We love Babi; we love Brazil. She has a great taste for fashion, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, just a nice dress and some high heels; Babi can make anything look good. Although always putting things out there sporting all kinds of fine garments, fire in the building is what you can call Babi Monteiro, and she’s never leaving us with a drought of articles of clothing. This Miss Brazil Plus Size 2012 seems to never age, looking young and fine so I’m sure her fellow Brazilians are head over heels for her; gearing up for the fashion weekend that will commence summer 2017. From her lingerie suits, jeans and a jacket, to weddings dresses, skirts and maxis, she is flawless as ever — I hope she continues to create waves through Brazil representing the plus size women out there.
We love Babi for all that she is and all that she portrays.
We love Babi for her utmost confidence. But most of all, for her respectful character.
When dreams come true! I can only imagine how happy Ashley Graham will be feeling right now. She just announced a hour ago that she will be an official Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model for this year. She will be in the selection for Rookie of the Year 2016 and yes, we can all vote for her to help her win this award. At the moment you can only see the models from 2015, if the voting is online we will share with you the link.
It is amazing to see all the things Ashley Graham achieves in her career. Although she was only included in the Sports Illustrated magazine as a commercial for Swimsuits For All, for us she is still the FIRST curvy model to be seen in this magazine.
At least this year she can also become an official model for it.
The last thing I heard about Rachel Roy was that her fashion label had some trouble. But today’s news, that she will also offer a plus size collection in 2016, is great news to me. This is such a great decision of her to make. This way she can add more new consumers to her brand. The plus size collection will offer clothes from sizes 14 – 24. She choosed Candice Huffine as her model.
When asked about why she wants to offer plus size clothes now by Refinder29, Rachel answered this:
“My customers have actually been asking me for years for plus-size, which we like to call ‘curvy.’ I think [the term] is just more modern and doesn’t sound as old-school. We wanted to do it for a long time and now just made sense.
“It’s not that it’s any different [than the regular line], it’s just that we got the fit right. And as soon as I could pull together the correct team to do that, we did it. I believe an in-house team has to work with it, hands on it, try it on, and ask questions until everyone’s comfortable. I mean, we have the designs, that’s not a problem. It’s just getting the correct fit, so it’s what people want to wear.”
I told you already that this year will be even more amazing than the news of last year. And I must admit, that I see everyday some great new information to share with you. Now I am sure after all the stress she had with her ex-husband and former business partner, that this time it’s going to be a lasting success.
So never give up and always remember to love yourself and to love your body!
The year 2015 was already a great year for curvy women. So many things happend that we never thought were possible a few years ago. But they happened and they changed important things regarding the perception of curvy women.
FIRST LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN 2015:
ASHLEY PART 1 – ASHLEY GRAHAM WAS THE FIRST PLUS SIZE MODEL TO BE FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
‘I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too.
‘There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt. The world is ready for more curves in bikinis.
‘Swimsuitsforall helps women feel confident and sexy in swimsuits and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Curves in Bikinis campaign!’ ~Daily Mail
Even though Ashley was only seen on an advert in the magazine and her fellow model Robyn Lawley became the first official curvy model to work for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, for me her breackthrough is more important since she is bigger than Robyn.
ASHLEY PART 2 – ASHLEY GRAHAM COLLECTION ON THE NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FOR ADDITION ELLE
Now some people might hint out that this is not high fashion and these things don’t belong to the New York Fashion Week. I disagree! Every company that can pay the price of being part of the NY Fashion Week has to gain our respect for that, because it is a really expensive investment. And they would not be the only company making an overpriced show just to sell later “cheap” clothes. Just think about the money Victoria Secret spends on their show each year. The most expensive item on the show is only a bra with diamonds on it. The other lingerie is actually very cheap – just look at their website: https://www.victoriassecret.com/.
ASHLEY PART 3 -#IMNOANGEL & #PLUSISEQUAL BY LANE BRYANT
Let’s face it, Ashley Graham is the TOP CURVY MODEL of our time! She was already in the news with her first lingerie advertisement years ago, which was banned later. And she will always be in the news with any new campaign or collection she is doing, because she works with the right companies who know you need a message to sell your products. Lane Bryant is one of these great companies who had two important campaigns running to increase the media attention for plus size women. With these campaigns all the big magazines wrote about her, even the Vogue Magazine.
