Gina Rodriguez and New Boyfriend Joe LoCicero Make Cute Red Carpet Debut at First Annual Young Women's Honors
By Lynda Brendish
Gina Rodriguez hosted the first annual Marie Claire Young Women's Honors awards show over the weekend, but it wasn’t just her inspiring words that had people talking -- it was also the new man on her arm!
The Jane the Virgin star took actor Joe LoCicero as her date to the event, which was also attended Katie Holmes, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Laverne Cox. The two could barely keep their eyes off each other, judging by the adorable red carpet photos.
The 32-year-old actress wore a black halter-neck dress with mesh paneling, while LoCicero sported a dapper navy blue suit and tie.
In addition to hosting, Rodriguez was a producer for the event, which honors young Millennial women creating a positive impact in their world. Honorees included Final Five gymnast Simone Biles, Fereshteh Forough, who founded Code to Inspire, a website for women and girls in Afghanistan, and Dr. Vanessa Kerry, the founder of a global initiative to place health professionals abroad to train and build local health services.
Rodriguez gave an impassioned speech during the ceremony, touching on her childhood dreams and her desire to see the next generation of women continue to break barriers.
"This has been a dream of mine since I was very young," Rodriguez said, according to E! News. "I wanted to see images of myself on screen, I wanted to know I belonged, I wanted to know I was enough, I wanted to know I was strong. I wanted to know I was capable. I wanted to know I was possible. And every single woman in this room who came to be part of this project, that is helping me bring this project to a reality, is all that and more."
"Our honorees are everything I dreamt of having when I was a young girl," she added."Now we get to do that for the next generation. We get to do that ourselves, for any generation, at any point, anything is possible. Especially now during this time we're living in."
The Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors airs December 19 at 9pm ET on The CW.