Who is Francia Raísa? 6 Things to Know About This Inspiring Woman

You can probably recognize 29-year-old performer, Francia Raísa, from the big-screen. But her name has been more recognized recently for her profound generosity in helping improve the life of her best friend, Selena Gomez. Get to know this selfless and fun chica below. 

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1. She donated her Kidney to Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez revealed on Thursday that she underwent a kidney transplant in efforts to treat Lupus, an autoimmune disease that she has been battling for years. Longtime friend, Raísa was the generous kidney donor and gave what Gomez calls, "the ultimate gift." Raísa posted a picture to Instagram of the two in hospital beds around the time of the procedure, part of the caption read; "I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process. This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story." The Latinas' met 10 years ago while going to a Children's Hospital with Disney and ABC Family.


2. She's an Actress

The brunette beauty, who is most popular for her appearance in Bring It On: All or Nothing, has worked on over 25 projects including roles on the TV Series, The Mindy Project, and The Secret Life of The American Teenager. 

3. She got the moves!


#mood @jerseyluv7 knew I would love this one

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The actress has posted numerous sexy videos of her dancing in heels, videos that show off her fabulous technique. Some of the Instagram posts have taken place at the famous Millennium Dance Complex located in Los Angeles, California. 

4. She's a proud Latina

Raísa was born in Los Angeles to parents, Renán Almendárez Coello and Virginia Almendarez. Coello is a Honduran radio personality and Almendarez is Mexican. The bilingual actress has showed off both her Spanish and English speaking abilities by posting on her social media accounts in both languages. Fun fact: the Latin star told us back in 2013, that her favorite Christmas tradition is eating tamales!



5. She's political

Raísa is not afraid to get political on her platforms and has posted, on several occasions, in disagreement with some of President Trump's policies. Her latest post was a tweet in both Spanish and English disapproving of Trump's rescindment of DACA; "I'm at a loss for words. This is not right. Mi gente, a trabajar. Tenemos una vos y maldita sea lo vamos a usar #DACA."

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6. She has other famous friends

The Latin star has been seen in photos with Jordin Sparks, Pia Toscano, Meagan Good, Ashley Tisdale, Romeo, Gina Rodriguez and with Black-ish's, Yara Shahidi.