Yalitza Aparicio Martínez, Star of 'Roma', Lands the Cover of Vogue México y Latinoamérica
Yalitza Aparicio Martínez, star of the critically acclaimed film “Roma”, is Vogue México y Latinoamérica’s cover star for their January 2019 issue. Originally from the rural southern town of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, in Mexico with indigenous Mixtec ancestry, Aparicio Martínez graces the cover dressed in Dior’s 2019 resort collection in a sleek low bun, resting on a vintage chair, while beautifully gazing into the lens next to the words “a star is born” in both Spanish and the indigenous Mixteco language.
The oaxaqueña actress looks stunning on the cover, which is being lauded by many for finally featuring an indigenous woman as its star—in couture high fashion inspired by Mexico’s escamaruza riders, and made in Mexico. Her Vogue cover provides a representation of Mexico’s indigenous population and the significance of the community within the Mexican identity. It rejects the notion of Western beauty and recognizes that of our hermanas indígenas. Proudly sitting on her throne, resilient, and in what almost feels like an act of defiance is an indigenous woman on a prominent high-fashion magazine cover.
Vogue México y Latinoamérica’s editor-in-chief, Karla Martínez de Salas, said of the cover, “I am proud to present on the cover of Vogue Mexico a woman who fully reflects what Mexico is like in the world.”
This cover has been long overdue—especially since the fashion industry is notorious for citing indigenous culture as “inspiration.” Yet, it has always felt like a long shot since the industry is also notorious for failing to include people from these communities (and many other minority groups) as stars of campaign shoots, in editorials, and/or on the runway. Now, it’s more possible than ever if we continue to vocalize and hold deep dialogues on what her appearance signifies for Latinxs everywhere.
Accompanying the cover is an in depth interview with Aparicio Martínez where she recounts anecdotes from her life, her experience portraying the housekeeper “Cleo” in Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón's “Roma,” plus a short video in which she says, “Stereotypes that only one type of person can aspire to be in a movie or on the cover of a magazine are being broken. They’re getting to know other faces from Mexico and that’s something that makes me so happy and proud of my roots.”
Vogue México y Latinoamérica’s January 2019 issue will be published December 27th. See Yalitza Aparicio Martínez in “Roma” now on Netflix or in theaters.