Led by Karla Martinez de Salas, Vogue Mexico and Latin America have released some memorable and sometimes groundbreaking covers. There was an issue with actor Yalitza Aparicio (January 2019), the one presented by a group of Afro-Dominican models with their natural hair (Sept. 2019) and the one with Paloma Elsesser who Chanel on the Beach Wear (April 2019). The magazine has made a determined effort to attract talent from the region – and for its latest issue, it focuses on two of Puerto Rico's biggest stars: the artist Bad Bunny and model Joan Smalls.
I will say that though, I am absolutely biased when I say I adore this cover. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Smalls is my favorite model. (I have it very clear in my intro post for this very site, because I'm nothing if I'm not committed to it. And the brand comes from Puerto Rico.) I've been listening to YHLQMDLG, the latest album from Bad Bunny, more or less continuously since it dropped last month. (Stream it on Spotify!) So yeah, you could say I was excited when the images dropped.
Vogue Mexico and Latin America posted the joint cover on Thursday afternoon. The accompanying caption explains in Spanish how the photo shoot took place in early March and how the team is now looking back on the reminder that they are ready as motivation when they are able to get back together and create something special (since, on the at this moment it is not possible the global pandemic.)
& # 39; At this difficult moment facing us worldwide, & # 39; a photo shoot like this one doesn't seem possible, & # 39; read it (roughly translated by me). & # 39; We share it from our homes, & # 39; an issue that can feel parallel to reality as things have changed within a few weeks, days. It means a lot to us, after all. It's our car as a team to see a future (not too far) in which we can bring you these stories from anywhere in Mexico and Latin America. & # 39;
And do you know what? In a time when I'm scared, when I'm worried about both my current city and the beautiful island I grew up in, one that has been through so much, this cover brought me joy. Lots of it. So I have to share it with everyone.
You can see all the footage of the recording, taken by Gorka Postigo, and read the accompanying cover story, written by Atenea Morales de la Cruz in Spanish Vogue Mexico and Latin America website. Apparently (and by that I mean by Martinez de Salas' Instagram), another April 2020 cover with Smalls and a Colombian music star will drop soon; I don't know what I did to earn it.
If you need me, I listen to "Yo Perreo Sola" in self-isolation for the thousandth time.