Collective ideas about womanhood are inseparable from discourses about race and ethnicity. The bodies of racialized women have been used to shape conceptions about the exotic ‘Other’, images of erotic fantasies, and even political discourses. At the same time, women are participants—not just symbols or tools—in the (re)shaping of meanings of racialized identities.
About The Author
Laura specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.