Tue, 30 May 2023

Lauren Rosas is a Los Angeles-based Musician and Industry Talent Liaison. From her music's theatrical storylines and rose-colored feeds to her helpful advice, Rosas is finally opening up about her newly packaged image.

At first glance, Rosas's character may evoke you with a sense of dreamlike wonder; however, behind the bubbly and sometimes sultry appearance, there is an unusual inspiration for her new look. Rosas explains that it is a montage of the forgotten origins of the retro board game Candy Land, Valentine's Day, The Fantanas, and the hidden challenges of re-entering the entertainment industry with a physical disability.

Candy Land, known for its colorfully decorated lollipop forests and jovial characters, has a surprisingly dark history. In the 1940s, as polio spread across the globe, America struggled with its own epidemic. With the number of cases growing and more children becoming bedridden at home and in hospitals, Candy Land was created to help players with 'feelings of monetary relief along with the illusion of movement.' Some of the game's earlier designs even depicted a disabled character wearing a leg brace.

As far as The Fantanas, Rosas explains that whenever she saw them on a Fanta commercial, she felt at ease and comforted, and she admired that many were flamboyant, beautiful women of color.

Rosas goes on to say, 'After the shock of my situation settled in, there was a grueling adjustment period. I remember compulsively filling my room with bright colors, heart decorations, candy shaped pillows - anything to ease the pain of life with a new disability. I remember obsessing and spending hours fantasizing about what I would do, sometimes for days or weeks on end.'

One day while in bed, she was scrolling online and came across the history of the game Candy Land. 'Instantly, I felt a deep sense of relatability,' she recalls. 'It was a forgotten game with an untold story, one rooted in pain and disability. Yet again, boxed up and buried by the entertainment industry.'

Anger quickly swept over her. She began replaying every piece of media she had consumed in her life, ultimately coming to an unsettling conclusion: Hollywood wasn't in the business of creating 'disabled superstars' or even showing true disability at all.

'I knew something had to change, and if I could do it, I might as well try,' says Rosas. 'I hope my time here as Lauren Rosas inspires people to face their worlds with a fierce sense of delusional optimism, all while providing them and their families with tools they can use to move forward.'

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