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This Vogue Exhibit — Featuring A Gorgeous Portrait Of Yalitza Aparicio — Is Now Open In Mexico City

Any designer will tell you that art and fashion often go hand-in-hand. Through the ages, art has reflected so much about society and history solely through the clothing and architecture depicted by oils and pastels. From the runways of Paris and Milan to the pages of VOGUE, the composition, color, and forms of the latest fashions often show us that they are equivalent to the most iconic works of art created by the most masterful fine artists.

Now, Vogue is yet again showing us the relationship between art and fashion with its brand new “Vogue Like a Painting” exhibit.

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The exhibition is being shown at Mexico City’s historic Franz Mayer Museum from now until September 15, 2019. The sample of 65 images is a representation of the greatest photographs to manifest in VOGUE during its past 20 years as a publication.  The magazine’s archives were thoroughly examined to find the most impactful, most artistically composed and most striking pictures to be taken by photographers during their time at VOGUE.

Over the last two decades, some of the most iconic photographers ever have collaborated with the publication. Annie Leibovitz, Paolo Roversi, Tim Walker, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Steven Klein, Sheila Metzner, Cecil Beaton, and Edward Steichen are some of the many big name artists who have captured moments for VOGUE. They have contributed easily some of the most recognizable images that the magazine has printed and their work will be available to view at the “Vogue Like a Painting” event.

Karla Martinez de Salas, editorial director of Vogue Mexico and Latin America, had this to say about the art exhibition:

“I have always believed in the power of images, in that inexplicable magic of telling stories without words that allow us to inspire and make us dream. From a painting signed by Goya, to an image photographed by Tim Walker or Paolo Roversi, it is these beautiful visual records of fashion and culture that are truly treasured in our memory and heart.”

What all of these images have in common are distinct characteristics that are traditionally attributed to paintings and other works of fine art.

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Their narratives, details and subject matter are approached the same way a master would address a canvas. At first glance, some of these pictures don’t even look like photographs. The stylistic techniques used to capture the subject are implemented as authentically as possible — staying true to the artistic elements artists are trained in.

The compositions also invoke comparisons to different artists and art periods. Split into genres like portraiture and landscapes, artistic movements like Renaissance painting, Rococo art, and even Pre-Raphaelite works are mirrored by these photos. The images in “Vogues Like a Painting” evoke masters such as Magritte, Degas, Dalí, Botticelli and Zurbarán. Their use of light, space, color and figure drawing are mimicked by the pictures on display — making these pieces completely at home in the museum.

Of these breath-taking pictures, a gorgeous portrait of Yalitza Aparicio can also be viewed.

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This image of Yalitza Aparicio comes from a spread by the photographers Santiago & Mauricio and was published back in January 2019. The actress was the first Indigenous woman to appear on the cover of VOGUE. Displayed in the “Vogue Like a Painter” exhibit, the portrait draws comparisons to Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” The steady stare, the use of light and dark and the positioning of her body is reminiscent of the mysterious woman in the Italian master’s piece. We can even see the influence of Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits reflected in the photograph of the “Roma” star.

Debbie Smith, the curator of the “Vogue Like a Picture” exhibit spoke with VOGUE MEXICO about the inclusion of Aparicio’s portrait and how historic the actress’ fashion shoot was for the magazine, fashion and art.

“I was so shocked by the cover of Yalitza, it ‘s one of the most important things that Vogue has done in recent decades … It was impeccable. I have the file saved in my mind.”

As if these beautiful pictures weren’t enough, the exhibition also includes two dresses by Alexander McQueen — one of them never before displayed — as well as another three gowns by Comme des Garçons, Christian Lacroix and Nina Ricci. These pieces were borrowed especially for the “Vogue Like a Painting” exhibit. If you can get to Mexico City for this show, definitely give it a look. It is without a doubt one of the most historic mixtures of art and fashion to be seen today.

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Reggaeton Singers Are Known For Being Flashy And Extra—We Rounded Up Their Most Iconic Lewks

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Reggaeton Singers Are Known For Being Flashy And Extra—We Rounded Up Their Most Iconic Lewks

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Reggaeton has grown 1000% from 2009 to 2019. With the genre making waves all over the world, it is little wonder that high end brands such as Chanel, Balenciaga and more, are turning to Reggaetoneros to promote their clothes to a “new” market; Latinos. As the genre has started to grow and ripen, so too has the genre’s biggest exponents’ style. From Medellin to Paris, and Puerto Rico to New York Fashion Week, our fave urbano singers have served some iconic lewks, and we rounded up our favorites for you to gawk at.

