The dark side of the Queen by Nelson Morales

Nelson Morales is a Muxe photographer from Oaxaca based in Mexico City. His work is primarily based on themes of sexual diversity, gender, and identity. Throughout his journey, it has been important to also inquire about himself and the things that surround him to reflect on where he is situated and what he can contribute to visual culture.

“Since I was a child, I had this fascination for beauty pageants, especially pageant crowns, their symbols and meanings, their beauty, and the variety of them in different cultures. I have previously been portraying transvestite and transgender beauty queens in Muxe culture and was struck by their obsession with becoming a beauty queen. This series is more introspective and conceptual images where the play of colors, fabrics, shapes, imagination and mystery seduce us. Behind the fabrics and shapes are hidden stories of life, longing, and fantasies in which all of us at some point in our lives have dreamed of.”

Instagram: @nelsonmoralesmx