SAD GIRLS Y QUÉ 23-26 Tijuana, México
Categories: Feminist Collective

Posted: 13th February 2015

Feminism is something of a fashionable word right now. Open any fashion magazine and you'll find light-touch discussions on the topic (if we have to read another piece on Jenna Lyons- you get me?) . But what if you live in Tijuana, the worlds busiest border that straddles two universes; affluent San Diego and the less affluent Latin America. Well, then things become more complicated. Why? 6 women are killed daily in Mexico and most of the bodies are dumped and left un-investigated.

Meet Sad a girls Y Que, Tijuana's internet feminist group who, with their kitten memes, kawaii art work and acerbic wit are slowly unpicking the fabric of the machismo culture of Mexico that shrouds them. Unable to safely discuss their anger, humour and sex lives for fear of persecution from the conservative communities they inhabit, SGYQ launched an anonymous Facebook and Twitter which has since gathered tens of thousands of followers. No seriously, it had to be anonymous in Anna's own words, 'when you walk out onto the street you can feel the violence.'

The group is compromised of Anna Bon, 25, who fled the grips of an oppressively patriarchal Catholic school as a teenager and adores Fiona Apple, her cat Minerva and J.K. Rowling, Maite Soleno, also 25, who would 'relinquish two kidneys for PJ Harvey' and constantly has Nelly Furtardo's I'm Like A Bird on repeat, 25 year old 'hustler', college dropout and fashion designer Pau, 26 year old Ana Laura, Camarena Horror movie enthusiast, frustrated screenwriter and taxidermy aficionado and 23 year old Ariana who, when not at university studying for a degree in anthropology is mostly busy 'plotting to take down institutionalised forces that guide the patriarchal society we live in'. Kudos. All unanimously agree on one thing: the worship of Selena (a Chicana music star from the late 1990s).

Their Facebook page, which has over 15,000 likes will give you the strongest sense of their style: marajuana and oral sex are popular themes and their poster girls range from Hermoine Granger to Drake (sorry, babes). They've collaborated on a number of fashion collaborations with local Tijuana brands, and we're all over the Selena sweater that Ariana made (check it, you'll want one.) The future? To keep fighting the good fight and, as Pau puts it defying the people who 'as a young girl, told me what I couldn’t do because of being a woman and now I am doing it all, because indeed I am a woman.'

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:Pau: I’m a fashion designer and founder of Wear Haunted, a pseudo stylist-photographer-gif maker currently working at a digital agency trying to conquer the second most populated city in the world.Anna Bon: Professional fan girl, college drop out, Selena obsessed, founder of feminist collective Sad Girls y qué. Sometimes I confuse dreams with reality; my mom told me it was just a phase 15 years ago.Ariana: Condemned to the slavery of working for freedom. Senior college student, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Women’s studies. All I truly want is social justice for all genders, races and diversified abled bodies.HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU?Ariana: Glittering control freak.Ana Laura: An anxious, weird and slightly blunt girl.Maite: I guess the common denominator would be “really intense” lol. WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?Anna Bon: When things turn out right and when the people I love are successful but I’m definitely happiest in a hot shower singing Spice Girls or Fiona Apple. Ariana: When I’ve complied with deadlines and responsibilities and am able to enjoy the relief and privilege of ~free time~Ana Laura: When I’m finally writing something I like, but then I get writers block and the happiness ends.FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT/SHOP/HANG OUT?Pau: Favorite place to eat is La Cevichería Nice (Tijuana), I can never get enough of those delicious tostadas. Favorite place to shop is Rosa Pistola, where you can find lots of young Mexican designers and favorite place to hangout is any place with good coffee or tea.Ariana: Anywhere with a warm climate and smart, funny people. Ana Laura: Favorite hang out: my bedWHAT'S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Anna Bon: Just do what you want, what makes you happy, be kind to others and be truthful.Pau: Just do what you love and fuck the rest.Maite: Your present will almost always seem crazy/dumb in the future, unless you’re Beyoncé. SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?Maite: “loose rap” by Aaliyah.Pau: Let Me Blow Your Mind - Eve ft Gwen Stefani.Ariana: XTINA’S CAN’T HOLD US DOWN. WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD BE ON YOUR RIDER?Ariana: A polaroid instant camera, weed and glitter.Maite: a lot of food, a lot of weed, a lot of sparkle.Ana Laura: red jolly ranchers, Sephora gift cards and cold grapes.Anna Bon: Haribo gummy bears, bottled water and dark chocolate Kisses. AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: You Schaffner
Why: Because she’s an amazing, talented artist from my hometown with a unique sound.