TESS HOLLIDAY GETTING SIGNED BY MILK MODEL MANAGEMENT AND APPEARING IN PEOPLE MAGAZINE
This news was, for a model like me, just great to read. Tess Holliday is as tall as I am with almost the same size and she still got signed by Milk Model Management Agency. Robyn Lawley is also under this UK agency. So she is in good company! Tess is the plus model with the most likes on all social media pages, because she is not scared to be controversial. She might get bullied a lot, but this is what helped her to succeed!
#BEACHBODYNOTSORRY WITH DENISE BIDOT FOR SWIMSUITSFORALL
After the #CURVESINABIKINI campaign with Ashley Graham, Swimsuits For All decided to make another campaign called #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY. They choosed for this curvy model Denise Bidot and showed a promo of her without any editing of the skin. They showed her natural body. We have to accept that every curvy body has flaws like cellulitis. But this doesn’t mean that a model like Denise is less good. She has proved for many years that she is a great model!
“There is no wrong way to be a woman” ~ Denise Bidot
See here our former post about the campaign here. And here is our album on facebook of fans supporting the campaign.
“It’s nice to see how much the mainstream fashion community has been so accepting of it,” ….”It’s very exciting to see that folks finally want to make plus-size mainstream.”~Skorch Magazine and People Magazine
Adele had her comeback finally after all those years of being outside the public. Adele does not only have one of the best voices from the UK, but she is also already a plus size celebrity icon and I was so happy to see that she is back. Her song “HELLO” is still everywhere in the news and I know some of you can’t even hear it anymore. Well, I don’t care. Her album was breaking selling records already in the first week. She even managed to get her first Time Magazine cover, so her comeback is a huge success after all.
GREAT THINGS THAT ALREADY HAPPENED IN 2015 BUT THAT WILL ALSO EFFECT 2016:
AMY SCHUMER AND SERENA WILLIAMS FEATURED IN THE PIRELLI CALENDAR
I loved the most that they showed the women in a natural and rather simple photographic way to show their natural personality. Especially the picture of Amy Schumer is ground-breacking in the fashion world. For so many years we are used to photoshop all flaws of women. And even women who didn’t like their body wanted to get photoshopped. But Amy Schumer didn’t mind to show her natural stomach. It only shows that it is all natural to have a stomach nowadays. Watch also the Behind the Scene video:
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN CASTS CURVY MODEL CLEMENTINE DESSEAUX
A video posted by Christian Louboutin (@louboutinworld) on
Now a lot of great things happened already this year for curvy models, but having a model Clementine Desseaux as the face of the beauty range Rouge Louboutin by Christian Louboutin is almost ground-breacking. Critics said that it doesn’t matter if she became the face of the lipstick promo, because she only has to feature her face not her body. But I have to say that it is a great achievement for a curvy model. Clementine’s unique look with her curves and her freckles symbolizes in a perfect way natural beauty. And even if she doesn’t show her curves in this spot you can still see a face of a size 14 model and not a size 0 model. I think that Christian Louboutin made the most perfect choice to have her as the rolemodel for his beauty brand.
Just before the year 2015 was over the next amazing headline appeared. And I thought it can’t get any better. I am glad that I was wrong. Beth Ditto announced that she will bring out her own first plus size collection in co-operation with Jean Paul Gaultier. Now we already know that Jean Paul loves all women, no matter what size or age they have since even our curvy idol Velvet D’Amour was walking for him years ago.
But making a collection with Beth Ditto clearly is an amazing thing. The design they choosed is a t-shirt collection with the famous corset by Jean Paul Gaultier worn by Madonna – like in this link.
Sure the big t-shirt might not be figure-enhancing, but you can still ake it more tight in the back. Overall I must say the idea is great, funny and has a great fashion rock style. I would surely want to wear it!
GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN GERMANY FOR 2016:
SILVANA DENKER’S #BODYLOVE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES AND GOES INTERNATIONAL
We already asked you to support the #BODYLOVE campaign by Silvana Denker. And the reason for this is that she needs to finance her trips all by herself. To make Silvana’s dream come true to go international show your support here.
Her campaign got international attention by the media already. This shows how much people want to see natural women. Therefore I am sure with our support she will change the minds of the people worldwide. And we totally want to see more news of #bodylove like in the collection below.
The Curvy Fashion Fair Berlin always takes place during the Fashion Week Berlin. I also attented the fair two years ago, because it offeres you to get to know many plus size brands directly at the event. The Curvy Fashion Fair is an established internation curvy fashion 3-days event, that advaces constantly.
