LGBTQ+ Latines Are Well-Represented in Vogue’s Sept. Issue

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In lieu of the annual, fashion-industry-standard-forecast that is Vogue’s epic September Issue, the publication organized around the particularly timely, much-needed reminder of Hope for 2020. Not only is this move unique in concept, but also in its breadth: All 26 editions of the magazine are united in this heartening spotlighting of inspiring figures worldwide.

Oftentimes publications can’t seem to mesh both inclusivity and diversity but, across the board, Vogue chose a range of folks who represent a variety of identities, races, abilities, and nationalities. Vogue Mexico’s edition is no exception. The LGBTQ+ community is integrated in an especially unprecedented way, too; it’s not often one sees this wide a range of identities and orientations from a publication that does not cater specifically to queer and trans audiences.

The idea for the project came from Roberto Johnson, a Honduras-born stylist who ultimately also served as creative director, and worked closely with Boom! Models & Talent in selecting the group presented. Charged with photographing this crop of the change-makers was Juan Veloz. His images of Legendary judge and “Wonder Woman of Vogue” Leiomy Maldonado, MJ Rodríguez of Pose, rapper Ms. Boogie, and actor Marquise Wilsón Balenciaga serve—in combination with several more artists and activists—to show the range of LGBTQ+ expression. Neither queer nor trans looks one certain way, and Veloz excels in showcasing that reality.

On the cover of Vogue Mexico are Dominican models Ambar Cristal Zarzuela and Hiandra Martínez in vibrant, oversized florals, styled by Gabriella Karefa-Johnson and photographed by Renell Medrano.

There’s more, of course. Like this year, this edition of Vogue’s content is unprecedented. (Unlike this year, though, we hope Vogue’s Hope Issue reoccurs.)

Update: This piece has been updated to include the work of Johnson.