The Flying Cholitas

Ladies and gentleman, from the highest city in the world, El Alto, at 4000 meters above sea level: The Flying Cholitas!

The history of the cholitas is as fascinating as their iconic dress. As indigenous women, the cholitas have long been one of Bolivia’s most marginalized groups. With limited career opportunities and a need to put food on the table, the women began organizing and advocating for civil rights in the 1960s. Over the years, as these women gained more power and freedoms, becoming more equal to their male counterparts, the term, “cholitas,” lost its derogatory connotation. Now, it’s a symbol of female empowerment. .
Thanks @light for giving me the opportunity and freedom to do this story. @mkahn11 

This work was made with @light L16 camera 
Text by Marco Quispe


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