So, if you want to get to know the people behind all the top selling plus size fashion brands, then you need to attend the event also. This year the fair even features 14 new brands and it also has a curvy young designer startup show during the event. To find out more about the event follow this link.
PLUS SIZE FASHION DAYS SHOW AND AWARDS 2016
Plus Size Fashion Days already had a special award ceremony during the show in 2015. And I think it is a great idea to award the best blogger, the best fashion brand and the best plus size model national and international.
The show developed from a idea by CEO and Founder Tanja Marfo 3 years ago. I attented every show since then. I can tell you it got better every year. Therefore I am excited to see how much better it will become in 2016.
All the headlines from last year show that the fashion world finally recognizes plus size women as an important target. We are new hip and trendy, so either you follow us or use us for your promotion or you will be regarded as old-fashioned. And no teen likes old-fashioned stuff. The future for curvy women is bright and I am sure more brands will understand this in the near future!
Have a good time and always remember to love your body and love yourself,
There should be more picture of plus size women showing their natural beauty. We have been like this for thousand of years, now the fashion industry also has to accept this and accept our natural bodys.
We hope the #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign gives you more confidence to accept your body, to love your natural body and to help you develop body confidence.
We are having a new model spotlight feature for you. This time it is NEDRA PHILIPS from Atlanta, USA.
1. How did you got into modeling?
A friends told me about this plus size contest that she insisted that I try out for. So I did and I found a whole new world and have been modeling since 09.
2. What do you habe to do with Arden’s Closet?
Arden’s Closet is actually my company. It is a pull closet for styling real size women for events, photo shoots or just everyday wear. I also offer personal shopping and Closet’s Cleanups. Every 3mths Arden’s Closet puts on a Sip n’ Swap where the FAB Plus Fashionistas of Atlanta get together and sip on Moscato and swap gently used or new clothing, shoes, hand bags and accessories.
3. Do you also offer shipping? In which countries?
No Arden’s Closet doesn’t provide shipping but when I have the yearly closet cleanup I do put Items up for sale and will ship anywhere.
4. What are your wishes for 2014?
In 2014 I want to push my self to the next level and work out side my box.
5. What was your best and worst experience in your life?
The worst thing that I have ever experienced in my life is losing my father at the age of 13. The best experience is when I realize that I have the best mother in the world and she is my best friend.
6. What do you like about yourself the most and what do you hate about yourself?
I love my determination the will to keep going even though people think I shouldn’t. I hate that I wear my emotions on my shelves.
7. Do you think the plus size industry need some more inprovement? which ones?
I feel this industry is improving but I wish the industry was more open to petite plus models in high fashion and mainstream and would not be so quick to shut you down because of your height.
8. What do you like about Style.& Curve?
I really enjoy Style & Curve because it celebrates women with curves in a positive way. It shows that women with curves have beauty & Style!!
An agency in Montreal spotted me at the age of 16 years for the regular size category. But physically, I was unable to hold this shape and weight. So few years after, I applied for the Plus size division! I’m completely in love with this category!
2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? what?
Since the age of 4, I knew deeply that I want to be a model. I always liked to be filmed and play the star in front the camera. For me this is the ideal time to let me go, fall into my magical world and share it with the world. 🙂
3. Why do you regard yourself as a plus size model?
I consider myself as being a plus size, because I have curves. I have a refined waist and predominant hips. I wear 14 and I train regularly to be FIT. Being plus size does not mean necessarily, say (Big), but voluptuous to me and comfortable in their own skin. Personnaly, it simply leads to be healthy, well in my body and God knows I eat as I please… lol
4. What are your wishes for 2014?
WOW, this is a very good question. I like that. Firstly, I want to develop myself. I am a woman who works a lot on me. I like to learn about myself. I love meeting new people who have full of motivation, inspirations, desires ,always in search of success to excel and become better. So, I wantto travel, meet positive people, reinforce my relationships with my loyal contacts and being recognized of my good work. 🙂
5. What was the best thing that happend to you?
There are many good things that happening to me. The birth of my son was one of the greatest moments in my life. A tuning point was beginning. There was also the day i choosed to get involved in fashion completely and doing nothing else than FASHION!! A big jump when you are a single mom.
6. What was the worst thing that happend to you?
When my father was diagnosed with a Lungs Cancer in 1998 and thereafter he survived 3 recurrences. He’s alive and I am very proud of him.
