Because I was taught to stay away from certain styles because they were too “mexican”. With phrases like “the bigger the hoop, the bigger the hole” when I loved wearing big earrings. Being told that red hair against my brown skin looked “ghetto” instead of fierce and bold. Wearing stylish flannels like the pretty pastel haired girls on tumblr and being told I look like a “chola”. Working hard to get rid of my slang because society taught me that it was “unflattering”. That bright red lips were too much. That my natural intense brows are now a makeup “fad”. When in reality all this shit was made up by people that want to put us down for claiming our own identity.
To be “Xicana” with an “X” is to reclaim your roots. To acknowledge you come from greatness. Because of our ancestors’ resistance we are in existence. Somos Mujeres indigenas de las “Americas” Viva las mujeres xingonas!
Models: Madam Monster @no_love_all_hustle Daisy A. @oopsieedaisy18 and Erica H @erikuhhduhh
Photographer: Denise Juliet @djulietphotography
#xicanas #nicantlaca #NOTlatina #NOThispanic #mexicanas #chichimeca #barriosunidos #barriologan #westcoast #taniafonseca
18 YEARS AGO TODAY members of Mujeres de Maiz were in Chiapas, Mexico for the Encuentro Cultural Chican@ Indigen@ Por La Humanidad y Contra El Neoliberalismo… And the rest was HERSTORY! We helped to organize, plan and participate in this Encuentro in August of 1997 along with many other LA based artists, activists and community members. This week of learning and sharing our commonalities and differences and dialogung with the Zapatista women and men and then creating art music, dance, poetry y mas in the afternoons was one of the most important lessons and experiences of our lives and profoundly influenced the ARTivism and work of MdM and many other collectives & spaces. In these Throwback Thursday photos members of In Lak Ech and MdM share and create with the Zapatista women. On The Left is Rachel Thorsen VelIz @lady_longie13 working on the collective mural. On the Right is Liza Hita and Felicia Montes @feevaone sharing w/ the women. TODOS SOMOS RAMONA! #ezln #zapatismo #zapatista #encuentro #gathering #mujeresdemaiz #TBT #organizing #artivism #artivists #dialogue #chicana #xicana #xicanas #artivista #zapatistas