First of all, let's talk about her gorgeousness. It's about time someone from the interracial Filipino community represents us in the media. She's a great person to look up to and is doing greatness for so many minorities.
Secondly, I applaud her for her role as Emily in PLL. As you all know, or should know, I'm a huge Pretty Little Liars fan and think the show is making a positive impact on the way society views things, especially bullying and the LGBT community. What's so great about Shay is that she takes on the role and doesn't make a big deal of whether or not she has to get in character. She has moved so many of the LGBT youth to come out and be accepted into society, which media should emphasize for younger teens. Media is finally moving this to be a norm, and it's a great movement for our society.
With that being said, I just want to thank you Shay for being such a positive role model and how so many of us look up to you. Keep on being you and thank you for being brave.