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Wed May 6, 2020, 12:34 PM

In Latin America, face masks become a form of expression

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press
Updated 10:22 am CDT, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

HAVANA (AP) Rarely used in Latin America outside hospitals before the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are now compulsory for subway riders, supermarket shoppers and even joggers in some countries and they're becoming a colorful part of the region's daily life.

Motifs showing up on masks are varied, often reflecting local cultures. There are lucha libre-themed masks in Mexico, logos of soccer clubs in Argentina, Batman characters in Peru and colorful swimsuit prints in Colombia.

Some activists sport masks with political statements.

Its a garment that has a strong visual impact, says Lauren Fajardo, one of the owners of Cuban fashion brand Dador. It is also a way to express yourself. I dont even have to talk for someone to see what Im trying to say with my face mask.


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