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New Spanish Catholic Girl, more known as "Catholic Mexican Girl" or "Latina Fairy"[1] on social media, is an aesthetic and fashion microtrend that originated in 2023 on TikTok. The aesthetic is principally based around light-skinned Latinas who are hyperfemenine and possibly high class, also taking inspiration from the traditional attire that female Spanish & Hispanic-American colonialists wore during the colonization of the Americas (particularly in what was known as "New Spain"), mixing it with Coquette-themed fashion.

The main inspiration for this aesthetic was the Collection III by Mirror Palais, which included various extremely expensive dresses inspired by the Spanish colonial era[2]. Many of these dresses were handcrafted by Mexican artisans, and multiple of them quickly sold out. Then, another main inspiration was the Cruise 2024 collection by DIOR, and its clothing pieces included Oaxacan ruffles and looks inspired by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Women dressed up in this type of clothes usually post pictures of themselves near Catholic sites, like religious statues and candle altars in churches.

Fashion[]

Some elements commonly used in New Spanish Catholic Girl outfits include:

  • Black or white dresses
  • Cotton dresses
  • Low-waist skirts
  • Crucifixes
  • Cross necklaces
  • Rosaries
  • Black veils
  • Ruffles
  • Red accents
  • White laces and petticoats
  • Black or white gloves
  • Golden jewellery
  • Butterfly motifs
  • Exposed shoulders
  • Hyperfeminine formal clothing
  • Natural make-up
  • Vintage-style clothing & accessories
  • A sense of romanticism, sensuality and "virginity"
  • Double braid hairstyles or straight hair

Criticism[]

Just like Tomato Girl, Scandi Girl, French It Girl, Winter Fairy Coquette and many others, New Spanish Catholic Girl is yet one of the many internet aesthetics that are heavily inspired by specific places, settings and nations. This type of aesthetics often face criticism online due to their romanticized portrayal of these places and cultures. Ethnic fetishization is also a problem in these online communities.

The term "Catholic Mexican Girl" received heavy backlash due to its name. Many Mexican users on TikTok called out the trend because it was not an accurate portrayal of Catholic religion in Mexico, neither it was authentically Mexican, as it was rather a modern interpretation of Spanish Imperial fashion in the Americas. Many Latin-Americans argued that this aesthetic promoted a romanticized view on the Spanish colonial era and trivialized its consequences, ignoring the historical struggles and complex history of Mexico's independence, as well as the brutal history of Spanish colonialism in the Americas[3]. It was also criticized because it particularly focused on people with light skin, excluding the other Latin-American people who have darker skin tones. Some people also called this aesthetic a sacrilege because it sexualizes Catholic imagery and fetishizes ethnicities. Other critics also argued this aesthetic was "unoriginal", argumenting that this fashion style has always existed and calling it a rebranded and consumable version of Spain's historical colonial fashion.

Vendors[]

  • Mirror Palais
  • DIOR

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. The term "New Spanish Catholic Girl" is preferred on this Wiki rather than "Catholic Mexican Girl", because we do not support cultural and national stereotypes. The name "New Spanish" makes reference to New Spain, a former Spanish colony that was located in North America (excluding a few territories like Canada, eastern USA and Alaska), and also Venezuela, the Philippines and various Caribbean islands. This is because this aesthetic focuses on the Spanish colonial era rather than modern day Mexico, and many Latin-American users have expressed distaste for its name. Therefore, we will respect their opinions and won't feed these negative stereotypes.
  2. Collection III | mirrorpalais.com
  3. The internet’s uneasy embrace of ‘Catholic Mexican Girl’ style | The Washington Post
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