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Queen is the New King

We’ve been owned
for every millennium
until this one.

Sun, Aug 27, 2017 | Model info | Footnotes

Monze (right) is 23, from Mexico City.

Loreta (left) is 21, from Mexico City.

Even though Mexico City is a city of 22 million people, somehow, when Loreta and Monze, sisters, arrived for the shoot, a friend recognized Monze. He told me that when she was in high school, the other kids used to bully her because she was a model. They called her Monsexy, and spread rumors about her being easy. First of all, that kind of bullying is gross. Whether or not Monse had decided to have sex with people or not is not the concern of anyone else. Sex as a concept is not a shameful thing. When a man sleeps around, society does not call him a slut. If sex as a concept were shameful, they would apply its shame to everyone. No, it’s only when a girl does it that she is shamed. Further, just because Monze is gorgeous and a model does not mean she is sleeping with a bunch of people. That stereotype has got to go. What she does in her private life shouldn’t be the concern of anyone, ever, no matter what she looks like nor how she dresses.

Bullies are people that have something big lacking in their own lives that they have to compensate for by tearing others down.

I would have never guessed that Monze went through this from her poised and confident demeanor. She is a diamond, stunning and fierce.

Loreta too brought another kind of fierceness to the scene: fearlessness. She floats through a room leaving a trail of ease in her wake.

These girls came together with Skin on Sundays to help send a message to Mexico City and the world. The 21st century has already brought about tons of huge changes with the introduction of the digital world into our daily lives. With those changes, opportunity for reaching more people with a few clicks has arrived. Still, equality is a not the way of life, not anywhere in the world and certainly not here in Mexico City. Gender inequality in Mexico City is especially rampant, and it has so much to do with the way society allows people to continue to treat women. Did you know that the subway cars have an area for only women for the purpose of protecting them against men? Did you know that I can’t even think of going out of my house, not even in one of the poshest neighborhoods in this megatropolis, wearing shorts without receiving kissy face noises and whistles and honks and feeling the heavy stares of men around me. Even women stare at me, as if I am violating some code of conduct. The people are perpetuating this behavior because it is what they are fed. So what they are fed needs to be something different. What they are fed needs to be the message that women should be able to make their own choices about what they wear without society pounding them down with harassment or worse. This is the message. Women are coming to break down the barriers of gender inequality, to smash the glass ceiling, to show the world that we can do whatever the fuck we want (as long as we’re not hurting anyone), and our clothing nor our bodies nor anything about our exterior selves will get in the way. This is the millennium which will be remembered for humans finally reaching the point in evolution to realize that women and men must be treated as equals. We will make it so.

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An incredible thanks to José Bauza for his powerful photography, not only in the end result of the episode, but how he worked his magic to create a scene on that rooftop where the girls could feel free to be themselves.