They’re not forcing the Latina stereotype on her—they’re just letting her be who she is and letting her personality prevail. The Latina [label] is just an added part to her, but it isn’t everything she is and that’s what I resonated with. I was born in the U.S., and raised here, but I very much still identify with my Brazilian culture. I’m not more Brazilian than I am American or vice-versa—I’m very much a combination of all of those things. Veronica is very much the same way. I think [Riverdale] is doing a good job with seeing beyond her ethnicity.
Camila Mendes photographed by Robin Harper for V Magazine