One film role. That is all it took for Yalitza Aparicio to showcase her acting talent, and in the process, take the world by storm. The Mixtec-Triqui-Mexican actress from Oaxaca starred as Cleo, in the Oscar-winning film, Roma, created by fellow Mexican, powerhouse director/producer/writer/editor/cinematographer, Alfonso Cuarón. This role earned Aparicio an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress; she is the first indigenous Mexican woman to ever earn the honor.
With this achievement, Yalitza has stood as a representative of the indigenous, of women of color, of those who don’t often get Hollywood roles, designer gowns to wear at awards shows, and glossy magazine covers. Speaking of magazine covers, let’s take this moment to celebrate how she’s rocked Hollywood norms, by looking at 11 covers Yalitza Aparicio’s graced — so far.
Landing the cover of Vogue is a big deal. Seasoned models and actresses go their entire careers without getting selected for the fashion honor. Yalitza Aparicio looked regal on the January 2019 issue of Vogue Mexico. The caption for her cover story included the Mixtec words, “In tiu’n ntav’i,” which means “A Star is Born.”