1. Bad Bunny’s Latin Grammys 2019 Outfit

Wearing a diamond face mask, red glasses, and long red coat with silver butterfly accents, Bad Bunny put everyone on their feet with this never-before-heard version of “Callaita” at the 2019 Grammy Awards #iconique

2. J Balvin in Off-White for Blanco

Just this week, the Colombian powerhouse dropped his brand new track ‘Blanco’, and hinted at a new solo album after the success of ‘Oasis’, his collab with Bad Bunny. The video served all white looks in a minimalistic vibe, during the video he wore a luxe, minimal Off-White boiler suit and we can only wish we could afford it. Maybe a Home Depot version will do for us.

3. Ozuna in Fendi at the 2019 Billboard awards

He already made it clear in the song ‘Solita’, “Conmigo todo Gucci, todo Fendi,” unsurprisingly, he lives by his own words. The Puerto Rican wore a comfy Fendi fit to perform at this year’s Billboard Awards where he won 11 prizes and was nominated for 25 categories.

4. Karol G in Tusa —basically every look

The queen of reggaeton served candy floss-colored LOOKS in her video ‘Tusa’ and slayed with Nicky Minaj. Is there anything more iconic? #Diosa

5. Becky G for Paper Magazine

The Inglewood native is a true style icon. In this cover story for the legendary fashion, popular culture, nightlife, music, art and film magazine, PAPER, she wore a muted monochromatic look and we STAN.

6. Maluma at the 2019 MET Gala.

This year Maluma made history after becoming the first Colombiano to set foot on the MET Gala’s pink carpet. And the stylish reggaetonero was obviously not about to disappoint his loyal subjects with a bland outfit. He wore a beaded pink and silver suit designed by Moschino.

7. Basically every look from Maluma’s F.A.M.E tour.

The pretty boy from Medellin can wear everything from skinny-jeans-and-boots-Jagger to aggro neon post-streetwear and look flawless—but we’ve got to say it, the dapper, suited up look he sported for his F.A.M.E. tour, really suits him.

8. Natti Natasha ‘Queening’ in her collab with Forever 21.

Nothing like a powerful woman who knows her worth and owns it. Earlier this year, Natti teamed up with Forever 21 to work on a collection focused on female empowerment, the size inclusive capsule collection included slogan tees, hoodies, biker shorts, accessories, and more. The queen in a ‘queendom’ top is a next level slay.

9. Bad Bunny’s all white look

This look stirred the internet into a frenzy, fans wondered whether his coat was real fur or synthetic -and two years later, I guess we’ll never find out. What’s true is that the white-out look is going down in history as one of the reggaetonero’s most iconic choice of clothes.

10. That time J Balvin made Chanel, street cool.

There was a time when J Balvin was Chanel’s favorite bad boy. Before the passing of Chanel’s designer and creative director Karl Lagerfeld earlier this year, J Balvin was seen hanging out and attending shows with the fashion titan. This era was a much chicer and simple time for Balvin’s style and we can’t say we don’t miss it.

11.  Becky G ‘Lady in The White Dress’

I mean, the beat, the hair, the dress, the GLAM! This was a total slay, no more words needed.

12. J Balvin at The Louis Vuitton show in Paris.

J Balvin back at it with the Paris Fashion Week outfits. The urbano singer was invited to attend the famous streetwear designer, Virgil Abloh’s very first show as Louis Vuitton’s creative director and his look was a utilitarian-chic dream. Definitely one for the books.

13. Bad Bunny’s ‘Si estuviesemos juntos’ video look

As much as Bad Bunny loves an acid tie-dye, or a neon-hued streetwear look, it seems like he also has some love for the classic, dapper look. The look is classic, yet timely when worn by the chart-topping Conejo Malo.

14. Daddy Yankee in Dior for ‘Con Calma’ Remix

There’s nothing more luxurious than a custom Christian Dior silk shirt. The ‘Gasolina’ singer usually errs in favor of caution when he chooses his clothes (not so much when it comes to jewelry), but on this occasion he went all out with a pastel-hued,floral print shirt and it quite suits him.

15. Ozuna, Anuel, Daddy Yankee and Karol G in matching outfits at the Billboards.

The all star team dressed up in matching neon-green outfits to perform their track “China” at this year’s Billboard awards and they look like a fashionable Latino Power Ranger squad —a show we’d definitely watch.

16. All of Becky Gs MTV EMA looks

Becky shed her ‘good girl’ look in favor of showing off the chic woman she’s turned into. At this year’s MTV EMAs she wore an elegant suit complete with a pussy bow shirt, skin baring bodysuits and a couple of uber chic mini dresses. We’re loving this renewed fierceness.

17. Maluma’s ‘Courtside Formal’.

The Colombian singer took in a Knicks game from court-side seats dripping in 1977’s finest finery, all designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. And he looked fabulous if I do say so myself.

