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Vogue Reveals First Third-Gender Person To Grace Cover In Stunning New Photos

For the first time in the history of the coveted fashion magazine, Vogue is highlighting a third-gender person and featuring her on the cover.

The cover features 37-year-old Zapoteca muxe, Estrella Vazquez.

Back in August, she had no idea what Vogue was. Now, she's a cover star.

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All cultures have their own term for what comprises a third gender individual, or non-binary, but Muxe is specific to Mexico, with their own history of marginalization and discrimination within Roman-Catholic influence.

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Muxe (pronounced moo-she) is an indigenous Mexican identity for third-gender people, and the identity has been part of the culture for centuries.

According to Reuters, Muxes are indigenous transgender women who mix both gay male and feminine identities effortlessly.

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The designer and weaver sees her cover as a major step in combating stigma and shaping public discourse, especially in Mexico.

“I think it’s a huge step,” Vazquez told Reuters.

“There’s still discrimination, but it’s not as much now and you don’t see it like you once did."

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Vasquez's participation in the photo shoot and spread is not only incredibly important for her own country, but the whole world.

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"Everyone is seeing this cover, everyone is congratulating me. I don’t know; it’s just hard to make sense of the emotions I’m feeling. It almost makes me want to cry,” she expressed.

Giving diverse individuals like Vasquez a major platform like a magazine spread shows the major strides being taken for powerful and necessary social change.

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