August 25, 2010

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Rafael Esquer

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Why Latin Divas? Why Now? Why Seven?

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WHY LATIN DIVAS? WHY NOW? WHY SEVEN? by Rafael Esquer Think of one Latin graphic icon… No doubt the one that comes to mind is that stencilled image of Che Guevara. But I often wonder why Latin culture is not represented by a female icon. After all, Latin America has …

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WHY LATIN DIVAS? WHY NOW? WHY SEVEN?
by Rafael Esquer

Think of one Latin graphic icon…

No doubt the one that comes to mind is that stencilled image of Che Guevara.

But I often wonder why Latin culture is not represented by a female icon. After all, Latin America has given birth to some of the most charismatic women of our time.

My admiration for strong, resilient Latin women began, of course, with the women in my own family in Mexico: my mother, a hard-working ranchera; and my grandmother, a wise matriarch with 14 children.

To honor and celebrate the spirit of Latin women, I have created Seven Latin Divas, the second T-shirt collection from Alfalfa New York. Seven immortal women from the worlds of film, art, music, and politics are the stars. I believe any of them deserves to become the Latin icon for our century.

I have created these original graphic images in a striking posterized style. Hand-drawn, they are reminiscent of the statuesque image of Che Guevara that instantly deified him as a symbol of defiance—and later as an icon of radical chic.

Seven Latin Divas captures the irresistible charisma of these seven goddesses from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, and the USA. The collection pays homage not only to them but also to all Latin women who share in their character and spirit.

The seven images in this collection are manually silk-screened on our 100% Peruvian pima cotton T-shirts, in limited edition.

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