LATINA HOLLYWOOD

As a child of only two or three years old, I hated my reflection in the mirror. "If only I had blond hair," I thought. "Then I could be beautiful."

Almost twenty years later, I remembered those viscious thoughts with sorrow and regeret. I began to reflect upon the mass media images of women who looked like me: the "firey," "spicy" Latina to whom I did not relate--the "bad girl" I never wanted to be.

I wondered about the women who played these characters and how they felt about themselves and the ways they were presented for public consumption. In this self-portraiture project, I put on their personas as attempt to understand them as the people behind celebrity--and to understand my own relationship to them and their characters who so impacted my own self-perception. (35mm and medium-format film, varying emulsions)

SHAKIRA MUGSHOT

Shakira, Mugshot

LUPE VELEZ PRESS PHOTO

Lupe Velez, Headshot

RITA

Rita Moreno, West Side Story

SUICIDIO

El Suicidio de Lupe Velez Lupe Velez, Suicide

CARMEN MIRANDA

Carmen Miranda

DOLORES DEL RIO

Dolores del Rio

AUTORETRATO CON PELO LARGO

Autoretrato con pelo largo (o con pelo como Salma Hayek...) Self-Portrait With Long Hair (Or With Hair Like Salma Hayek)

LUPE VELEZ TRAIN STATION

Lupe Velez Coming to America

LUPE PRESS PHOTO_1

Lupe Velez, Press Photo 1

LUPE TABLOID

Lupe Velez, Tabloid Photo (Recreation from LA Times Entertainment Section)

LUPE VELEZ PRESS PHOTO 2

Lupe Velez, Press Photo 2

BLONDE REFLECTION

Blonde Reflection

HOLLYWOOD HISPANO

Hollywood Hispano

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©LEONORA ANZALDUA 2020

LUPE TABLOID

Lupe Velez, Tabloid Photo (Recreation from LA Times Entertainment Section)