Face mask fashion: Cuban quinceaneras become chicer amid coronavirus pandemic

Cuban ladies are turning face masks right into a style accent for his or her quinceanera photoshoots, designing them to match their 15th party outfits—each out of security issues. And to point out how they got here of age through the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuba made face masks compulsory in public areas early on within the outbreak and credit them with serving to it include the unfold of the coronavirus on the island. On Monday, it registered zero new circumstances nationwide.

Because the nation eases lockdown restrictions, face masks are even turning into a part of the quinceanera celebrations – a ceremony of passage into womanhood familiar all through Latin America – that sometimes contains photoshoots with many glamorous ensembles.

“I needed to design my face masks to suit with my outfit and for all the colors to work,” stated birthday lady Sofia Valenzuela, on the sidelines of a seashore photoshoot in a floaty white costume.

“The face masks were important as a result of it marked a necessary stage of my life, these three months of the pandemic.”

Valenzuela did a few of her shoots with no masks lined in colorful graffiti, whereas sporting a black prime, black and white checkered mini skirt, and matching face masks.

Her seamstress Migdalaixis Sanchez stated she interlaced black and white stripes to create the fabric for the fabric masks. Some retailers are nonetheless shut within the wake of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, so creating matching covers will not be all the time straightforward.

“I needed to innovate,” she stated. “It’s a must to please these celebrating their quinceanera.”

Photographer Manuel Padron, who has been taking pictures quinceaneras for greater than 10 years, says the women discover sporting a face mask – referred to as “nasobuco” or “nostril mouth” in Cuban Spanish – eye-catching “as if it was a part of the entire presentation.”

Birthday lady Thaidelen Gonzalez stated it was additionally merely about being cautious.

“The images will prove effectively anyway, so sporting a face mask and taking care of oneself will not be too onerous,” she stated.

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