Vogue Mexico to use third-gender cover model for the first time

Image via Instagram

For the first time, a third-gender model has been used on
the cover of Vogue Mexico.

It is believed to also be the first time in Vogue’s 120-year
history that a “muxe” (pronounced MOO-she) model has appeared in one of their
magazines. The term muxe is a Mexican identity for indigenous third-gender
individuals, derived from the Spanish word for woman, mujer.

Muxes, particular to the Zapotec community of southern
Mexico, have been considered a third gender in Mexican culture for centuries.
Other cultures worldwide also acknowledge native third-gender individuals, in
countries including Tahiti, India, and Samoa.

The cover, which will appear on the December edition of the
magazine, features 37-year-old Zapoteca muxe, Estrella Vazquez. The photoshoot
from which It is drawn was a collaboration between Vogue Mexico and British
Vogue, with the images to be used in both magazines.  Vogue Mexico will run two covers from the
shoot on its December edition, and one will feature the image of Vazquez.

In a post on Instagram, Vogue México y Latinoamérica
(@voguemexico) said:

“In a world in which labels seem essential, muxes appear as
that figure that refuses to be typecast. The third gender has an important role
in the Zapoteca history and becomes the living proof that ancestral magic still
walks on this land.”

Image via Instagram

Vazquez, who is a designer and weaver, commented to Reuters
that Vogue’s decision to include a third-gender model is a reflection the
increasing awareness and acceptance of trans and gender non-conforming people
in Mexico.

“I think it’s a huge step,” they said. “There’s still
discrimination, but it’s not as much now and you don’t see it like you once

LGBTQ people continue to face prejudice in many parts of
Mexico, but there have been advances in trans rights within the last few years.
In many states, trans people are now allowed to change the sex on their birth
certificate and official documents by simple request to do so, without the
requirement to undergo surgical procedures or obtain a doctor’s diagnosis.

Published at Tue, 26 Nov 2019 03:32:23 +0000