Aquetzali B’e Noj, a 26-year-old drag queen from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, wears a long skirt and a woven huipil, a blouse typical in Guatemala’s indigenous communities. For her, drag is a way to express her identity. Being indigenous, or native Guatemalan, is a major part of that. “I choose to wear my typical indigenous clothing when in drag to show that it’s not bad to do so. I’m not doing it to make fun of the culture as some people who aren’t part of the community do,” Aquetzali said. “There is an idea that the indigenous community is more conservative, but that’s not necessarily true. I want to show the true identity of the indigenous community.” A silver crown rests on top of Aquetzali’s long, sleek black hair. She wears the crown proudly as Guatemala’s first Reina Indígena Trans, which translates directly to Indigenous Trans Queen.
December 17 / NBC News