Pic by Jeremy Bobrow
7. What do you like about Style & Curve?
Style & Curve is a young Magazine.The structure is hypper professional.Their choice of publication is always on point and classy. Their posts and interviews are interesting and amazing. The Chief editor is warm, friendly and social with everybody . No discrimination for anybody. I like her and love Style & Curve.
1980’s Vintage Cache beaded dress purchased at Goodwill, Photograher: Johnny Richer
Hello Beautiful models and fans of Style & Curve, Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog. Today I’m going to blog about Thrift Store, resale store and vintage store shopping. Regardless of your financial resources, shopping at these types of stores can bring you wonderful treasures at unbelievably low prices. You can certainly find one of a kind garments and accessories that are unique and beautiful. The images you see in this blog are garments and or accessories that were purchased from thrift stores, resale boutiques or vintage shops. Each garment or accessory pictured in this blog cost anywhere from .99 cents to $29.95 with most of them being under $10.
Vintage 1980’s beaded gown purchased at Goodwill. Image by: Johnny Richer
I have to be completely honest, before I started modeling and acting, I had a completely different perception about these types of shops. Yes, I used to believe, only those less fortunate shop at Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Those on a budge shop at resale boutiques and vintage shops just have “old stuff”. About 10 years ago I performed in a musical theater production called “Spotlight on Broadway”. We needed some period costumes for some of the different numbers we were performing so our director recommended we go to a thrift shop called Goodwill. We needed a 70’s type of outfit, a cocktail dress, etc. and it would be very expensive to purchase these garments brand new. Initially, the idea of shopping at a thrift store was quite foreign and uncomfortable for me but I went in to look.
1980’s Polka dot dress and vintage purse from Romatic Cultures, Image by Pro Photography
I remember walking into Goodwill for the first time thinking, “I wonder if people in here think I’m poor.” Looking back, I realize it was such a silly thought. Granted, I had to go through lots of clothes on the racks with some of them being garbage but then suddenly I would find something that jumped out at me and was such a great find. I was finding high-end vintage designer garments such as Cache, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Channel, & Calvin Klein just to name a few. I couldn’t believe my luck and how well preserved these garments were!
1960’s Playsuit from Resale Store
Now, don’t pay attention to the size marked on the garment, only look at it and guess if it will fit and of course try it on. I wear a size 14/16 but in vintage clothing I wear an 18 and 20 1/2. Today’s clothing designers cut their garments larger and size them about two sizes smaller than they once were. For example, everyone knows that Marilyn Monroe was a curvy size 14 but by today’s clothing sizing, she would be a size 10. Another great example is if you wear a size 16 in everyday fashion but you’re about to get married and you have to purchase a wedding gown in a size 20. That’s because wedding gown designers have never changed their sizing standards. I will look at the size marked but I will determine whether it might fit based on the cut, style and fabric of the garment.
Anytime you are shopping at one of these types of stores, always inspect the garment. Keep in mind that vintage garments will not be perfect but you will know whether or not it is a usable garment or not. Believe it or not, I’ve received more compliments from my thrift store finds than many of my more expensive garments that I purchased brand new. Although I will watch the trends, I like to purchase garments that are classic and ageless. Some of the very trendy styles fade away as quickly as they came in. It’s also fun to mix and match different time periods. For instance, I purchased this colorful dress on clearance and I paired it with a 1960’s feather hat that I borrowed from a vintage boutique called Romantic Cultures to create this unique look.
1960’s Feather Hat from Romantic Cultures, Image by: Arts of Utopia
I have walked into a thrift store or resale boutique and have walked out with multiple garments and often with matching accessories and spend the same amount as I would’ve spent on a single garment in a regular retail store. Not to mention, I now own unique garments that you won’t see everyone else wearing.
Christmas beaded gown from thiftstore
If you haven’t gone into a thrift store, resale store or vintage boutique, I highly recommend that you do, you will be amazed at what you might find. Keep in mind, if you go into a smaller store with limited selections, you will not always find a treasure so keep looking, I promise, you will find something amazing for the cost of next to nothing.
Black and gold gown from Goodwill, Image by: Bloojay Designs
As always, don’t allow the negative people along the way bring you down and trust me; there will be negative people that will cross your path. Take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Again, if there is a topic you’d like me to blog about, feel free to contact me. Until next week, stay positive!
1950’s vintage dress, passed down from family member, vintage hat and parasol (umbrella) from Romantic Cultures, Image by: Angela Parker
1. How did you became a plus model?
I started in the fashion industry as a make up artist, one day my friend told me about a contest to become the next plus size model in Montreal and said I should go try it out. So that’s what I did, I showed at the contest with no expectations and I was in the final 10…. And finaly win the contract with the model agency. 2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? What?
