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‘Rebelde’s Lizeth Selene Calls Out Vogue & Its ‘Mexico Talent’ Cover Story

Rebelde’s Lizeth Selene has called out Vogue México and Vogue Magazine for leaving her out of a cover story she was invited to participate in and that she took photos for, while allegedly including people who have been accused of abuse and exploitation. 

The article in question was published in Vogue’s November issue, and it’s meant to be a celebration of Mexican talent – and in particular, Mexico City. It features different kinds of artists, from actors to architects, models to chefs, all seen through the lens of two native Mexicans: Vogue contributing editor Max Ortega and Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

Among the actors included are Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Dario Yazkbek Bernal, Mabel Cadena, and Diego Calva.

Selene’s message says in Spanish that “since I started in this industry, I have fought for respect for my country, my roots and above all my image as a Mexican woman with strong features. From the beginning, I have been discriminated against for the same thing and the people who follow me know perfectly well that I don’t just talk about these issues, I SCREAM ABOUT THEM.”

She also discusses how contradictory it is that some people – though she never names them, can be featured in this piece despite the fact that they are not “proud of their roots and have even made fun of being Mexican,” adding that everyone featured has foreign projects, except her. 

“I thought I had achieved a little respect for my image and the image of Mexicans with features similar to mine in this industry,” Selene also said in her post, going on to add that she feels sad to realize it isn’t so. 

The response to her post has been overwhelmingly positive, with fans saying things that range from “too bad for them, because you are beautiful” to “Vogue is irrelevant, you aren’t” in response. 

This also comes after Selene herself wrote a guest post for Vogue México where she discussed her Mexican roots and how understanding where you come from is essential to who you are today. She also spoke about her Afro-Mexican heritage and discrimination in Mexico.

Lizeth Selene and her team have reached out to the magazine with no reply.