Claudina Patricia Vazquez, MX Abrazo Child

Claudina Patricia Gonzalez Vazquez is the daughter of Mario Alberto Gonzalez Garcia and Patricia Claudina Vazquez de Gonzalez. Eight-year old Claudina is a 3rd grade Honor Roll student at United Day School. Claudina, better known as “Clau” by her family and friends, is a member of the school’s Cheerleading Squad. She is also part of the “Buen Pastor” program at Saint Patrick’s church. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, baking, and doing all types of arts and crafts.  Her love for the outdoors is one of her strongest characteristics.  She enjoys fishing and hunting with her older brother, Mario, at the family’s ranch.  She likes to travel and enjoys reading the Magic Tree House, Stella Batts and Harry Potter series—and even though she has a busy schedule, she always sets aside some time for her favorite TV shows!  Furthermore, Claudina’s determined personality has been prevalent since she was a toddler, and she uses that determination to help others.  Claudina is delighted and honored to represent Mexico, as she is fond of its culture, beauty and traditions.

What she’s wearing

Claudina proudly wears a stylized “China Poblana dress,” that is a very characteristic representation of Mexico.  This garment, used by the Mexican indigenous women, highlights Mexican values—this time honoring Frida Kahlo. Kahlo is internationally known for her active participation in Mexican politics and for her paintings. Her paintings reflect the pain of her childhood confined to a bed and the tumultuous relationship with her great love, Diego Rivera.

Some of her works can be seen in Claudina’s skirt. In the center, a child version of a Self-Portrait with Monkey. On one side, you can see one of the last works she did before she died, called “Viva la Vida, Sandias.” Also incorporated into the beautiful skirt are the parrots and flowers that she loved, as well as two hearts representing her great love for Diego. Also incorporated into Claudina’s costume is the rebozo, the classic Mexican shawl made famous by Kahlo. Kahlo popularized the rebozo during her work while living in France, Mexico, and the United States. You could say that Frida Kahlo is the nineteenth-century version of the China Poblana: brave, hardworking and attractive, using very colorful garments, representing elements of Mexican culture.