I never really tought I will became a model one day. I was always behind the camera. I always been an artistic person but my parents always wanted me to study and go to university. So that’s what I did, I went to school to do a bachelor in fashion marketing. I hated it… that was not really my thing but I wanted to be proud of myself by accomplishing and finishing something. I’m now in the proccess of finishing my master in communication. My subject is actualy the identity of plus size and regular model in the fashion world.
3.What would you respond to the current discussion about size 8 models presenting plus size fashion and to the people who say they are not even plus models?·
Plus size fashion is a relativly new trend and I think people don’t really understand it. There is different categories in the cast plus size. I think and it’s regarding the size zero of the «normal» model. So everything above that would be called plus size. I’m not a size 20 either and people sometime told me I was not a real plus size… I have real problems to find stores and places that would sell pants and jeans that will actually fit me. There is girls with bigger breast, belly or legs… every woman is beautiful in a special way and that is what we need to have in mind.
4. Why do you regard yourself as a plus model?
I think I look at my self as a model, I’m proud to reprensent my curves. I want to show the world I have curves and I’m proud of them so everyone should embrace themself and be confident as they are.
5. Did you ever got bullied for your curves?
I called myself a plus-size but it’s just for the industry. I consider my body curvyliscious and that’s it. But it was not always been that way. I’ve been victim of intimidation when I was in elementary school. I was then obligated to construct a shell around me and grow stronger… and that’s what I did. So in secondary school, I went to a private school…. I gain on courage and made a lot of friend but I know I was different; all my friends was wearing 3-4 and sometime 0 of pants and skirt size… but I was wearing a size 8-9… at that time I thought I was fat and I wanted to look just like them. I wasn’t comfortable with myself and never realize that I was just normal and that I was really taller then all of them. It took my years to realize that I was proud of my curves and how I look and that most of the time, it’s society that make people feel bad about themselves. I’m now a sexy size 14 and it took me 50 pounds heavier to realize it. I like my body «as is» because that is who I am. I don’t want to change it, I don’t want to do diet, I just want people to respect me as I am. I think that is what make me beautiful, it’s because I like myself as I am and that can be disturbing for other people to see someone just comfortable in their own skin. So it took me year to realize it but now I’m happy.
6. What would you say to young girls who got bollied for their curves?
Been bollied teach me one thing, to be stronger. I stopped to focus on what those bad people told me and said to myself that i needed to show them I was better then that. Beauty is not only from inside, but in you’re mind. I’ve met a lot of people that emanate charisma and that is what make them crazy beautiful.
7. What do you like about Style & Curve?
The fact that you represent really confident women from around the world. Fashion is hard game, specially in the plus size section and Style & Curve do it differently and in a great way.
The pics in the interview are from a special editional she did.
Hello Beautiful models and fans of CMR. It’s Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog. I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage “Age is just a number”. In this current time, yes, age is simply a number at least in my opinion. There are many examples of famous celebrities that got their start late in life. There is an American Model named Carmen Dell’Orefice (pictured right below) who is known in the fashion industry as the oldest living working model in the world. She hit the runway for the Spring 2013 collection at the age of 81. I’m sure that may help put your age into perspective if you’re wondering if it’s too late for you to start. Granted, she’s been modeling for over 60 years but now there are even agencies that represent the mature models. You can read more about Carmen at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Dell%27Orefice
Some of the most famous celebrities weren’t even known until their 30’s like Sylvester Stallone, famous for the Rocky franchise or Harrison Ford from Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Recently there was a Dove Soap ad campaign that featured senior models. Just because you didn’t start modeling as a teenager doesn’t necessarily mean that the modeling window has closed. , Read this article about Baby Boomer Models: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/04/boomer-age-models-take-the-spotlight/ Although I attempted modeling when I was a teen, I had so many doors closed on me that I gave up because I lacked the self-confidence to keep trying.
Fast forward to the age of 41, I embarked on a modeling and acting career simply because my daughter thought I should. It was a dream that I had I buried long ago and although I’ve had more rejections than I can count, this time it didn’t stop me, I just kept going to as many modeling and acting casting calls as I could. There is always a need for actors of any age but modeling is where I’ve been most successful. Ages 41 to 43 were the years I struggled the most in acting and modeling but my hard work paid off because I gained the respect of the local acting and modeling community. At the age of 44 I was signed as the Face of N-V-Us Fashions & Boutique, www.nvusllc.com, I was crowned Ms. Texas Plus Size Diva and happened to be the oldest contestant. I graced the cover of Latin Connection this past January and thanks to my friends and fans, I was voted the July profile pic winner and one of the Faces of Fashion A Go Go on Curvy Models Rocks just to name a few of my accomplishments. I’m not in anyway against cosmetic enhancements but I’ve never had any fillers, botox or anything like that. That’s not to say I never will but as of now, I don’t feel the need to do that.
