Climbing Cholitas Star Vogue Latin America Cover


The cholitas climbers of Bolivia star in one of the five covers of Vogue Latin America magazine with which this medium celebrates its 20th anniversary that reflects 20 years of art, fashion, culture and tradition.
Lidia Huayllas Estrada, Cecilia Llusco Alaña, Dora Magueño Machaca and Ana Lía Gonzales Magueño are the four Aymara women who decorate the cover between the beauty of the mountains, photo taken by Yumna Al-Arashi and with the production of Jean Mougin and Lana Salfiti.

Climbing cholitas are known nationally and internationally and became a world celebrity for mountain climbing. This female group scales with its traditional attire (skirts) and with the characteristic clothing of a climber, such as boots, harness, jacket, feathers, helmet, ropes and other elements.
Over the course of four years, the Cholitas have already climbed seven important mountains in South America.
“More than 6,000 meters high, the cholitas climbers of Bolivia, are an example of strength and conviction whose echo resonates throughout the world. We travel to the foothills of Huayna Potosí, a mountain located northwest of Bolivia, to learn about the life of these inspiring women, ”said this international media when presenting the cover on its website.
“I am very excited to be on this cover. For us it is a pride to be in such large magazines, ”says Huayllas, who comments that they passed the image of the cover by WhatsApp and that he still did not see how the note is in the pages inside the magazine.
Huayllas comments that the group’s next challenge is to climb Everest, the highest mountain in the world. “It will be almost like getting to heaven,” he says. He explains that for this they need to prepare a lot, even psychologically.

Thousands of likes

The cover with the photo of the cholitas scalers was shared by the social networks of Vogue Mexico and Latin America and after eight hours of being published on his Instagram account, the image already had more than 15,580 “likes”.

Anniversary edition

The website of this magazine ensures that on this occasion, through the covers of their magazines, they seek “that their message has such reach, that it achieves the interest of all and, at the same time, is able to open a space where each reality is included, from the big cities to the original communities of our America ”.
The Vogue team traveled throughout Latin America, as it says on its website, to look for stories of women protagonists who enhance the wealth of the region, paying tribute to the true leaders of these times.
“Five stories of bravery, which unite form with function, force with style and power with purpose. A true celebration that reflects the feeling of a culture. Women who dream big and break the barriers of the conventional. We celebrate the Latin woman in all her facets! ”

The other four Latin American women who illustrated the magazine’s anniversary edition are: Natalia Reyes, Juana Burga, Adriana Lestido and Tompkins Conservation.
Reyes, a Colombian actress who stars in the film “Terminator: Dark Fate”, exclusively tells about her career in film, the environment and what moves her the most in fashion.
The Nuna Awaq foundation of the Peruvian Burga model works to strengthen Peru’s local workforce and empower artisanal work.
Lestido, Argentine photographer, captures the rawness of the realities that few look at but that move everyone.
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins has been promoting environmental protection in South America for three decades through the Tompkins Conservation, a group of nonprofit organizations and agricultural companies.


Over the course of four years, the cholitas climbed seven important mountains of South America:1 . Acotango (6,079 meters), located on the border of Bolivia and Chile.2 . Parinacota (6,200 meters), located between the border of Bolivia and Chile.3. Pomarapi (6,000 meters).4. Huayna Potosí (6,088 meters).5. Illimani, in La Paz (6,462 meters).6. Sajama, in Oruro (6,542 meters).7. Aconcagua (6,962 meters) located in Mendoza (Argentina).


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