On the root of all of it is a need to assimilate — or, even escape. Rising up in a colony like Puerto Rico, I do know a factor or two about being indoctrinated into appearing, dressing, and aspiring to be like your colonizer — or the ruling class. From a younger age, I noticed native magazines preaching that the elegant and traditional kinds worn by socialites and royalty like Jackie Kennedy, Queen Letizia of Spain, and Kate Middleton, and which San Juan-based socialites adopted to a tee, have been superior to the tendencies that emerged on the streets of Puerto Rico. If a lady wished respectability, and most of all, entry to alternatives and areas she wasn’t presupposed to have, carrying fashionable trend tendencies, like saggy denims, colourful tube tops, and hoop earrings, was not the best way to go. The important thing was to appear to be you have been born into a lot wealth that you just had no motive to indicate it off — solely indulge in it. I navigated that form of code-switching from the time I used to be in center faculty. Once I moved to San Juan, the place wealthier communities lived, I shed layers of rural kinds and absorbed the Eurocentric seems to be celebrated there. “There’s a racist undertone on this as a result of it goes in opposition to the native cultural expressions of different communities, who should not the white elite,” says Beltrán.