Rosie is gentle and unassuming, her look is an aesthetic of resistance that Xicana’s feel deeply committed too, as she describes, “style is a resistance.” Rosie commented before our podcast that women sometimes recognize her on the streets of Los Angele and find themselves moved in her presence, crying and commenting on what her images mean to them. What is captivating about Rosie’s photos is how you feel as if she is representing herself in a complete way. Manicured and styled, oozes intention and comfort in her. Perhaps that’s where the base of her following comes from. She isn’t a celebrity or someone that seeks attention or an audience. She has no presence other then her photos and how those photos represent her perspective. She is uncompromising and consistent in a community of Xicana’s in LA. Los Agneles is one of the epicenters of the latinx diaspora, communities constantly negotiation space and finding their voice. Through her aesthetic she speaks and her over 12,000 Instagram followers are listening.
In describing Rosie within a sophisticated analysis of Chicana representation, Ivonne Gonzalez writes, “When I encountered “La Chicana” Rosie’s Tumblr, I knew I had encountered something beautifully radical and special. On both her Tumblr and Instagram, Rosie shows how young Chicana women can use social media as an avenue for self-expression and self-representation. Unlike the other photographs in this exhibit, these photographs are captured by a Chicana herself. There are a few sites within Los Angeles that she has chosen to feature on her Instagram page, and I think that these places are indicators of a Chicana’s mobility throughout L.A. Social media allows Chicanas to interpret their own photography, instead of depending on archival institutions that might not do justice to their feminist projects. “
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