Women’s magazines across the world don’t have the best history of featuring women of color on their covers. So when Vogue Mexico revealed one of its 2019 covers is fronted by Yalitza Aparicio – the Indigenous star of Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. And it’s a big deal – both to the world of high fashion and to people who hardly see themselves represented in positive ways.
The young woman, who has received much buzz for her performance, used the cover as an opportunity to talk about embracing her roots. “Stereotypes that only one type of person can aspire to be in a movie or on the cover of a magazine are being broken,” she said in a video for Vogue. “They’re getting to know other faces from Mexico and that’s something that makes me so happy and proud of my roots.”
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“Nunca te podrías deslindar de tu origen, el hecho de que yo olvidara eso sería olvidar quién soy” | Empezamos el año #vogue20 con una portada que me llena de mucho orgullo presentarla, honrando a una gran mujer que está siendo inspiración para el mundo @yalitzaapariciomtz @romacuaron @voguemexico @santiagoandmauricio estilismo: @pamelaocampo realización: @re_montemayor entrevista: @enriquetorresmeixueiro maquillaje: @mono_godinez peinado: @manueloliva10 Set Design: @monsecastera | In 2019 we celebrate our 20th anniversary, I am honored to have Yalitza Aparicio on our January cover photographed in Mexico City by Mexican photographers. Thank you @re_montemayor for your brilliant idea! Magazines are proof that working together as a team you create great content! #yalitzaenvoguemx
Since the reveal of the cover, the images of Yalitza wearing Dior have been widely circulated online. And with many of the reposts of the notable portada, people are sharing sweet messages about what it means to them. With short and long captions, they’re letting the world know that with Yalitza’s cover they see themselves, they see their families, and they see the world they live in.
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