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YALITZA APARICIO IS the first indigenous woman to win an Oscar nomination, and the first to make the covers of such major fashion magazines as Vogue and Vanity Fair. EFE

Her success as an actress and the exposure Alfonso Cuarón and "Roma" have given her, inevitably made Aparicio a trailblazer, a pioneer, a flag bearer for her people who has pushed open doors unfairly closed to indigenous Mexicans for generations.