Rita's pants: The charro traje and trans-sensuality

Deborah R. Vargas

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Chicana singer Rita Vidaurri is one of very few women to ever perform publicly in Mexico wearing charro pants. This analysis argues that Rita Vidaurri's self-fashioned appropriation of Mexico's nationalist charro costume establishes trans-sensuality as an affect of mexicanidad. Vidarrui's charro pants represent a trans-sensual performative vernacular that breaks with heteromasculinist constructions of mexicanidad. Traditionally, what has literally and figuratively stitched masculinity and mexicanidad together has been the charro costume, in particular the pants and hat. The curves and hips of Vidaurri's female body ''la Jorge Negreta''-the nickname bestowed upon her by her audience-metaphorically stretches the stitching of the charro pants to produce a non-heteromasculinist sensuality of mexicanidad.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalWomen and Performance
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


  • Chicana
  • Mexican charro
  • Rita Vidaurri
  • female singer
  • nation
  • race
  • ranchera music
  • sensuality
  • sexuality


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