Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix | July 18th, 2023

Karla Martinez de Salas Has Created A Distinct Fashion Voice for Latin America

Through her appointment in 2016 as Head of Content at Vogue Mexico and Latin America, Karla Martinez de Salas took on the singular duty of accelerating the region’s global fashion influence while simultaneously running the two distinct books she looks over. The tenacity that has followed Martinez de Salas’ impressive career has been present since she first moved cross-country from the Southwest to New York to start in the fashion industry as a sales intern. She had already sampled a few places before locking in on the editorial world, securing an assistant position at Vogue’s NY offices before swiftly rising through the ranks to become the Associate Fashion Editor, working with esteemed Vogue bigwigs like Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Camilla Nickerson, and Phyllis Posnick.

With tenure at T, Interview, and W Magazine, after a fateful family move to Mexico City, she returned to Vogue in 2016, and through her leadership, the publication has maintained its exclusive editorial perspective while establishing groundbreaking alliances in the market. She has ushered in notable covers featuring luminaries like Yalitza Aparicio, Jennifer Lopez, Kali Uchis, and Zoe Saldana, as well as models Lineisy Montero, Mica Argañaraz, Tindi Mar, Devyn Garcia, Krini Hernandez, Quannah Chasinghorse, and America Gonzalez. As a further testament to her commendable curation, she has brought in top names like Tim Walker, Inez and Vinoodh, Emma Summerton, and Norman Jean Roy while also championing the new guard of creatives like Emmanuel Sanchez Monsalve, Micaiah Carter, Alexander Saladrigas, and Enrique Leyva. Shot by Mauricio Sierra, spoke to the editor about her career-defining move to Mexico City, the many Latin American designers on her radar, and her unwavering dedication to morphing the creative landscape in her thriving region.

Editor in Chief: Stephan Moskovic
Managing Editor and Interviewer: Irene Ojo-Felix
Director: Mauricio Sierra
Cover photo: Stephan Moskovic
Editing / Post-Production: Caffeine Post
Production: John Willment-Knowles and Lucía Cano at ArkHaus
Production Assistant: Ximena Sordo
DP: Pablo Da Ronco
Camera Assistant: Manolo Mosquera
Sound: Carlos Villagomez
Focus Puller: Hansel Castillero
Post Production: ArkHaus Productions
Fashion Director: Valentina Collado
PR & Communications Manager Conde Nast Mexico: Emiliano Martinez Requejo
Models: Dalzel Roman at Güerxs Agency, Valeria Martinez at MMRUNWAY, Maria Ibarra and Mariana Zaragoza at Paragon Models
Location: Mondrian Mexico City Condesa
c/o Carlos Obregon and Jimena Gonzalez Yuste
Special thanks to Conde Nast, Mondrian Mexico City Condesa, Caffeine Post, ArkHaus, Sasha Grinblat, and Christopher Michael at Egos and Icons