Latin America is having a “moment”
When a country that has dealt with a single party rule for nearly a 100 years, finally experiences a real sense of democracy, I expect the change to presume progress and stability, in due time of course. So in the year 2000, when Vicente Fox became the first democratic president of Mexico, everyone was really happy and hopeful for change. His campaign encouraged an optimistic future that involved political, economical, and social stability. Unfortunately, his presence in office did not successfully lay out the democratic carpet that the country was hoping for, but instead his legacy continues to live on through the parodial skits of Mexican television.
But besides having dealt with all this political mumbo jumbo and inefficient presidents, Mexico has managed to create a city spewing out young creatives. Mexico City, as deemed by The Cut, is having a moment, where it has become a desirable city filled with an amazing art and fashion scene.
Hearing this makes me really happy. I love the fact that for once in a long time, major publications are acknowledging the more positive aspects of Mexico and what its main city and culture have to offer.
It was until I came across The Cut’s article, “Meet Worldwide Limited: The ‘Opening Ceremony of Mexico” and alternative Latin media website, Remezcla that I realized that Mexico was no longer going to be thought of as the land of tacos and tequila, but it had evolved into so much more. Mexico City was often cast in the shadows of its popular and wild sisters, Cabo and Cancun, but those days are over, because she has grown up. The city is now filled with young creatives, building their own labels, making their own art, and on the way, securing platforms for more Mexican creatives to showcase their talent and passion. It is truly amazing.
It is hard to think that the capital city of a country that is continually dictated by corrupt politics , has really managed to turn the city into the region’s epicenter of art and fashion. To me, this is all very exciting because, for once a Latin American country like Mexico is gaining more positive recognition, which it deserves. I also feel it can create a domino effect, inspiring and encouraging more influential creatives to explore beyond Mexico and dive into the neighboring country’s creative scene like in Guatemala, Belize, or El Salvador.
Countries like Guatemala and El Salvador are notoriously known for constantly battling issues of violence and corruption, and most headlines spew just that. However, these countries offer much more than the eye can see. They are vibrant and full of culture and they are also filled with aspiring artists and fashion designers that are looking and wanting to have some sort of recognition. It’s apparent that there have not been enough artistic platforms created for the Latino community, but with this new influx of young Latino artists, I find the future to be promising. Because of artists like Carla Valdivia of Worldwide Limited and notable publications such as Condé Nast, Mexico along with other countries are now being recognized for something other than violence and corruption. This opens up a whole new realm and world or opportunities, that is welcoming marginalized cultures into a white dominated industry. If this isn’t perceived as revolutionary, then I don’t know what is.