New American Girl (5 photos)

In a fitting choice for a steamy month, actress Eva Mendes nabbed W magazine's July cover. "I don't consider myself a Latin American actress. I was born and raised here, and I have Cuban parents, but for me, I am the new American girl," says the stunning star, who was born in Florida and raised in Los Angeles. "It's not only Drew Barrymore and the blond Mid-western girl. This, [pointing to her face] is also what we look like now." On romance: "I'm a modern woman in the sense of I take care of myself, I'm fiercely independent, and I'm really ambitious. Yet I have these old-school thoughts in my mind. I do like to belong to a man. I love having a man in my life, and being his woman at the end of the day. I know it's a dichotomy."

W magazine website

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