because some d-bag got to ogle my butt when I dropped off his burger.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
7.“I knew that I wasn’t one of the prettiest or the most popular girls in school. I wasn’t a total outcast. All the popular kids gathered in the quad at lunch or between classes, and I could hang out there too if I wanted, but I knew I wasn’t going to win the crown at school dances.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
8.“I went into junior high feeling like a loser and a has-been. I didn’t want to come home after school and watch TV. I wanted to be on TV.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
9.“Most of my friends were listening to punk, but I just couldn’t get into it. While they were dying over Rise Against, I was like, “I’m sorry, but this is the whitest shit ever.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
10.“When other models would get all teary-eyed and hiccupy about holding hands with someone they didn’t know, I was always annoyed. ‘Why do we have to convince you?’ I’d think. ‘Just do your job and hold my damn hand and take the picture!’” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
11.“It’s good to get your mistakes out of the way early—as long as you learn from them!” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
12.“Abortion will always be a very controversial subject, and I thought a lot about whether I wanted to share my story in this book. I know that I’ll be judged for it and that no matter how hard I try to explain how I felt and my reasons for doing it, a lot of people won’t understand. I ultimately decided I wanted to share it because I’m not the only one with this experience. Approximately three in ten women in the United States will have an abortion by the time they are forty-five. Yet a lot of those women will go through it alone, or at least thinking they’re alone.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
13.“Your life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to be proud. In fact, I think it’s the opposite: the more imperfect your life has been, the prouder you should be, because it means you’ve come that much further and also probably had a lot more fun along the way.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
14.“If I had a dollar for every time my mother told me God had a plan, I’d probably buy a new Prada bag.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
15.“By the end of elementary school, my acting career had totally dried up. At that age, you’re too old to play a cute kid, too young to play a hot teenager, and basically, nobody wants you.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
16.“Richie wasn’t just my on-screen love; offscreen, I was convinced I was going to marry him. He could dance, and he had the best Jheri curl on TV— what more could a girl want?” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
17.“Never feel bad about cutting someone out of your life—sometimes that’s the only option. When you hang out with people who are true friends, you come away feeling lighter, more inspired to work hard, give love, and take care of yourself.” ― Naya Rivera, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
Naya Rivera’s Top 20 Quotes on Life
Naya Marie Rivera was an American actress, model, and singer. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials. Naya Rivera was a talented actress, a great mom, and kind to all who knew her.
Naya Rivera was a talented actress, model, and singer who was most popular for her role as Santana Lopez on the iconic TV musical show, Glee. She played a mean lesbian cheerleader and moved the audience with her amazing performances and songs. Naya was also a gifted singer and was nominated for two Grammy awards. Unfortunately, Naya died in 2020 due to a boating accident after being declared missing for a few days. Naya Rivera was loved by her family, friends, and fans and was a supportive part of the community.
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