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This Photographer Shows Just How Diverse Mexicans Really Are

"Proud Mexicans" changes the perception of Mexicans through incredible portraits.

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Alan Vidali is a Mexican photographer living in Los Angeles who has a project where he takes pictures of openly proud Mexicans.

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The project comes at a crucial time, given the international context.

"Last year during the primaries a certain candidate made some remarks about Mexicans, I began to feel tension," Vidali told BuzzFeed Mexico. "This unleashed some hatred towards Mexicans...so the Mexicans in the United States woke up. I wondered: how can I change the conversation? If we don't change the conversation, it will only be his voice out there."
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"Last year during the primaries a certain candidate made some remarks about Mexicans, I began to feel tension," Vidali told BuzzFeed Mexico. "This unleashed some hatred towards Mexicans...so the Mexicans in the United States woke up. I wondered: how can I change the conversation? If we don't change the conversation, it will only be his voice out there."

It's about a positive and peaceful response.

Inés. Art Manager/Critical thinker/Humanist/Idealist/Urban Explorer.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Inés. Art Manager/
Critical thinker/
Humanist/
Idealist/
Urban Explorer.

And takes back what it means to be Mexican.

Israel. Tenacious/Persistent/Fixer of things.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Israel. Tenacious/
Persistent/
Fixer of things.

It's a project that doesn't seek to confront, but to strike up a dialogue.

Eva. Gardener/Painter/Lawyer.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Eva. Gardener/
Painter/
Lawyer.

And to build empathy between people.

Victor. Humanist/Poet/Reliable.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Victor. Humanist/
Poet/
Reliable.

He first began with portraits fo acquaintances.

Lilia. Reliable/Young-hearted/Perceptive.Anyone who identifies as Mexican can participate (whether they were born in Mexico or not). Alan doesn't like to say "you're it, you're not it".
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Lilia. Reliable/
Young-hearted/
Perceptive.

Anyone who identifies as Mexican can participate (whether they were born in Mexico or not). Alan doesn't like to say "you're it, you're not it".

Each portrait comes with a few words they used to describe themselves.

The only requirement is that they should be positive words.Exequiel. Mechanic/Sailor/Ecologist/Science illustrator/Principled.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

The only requirement is that they should be positive words.

Exequiel. Mechanic/
Sailor/
Ecologist/
Science illustrator/
Principled.

He wants us to look them in the eye, hence why they are front portraits.

Ana María. Sensitive/United/Generous.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Ana María. Sensitive/
United/
Generous.

"When I photograph them, I ask them how they would describe themselves, to tell me about themselves and that's how this happens. It is evident that we all can have common interests."

Ricardo M. Magician/Illustrator/Cinema lover.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Ricardo M. Magician/
Illustrator/
Cinema lover.

The portraits bear the name of the person, to make them as similar as possible to an introduction.

Lorena. Beach creature/Seeker/Botanic/Runner.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Lorena. Beach creature/
Seeker/
Botanic/
Runner.

He plans to continue publishing them and to emphasize Mexican diversity.

In Alan's words, "there are Mexicans of all colors."Alejandro. Chess player/Fair/Unrelenting/Competitive.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

In Alan's words, "there are Mexicans of all colors."

Alejandro. Chess player/
Fair/
Unrelenting/
Competitive.

At the moment, Alan only does this in Southern California, but he would like to expand the project to other places in the United States.

Julie. Shy/Postcard collector/Kind.
Cortesía Alan Vidali

Julie. Shy/
Postcard collector/
Kind.

If you're also a Proud Mexican and would like to be part of this project, you can do it. Contact Alan Vidali here or upload your own portrait.

1. Look at the camera with a wall behind you. 2. Pick up to 5 words to describe yourself and how you contribute to make the world a better place. Please, use positive words!3. Share it Instagram!4. Don't forget to use the hashtag #WeAreProudMexicans
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1. Look at the camera with a wall behind you.

2. Pick up to 5 words to describe yourself and how you contribute to make the world a better place. Please, use positive words!

3. Share it Instagram!

4. Don't forget to use the hashtag #WeAreProudMexicans

This post was translated from Spanish.

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