Renata Bresciani (“Miss Renata”) Talks Her Personal Inspiration, Practicing Gratitude, and Staying True to Herself

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Renata Bresciani (“Miss Renata”) Talks Her Personal Inspiration, Practicing Gratitude, and Staying True to Herself

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Renata Bresciani may not be a household name just yet, but it’s only a matter of time before this self-proclaimed “multipassionate entrepreneur” takes over the world. Born in Miami, Florida to parents who immigrated from Chili, Renata Bresciani (who goes by “Miss Renata” to fans) was destined to be an artist and an entertainer. As Miss Renata describes it, dancing was her gateway drug into the entertainment industry. Soon enough, Miss Renata was becoming the definition of a multi-hyphenate business woman, dipping her toe in everything from pin up modeling, acting, fashion blogging, and owning a street-wear brand. 

As for what drives her to be constantly creative, leaving others in the dust? “I like to say that I have the ‘performance gene’,” she says. We couldn’t agree more. Recently, we were lucky enough to talk to Miss Renata about her personal style, combating harmful Latino stereotypes in the media, and drawing inspiration from Old Hollywood icons.

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Mitú (M): How long did it take you to develop your personal style? Were you always interested in the “pin-up” look? 

Renata Bresciani (RB): Honestly, my personal style is constantly evolving. I literally dress based on my mood, but I have been very bold with my style since I was in middle school. Pin-up, retro, classic, and Parisian-vibes are everything to me. I have always been intrigued and attracted to everything vintage, so pin-up style was just an extension to that. I am definitely an old soul that was supposed to be an Old Hollywood actress.

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M: How did you get into acting and performing? When did you decide to expand your brand into the influencer sphere?  

RB: I’ve been performing since I was three years old and was in gymnastics, dance, and modeling since elementary school. I started musical theater in high school, which I absolutely love! Most importantly, the studio I grew up in (MDA Studios) opened up the doors to performing in Sabado Gigante and Univision, which was a childhood dream. That then opened up the doors to dancing in award shows as a back up dancer, music videos, tours and live television shows. I officially decided to tap into the influencer world in September 2017, with the influence of my husband. I was basically already doing it with some brands, but not really taking it seriously. But my decision to do it officially changed the game!

M: Your social media presence and posts are very uplifting and inspirational. How do  you stay positive when you’re having a bad day?

RB: We all have bad days and the truth is, I get cranky sometimes. But, I like to sit back and realize how blessed I am and when I do that, gratitude just fills my heart. Honestly if nothing else happens in my life, God has done so much already that all I can do is be grateful and happy. I do believe the best is yet to come and that everything in life is figure-out-able. 

M: Out of all the areas you work in (acting, dancing, modeling, entrepreneurship), what’s your favorite and why? 

RB: Wow that is definitely hard, but my favorite is acting! Acting taps into such a creative and emotional part of who I am that it fulfills my creative soul. The ability to transform and walk in someone else’s footsteps to then impact the people watching in a way that can bring them laughter, tears, or even anger is incredible! To evoke emotion is an art. Acting is a form of therapy and break-through for an artist like me who has all the feels. My second is modeling. I love transforming and making people feel something from an image.

M: Do you think Latinas are misrepresented in the media? How do you want them to be represented? 

RB: Yes, absolutely Latinas/Latinos are misrepresented! We are bold, resilient, intelligent, passionate people! I want the world to see that! I would like to see more Latinas in this space encouraging women through their career.

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M: Why do you think people resonate with your content? 

RB: I would like to think its because I encourage people to love themselves, love others, to always believe in their dreams, and and to never give up!

M: Who are some people who inspire you and what advice do you have for others who want to become influencers?

RB: Aureta [Thomollari] inspires me so much, aesthetically and emotionally. She is such a vibe and so encouraging to me as a woman and an entrepreneur. Desi Perkins is also an inspiration–she’s a proud Latina and first-generation American like me. She built a name for herself with her art and she also values family, which is everything to me!

M: Where do you see your career going next? What are you the most proud of having accomplished?

RB: I believe the best is yet to come. And I definitely believe you will be seeing a lot more of me on screen! More film, more series, and bigger fashion partnerships.

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M: If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?

RB: I would tell my teenage self to be patient! I would tell her that she was called to create. To only focus on things that set her soul on fire, to not care about anyone else’s opinions, and I would tell her that she is enough!

M: Do you consider yourself a role model? Why or why not? What does being a role model mean to you?

RB: I think everyone is a role model to someone whether they want to be or not. To me, being a role model encouraging and empowering people to be confident in who they are. It is positively impacting someone in one way or another.

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M: What would you tell fans of yours who are looking to follow in your footsteps as an influencer and entrepreneur? 

RB: I would tell them that is takes time, to be patient, to work hard, to stay true to themselves, and to love what you do!

M: What’s next for you? Do you have any projects in the works? 

RB: I’m so excited for 2020! There are so many things in the works right now that I can’t really talk about, but lets just say that you will be seeing so much more of me!! 2020 is going to be full of amazing opportunities and breakthroughs!