Netflix’s “La Flor Más Bella” Is Not Your Typical Teen Present

“La flor más bella/The Most Stunning Flower” is Netflix’s newest teen sequence and in some ways, it looks as if your typical coming-of-age story. The ten-part sequence follows underdog Mich as she units out to beat highschool. However the present is obvious from the very starting that it is distinct. It is set in Mexico, informed in Spanish, and focused to anybody who’s ever felt completely different.

“Having a curvy, brunette, Mexican protagonist who embraces widespread and folkloric traditions and customs, and who additionally is aware of she is fabulous and is proud to be all of that, representing so many, it is the perfect revolution,” says present co-creator Michelle Rodríguez. “La flor más bella” is loosely based mostly on her life, rising up in Xochimilco, a neighborhood in Mexico Metropolis well-known for its canals and colourful barges.

In response to government producer and Campanario Leisure’s co-founder Jaime Dávila, Netflix initially reached out eager to do a YA present set in Mexico. So he tapped his community, who shortly nominated comic Rodríguez. “She simply made us chuckle, which is already actually a very powerful factor. After which secondly, all the things she represented and all the things she was saying was so highly effective to us,” Dávila tells hollywoodnewsflash.us. “It felt actually highly effective for our group — giving Latinos the chance to speak about sure points that possibly they do not speak about.” These points vary from classism to physique positivity, queer rights, and racism, including as much as a reasonably completely different present than we’re used to seeing.

For Rodríguez, that distinction is simply her private expertise. “Sharing what I’ve realized alongside the best way has all the time appeared to me like an excellent thought,” she explains. “And if doing so makes somebody on the market hook up with me, to my story, and really feel represented and motivated to maintain going, then that is an excellent higher incentive for me to do it.”

“It is a story a few younger lady from Xochimilco — you may’t get extra particular than that,” says Dávila. “However I feel we have all been underestimated — I feel we have all felt misunderstood — that is common. And so I hope that individuals, by the specificity of this younger Mexican lady, additionally see themselves.” Asking audiences throughout the globe to see themselves in Mich’s particular circumstances appears like a giant leap ahead for Latina illustration.

Take, for instance, how “La flor más bella” portrays Mexico. For Rodríguez and Dávila, the intense, stunning Mexico of the present is solely their fact. “Mexico is a fascinating place,” Rodríguez says. “Once I began telling my story to the author, Fernanda Eguiarte, she was fascinated by Xochimilco and the tales I lovingly informed her of the place that raised me. Instantly, we determined that Xochimilco and Mexico can be vital characters on this story. Exhibiting a vibrant Mexico, the place you could be who you’re, is a part of the invitation to really feel pleased with being who you’re.”

La Flor mas Bella del Ejido Temporada 1. Esmeralda Soto in La flor mas Bella del Ejido Temporada 1. Cr. Amanda Safa/Netflix ©2022

“The Mexico you see in media of drug wars and violence nonstop, it is simply not true. The Mexico that we shot in ‘La flor más bella’ is the Mexico I do know. It is vibrant, it is stunning, it is various, it is difficult.”

For Dávila, it was additionally a political name. “Being a Mexican American meant, for me personally, being in Mexico loads. And each time once I would come again, individuals would say ‘wow, what was it like? Was it actually harmful?’ And you are like, ‘No, I used to be visiting my aunt’s. It is a metropolis, a traditional metropolis,'” he remembers. “The Mexico you see in media of drug wars and violence nonstop, it is simply not true. The Mexico that we shot in ‘La flor más bella’ is the Mexico I do know. It is vibrant, it is stunning, it is various, it is difficult.”

A part of that complication is race, class, and colorism — a tough topic the present would not shrink back from. In reality, Mich’s major antagonists are a bunch of white Mexicans at college. They’re the favored youngsters and the bullies — their gentle pores and skin granting all of them kinds of favors from their friends and their academics. One among them additionally occurs to be Mich’s cousin, Brenda, who antagonizes her prima nonstop. And even because the present units up Brenda because the villain, it is cautious to complicate that. Brenda might wield her energy cruelly at college however she’s caught with a homelife that had her develop up too quickly. Certainly, she’s jealous of Mich’s upbringing and her capacity to like herself regardless of society’s requirements.

“In Mexico, oftentimes, in your personal household, you have got completely different shades, you have got completely different colours, and your loved ones treats you otherwise in consequence. I noticed it in my circle of relatives.”

“In Mexico, oftentimes, in your personal household, you have got completely different shades, you have got completely different colours, and your loved ones treats you otherwise in consequence. I noticed it in my circle of relatives. I see it with my grandma, God bless her,” recounts Dávila. In terms of Mexican illustration in movie, telenovelas, and even information anchors, the illustration has traditionally been on the lighter facet. However “La flor más bella” challenges that, decentering the blonde prima for the darker, heavier Mich.

“Persons are so typically judged by a canopy and I simply assume it is such a mistake,” says Dávila. There is a plot within the present the place Mich, a tremendous singer, and performer, desires the lead within the faculty musical. They’re doing a tackle “Alice in Wonderland” and the trainer prefers the blond, slender Alice of the Disney cartoon.

La Flor mas Bella del Ejido Temporada 1. Esmeralda Soto in La flor mas Bella del Ejido Temporada 1. Cr. Amanda Safa/Netflix ©2022

Mich would not let the drama trainer’s racist worldview cease her. With the assistance of her supporting associates, she asserts that she is Alice of Xochimilco and retains at it. Sure, generally she will get annoyed —particularly when her white boyfriend of a 12 months nonetheless refuses to take their relationship public or when she seems invisible at college — even to the principal. However that is Mich’s story and he or she is set to be the central character in her life, it doesn’t matter what the world throws at her.

“She isn’t a sufferer neither is she a personality who’s there purely for comedic reduction. Having such a personality is therapeutic, inspiring, and highly effective for all of us who’ve by no means felt represented on display screen earlier than. Recognizing that we’re fabulous is one thing that we’re not taught at college and generally not at dwelling both,” explains Rodríguez. “That’s the reason it’s so vital that this Mich exhibits everybody how fabulous she is, so that each one those that see themselves mirrored in her, know there’s nothing to be uncomfortable about. That is your physique, stay your life!”

As a excessive schooler, Mich is determining who she is. However whether or not she’s grappling with how others understand her physique, her personal sexuality, or the racial politics of Mexico — self-love stays. That is actually the place the present finds its energy. “Folks ought to really feel higher about themselves and simply love themselves. As a result of that is the key . . . and it is arduous, proper? It is actually arduous. It is actually difficult in a world the place you are getting so many messages from media, from your personal household,” Dávila attests.

“Ever since I used to be a little bit lady, I dreamed of being an artist and I assumed that I couldn’t be within the tv, music, and theater business, as a result of I not often noticed ladies like me,” says Rodríguez, explaining how society’s expectations affected her rising up. “‘The Most Stunning Flower” is the sequence that I’d have favored to see as a toddler and adolescent, even now I’m nonetheless letting the message this story conveys sink in. I hope the viewers connects with the story and with Mich who is aware of how you can have fun variations and who believes that flaws could be superpowers.”

Mich’s self-love actually does really feel completely different from a coming-of-age heroine, and that is earlier than including in how the present normalizes Mexico, or the way it asks viewers to interact in advanced conversations round race, class, and sexuality in Latin American society. It questions who’s worthy of affection and why. Taken all collectively, these components arrange a brand new kind of illustration. One, that as co-creator Rodríguez says, has the potential to be the perfect kind of revolution.

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