Skelita Calaveras

With all the imaginary of the Día de Muertos Skelita is the hexican sugar skull (yes, in the Monster High universe with h) and was designed by designer Natalie Villegas who made this character inspired by part of her Mexican heritage.

Skelita, as its name suggests, represents a skeleton from the Día de Muertos with a certain Amy Winehouse flair, a face made up like a sugar skull and a skirt made with Día de Muertos flags.

This festivity, an intangible heritage of humanity, is carried out to honor the dead and, although when the Spanish arrived with their Catholicism they influenced the celebration in some way, pre-Hispanic Mexico already had a strong and rich culture of death. All this plus the events that have been happening to this day have been modelling this unique celebration where people eat, sing and prepare the "visit" of the souls that are no longer with us and for that they make an altar with ... the famous brightly colored alfeñique skulls, famous in the world as a representation of such a special celebration and the result of the mixture of pre-Hispanic rituals and the alfeñique, a moldable recipe of origin Arabic very popular in Al-Andalus and brought by the Spanish to a Mexico that, undoubtedly, perfected it and endowed it with bright colors to celebrate the lives of those departed souls. The story of Skelita as a character revolves around all this imaginary, as she actively interacts in the preparations for Día de Muertos and her favorite color (that of the strands of her hair) is the marigold color, related to the Sun and the Cempasúchil flower that guides the dead ones back to their homes.

Skelita raised a lot of controversy when certain sectors claimed that it could provoke eating disorders but Skelita did not pretend to be a body standard to follow, she is a skeleton that represents death and a part of the rich culture around it of a country and this, well explained to the children, should not pose any kind of problem, on the contrary, Skelita could be a good ally to start teaching children the beautiful and rich Mexican culture and explain to them in an understandable and not macabre way something that we tend to keep apart from their lives but that will inevitably come to us all, death. In factThe common denominator of all the characters in the Monster High line is that being the children of famous monsters, they have certain attributes that make them unique but that in turn make them fear being discriminated against for this reason, so well explained it can be a lesson of empowerment and acceptance of all the differences and particularities that we or those around us have.

Since its creation by Garrett Sander, the characters in the Monster High line have always proven to have a broad cultural background to dig into afterwards. Whether in the form of romantic literature, legends of icy countries or ancient cultures such as the Egyptian or the Mexican ones, these dolls offered a golden opportunity to learn through play. And it is that in this century, to that spanish saying that says that "Fascism is cured by reading and racism is cured by traveling" could it lack a "first playing"?