WATCH NOW: EPISODE FOUR OF REFINERY29’s ORIGINAL SERIES
Style Out There
Style Out There, Refinery29’s award-winning video series is back with the fourth episode of season 3. With over 26 million views, host and journalist Connie Wang digs into the way clothing has given women a way to speak out, look within, and identify the forces that limit their potential. Through these stories, Wang discovers the powerful way fashion illuminates social and political issues, ranging from the connection between sexy clothing and sexual assault to instances when cultural appropriation can actually be both useful and productive.
In episode four, Connie Wang explores the all-female teams in the equestrian sport Escaramuza, which is a treasured Mexican tradition melding riding, fashion, and national identity. But for the athletes living in America, there’s an added vulnerability in literally wearing their Mexican pride on their sleeves.
Episode Four Highlights
On Making Women Confident
“I say it’s contributed because practicing Charrería, and more in the United States, it magnifies and gives you a confidence as a Mexican to be able to open all the doors, remove all the barriers and not fear anything.” – Frine, Coach, Real De Valle
On Escaramuza Telling a Story from the Past
“Charging through the arena like true warriors Las Coronelas De Illinois are poised, powerful and in control. As I watch them spin in layers of crinoline Vision of Adelitas from centuries ago it occurs to me that, today, this sport and its pageantry really tells a story about the grace and bravery of these women who dedicate their lives to it.”
“On top of their horses, in these dresses, Escaramuza like Mireya are proudly announcing who they are and where they belong.” – Connie Wang, Host
On the Dress Being a Symbol of Pride
“Ever since the elections, I do feel that wearing the Escaramuza dress is more than just wearing team gear it’s more like sending a message and proving that I am proud of being Mexican-American .” – Mireya, Las Coronelas De Illinois
Style Out There will premiere new episodes every week on Refinery29’s YouTube channel, exploring Japanese Cholas subculture in Nagoya, the rise of Afrofuturism across the globe, the American Escaramuzas, and Jamaica’s dancehall queens.
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