Women are beautiful at any age, especially now with people living healthier lives and modern medicine helping to extend the human life expectancy there is a greater need for mature models than there ever has been in history. At one time, it was common for a model’s career to be over by the time she hit the age of 30 or even younger. Now it’s become more socially acceptable to model for a longer period of time or to get started later in life. There are even beauty pageants that showcase the mature women as well as the younger age brackets such as the United America Pageant, http://www.unitedamericapageant.com/ CMR has also showcased some beautiful mature models as well. I’ve noticed the average age of many of these beautiful models is 30. Twenty years ago, that was the exception, definitely not the average. There is no better time than now to get started if this is your dream or to go after any of your dreams. Only you can make your dreams a reality.
As always, remember, take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you can’t go after your dreams and until next week, stay positive!
Head shot by: Imiko
Latin Connection Magazine photo by: Angels on Earth Photography
Full body shot by: Washhboy Photography
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Hello Beautiful models and fans of CMR. It’s Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog. Today I’m going to talk about my heritage and ethnicities but one ethnicity in specific. Different people pick up different ethnicities when they look at me so today I’m going to share more about that. My ethnicity is a mix of Tigua Indian (Native American) & Spaniard on my maternal side, Filipino & Mexican from my paternal side. This mix gives me an exotic and interesting look.
The month of November is Native American Heritage Month so I’m going to focus on sharing my Tigua Indian roots. My grandmother was from a Spanish Aristocratic family and while her family was in the states, they were in Texas and visited the Tigua Reservation. When she saw my grandfather and he saw her, they immediately fell in love. They were married shortly after meeting, he left the reservation and enlisted in the Navy. The photograph below are my grandparents. I have my grandmother’s dimpled chin that as a child I did not like but I’ve learned to love it. The Tigua Indians were not recognized as a tribe for many years but I’ll provide you with a brief history.
The Tigua are the only Puebloan tribe still in Texas. The Pueblo tribes are very much alike and they live in the Southwest part of the United States from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and some in Colorado and Utah. The languages are different and the cultures were also a little different but overall they were all peaceful tribes. It’ s interesting that they are very similar on the outside looking in but much like the Europeans, having similar characteristics, they speak different languages and have different cultures such as French, German, etc. The largest commonality is the fact that they built pueblos, which are big buildings with many rooms similar to a modern apartment building. Some of the pueblos could be 4 or 5 stories high.
The Tigua have been around for centuries and they call their ancestral home Pueblo Gran Quivera. Coronado, the Spanish explorer was the first European to see Gran Quivera in 1539. They called Gran Quivera “Pueblo de los Humanas”, which means “city of humans”. In the 1600’s the Spaniards brought diseases and epidemics that killed off many of the Pueblo Indians including the Tigua. In 1680 the Pueblo Indians revolted and drove the Spanish out but the Spaniard came back a year later and attacked. After several years the Tigua made peace with the Spaniards so the Spanish King gave them a land grant and title to the land now called Ysleta. They were founded near El Paso, which also happens to be the city of my birth. Today, the Tigua Reservation is a suburb of El Paso but much of what is now El Paso was taken from the Tigua and only the land around the Ysleta mission and their houses are still theirs.
In 1848, after Texas was already part of the Union, some crooked Americans stole the land and Texas ignored the Spanish land grant and title to the land. By the 1930’s many believed that the Tigua were extinct but in the 1960’s they were asserting themselves and they were laying claim to the land that was stolen from them. In 1968 the state of Texas recognized the Tigua as a tribe and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an act of Congress recognizing the Tigua as a tribe making their land a reservation, the year I was born. After several year of battling in the 1980’s, The Tigua Indians were finally federally recognized as a tribe in 1986, the year I graduated from high school.
I am very proud of my heritages and will be happy to blog about anything else any of you wish to ask. Please note, I am not wearing a traditional Tigua garment in the images in this blog. If you’d like to learn more about Native American Indian Heritage Month, follow this link. http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/
Until next week, stay positive!!!
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