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

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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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My skin, very Mexican, very Oaxaqueñan and very human. From the color of my land and the diversity of its colors." ~Yalitza Aparicio It is said that the Mexica God Huitzilopochtli, God of the Sun, loved us “morena’s” so much that he kissed our skin a little longer, toasting our skin into the colors of earth…I have been staring at this image of Yalitza Aparicio in awe, in admiration, in pride, in reflection…and yes, in sadness…You see Yalitza in the nearly 38 years of my life on earth, I have never seen a woman who’s skin tone & ancestral DNA, matches mine grace the cover of any magazine in celebration of beauty. While we cannot be missed, we are not seen. While we speak, we are not heard. While we exist, we are not represented. This is a truth she knows and speaks on "Certain stereotypes are being broken: that only people with a certain profile can be actresses or be on the cover of magazines. Other faces of Mexico are now being recognized. It is something that makes me so happy and proud of my roots." As I saw the pictures, I found my eyes tracing her face, I saw myself within the colors of her skin, within her nose, cheekbones, and eyes…I wept…I wondered if she too ever felt ugly and alone amongst the other Mexicana’s because she was Morena, because she did not meet with light skinned beauty standard. I wondered if the other girls told her she wasn’t “Mexican enough” & the indio’s told her she wasn’t “native enough” thus being so confused on where she belonged in the world…I wondered if she too used skin lightening cream; if spoke differently, if she acted “white” in an effort to be accepted, to feel beautiful. I wondered if she bleached her mustache, or waxed it, if the hair on the rest of her body was course. Did she touch her wide hips and full breasts in appreciation or shame? Did she admire her thick lips & black shiny hair, or only wore chapstick to not draw attention to her mouth or try to dye her hair blond? I wondered if like me, one day she awoke to her own power & claimed her magnificence, her beauty. Cause gosh Yalitza Aparicio, is just so pretty…pretty like me…❤ #yalitzaaparicio #vouge #brownisbeautiful #brownlikeme #morena #indigenousbeauty

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I want to share with all of you the emotion that gives me to see that dreams are fulfilled and cultural barriers transcend. A beautiful Oaxacan woman conquers the cinema, and inspires me to follow my goal and my goals: to make the world know the cultural richness of my beautiful state of Oaxaca and my country Mexico. . Congratulations @yalitzaapariciooficial . . @yalitzaapariciomtz . . #yalitzaaparicio #romamovie #romapelicula #mexicanblogger #mexicanatyle #oaxacanwoman #mexicanwoman #mexicanwomendoitbetter #mexicantalent #mexicanbloggers #mexico #cinemexico #mexicanas #mexicana #mexicans #mexicanpeople #moviestar #mexicandream #mexicanshop #vogue #voguemexico #mexicanoutfit #alfonsocuaronroma #romamexico #cinemexicano #mixteca #oaxaca #oaxaqueña #mexicanculture #mexicanhandmade

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