When I think about Mexico, the beauty of this country, the kindness of its people and to what extent its culture is enriching; Frida Kahlo is one of the first to pop into my mind. Such an emblematic feminist could never be forgotten.
If there’s something that caught my attention during my two-weeks stay in Mexico, it’s actually the strength of its women. When I speak about this trait, I’m not referring here to the jobs they handle, their position in politics, etc. I’m just talking about a human trait that I was able to spot in the eyes of several ladies I came across. Traveling isn’t just about discovering new places, trying out a new cuisine or reading books all day while tanning at the beach. For me, it mainly means getting to know the people of the country I’m visiting. I’m blessed to have an easy way of approaching people to understand more about from where they come from. But, it doesn’t stop there, I do look around me and try to analyze the story behind some of the people I get to set my eyes on. Now don’t get me wrong, thinking I spent my vacation starring at strangers trying to understand what the hell their biggest dilemma was! All I’m saying is that it’s very important to sometimes just stop and look at the guy sitting on another table in the cafe or listening to few discussions without concentrating too much, to get a glimpse of the society. During my time in Cancun and Acapulco, I found myself laughing alone at several times. The Mexican woman reminded me a lot of the Lebanese one. She has the strength to keep her family together, she fights everything to ensure the best for her children, she has survived very difficult years in the past to be able to grow older feeling secure and content, she simply understood the rule of the game to empower herself.
For that reason, and to join everything together, I couldn’t but take a look back at the traditional Mexican women clothing that we all know very well. It’s sexy with the off-shoulder cut, it has a belt to redefine the waist and a large skirt that dancers know the best use of. Red is one of Mexico’s emblematic colors and I couldn’t but go for a bold and strong red lipstick. Whether in the food or in the flag or in iconic clothing pieces, red is huge. And we all know how much red is an emotionally intense color. It signifies: fire, blood, energy, war, danger, strength, power, passion, desire, determination and love. It’s all the terms I could use to describe the Mexican woman.
I am wearing: a handmade white traditional Mexican dress with a red cotton belt, both found at the traditional market in Acapulco (Mexico), camel sandals by Prada.
Lipstick: Cherry Lush, Tom Ford Cosmetics.
Location: Hotel Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, Acapulco, Mexico.
Photography credits: I have to say that I’m blessed to have the best husband in the world.