On September 28, Netflix premiered a reality show unlike any other. While we have our fair share of rich socialites displaying their lives for all to gawk at on just about every network, there’s hasn’t been a reality show that has ever featured Mexicans until now.
“Made In Mexico” shows the life of nine individuals all living in Mexico City. Pepe Díaz, a businessman; Carlos Girón Longoria, a TV show host, Liz Woodburn, a food blogger, Columba Díaz, a model, Chantal Trujillo an Instagram lifestyle blogger, Shanik Aspe, a TV personality and aspiring singer, Roby Checa, the bad boy, Hanna Jaff, an accomplished and charitable person, and Kitzia Mitre, a mom, wife, and fashion designer. While they’re all very different, their love of Mexico is at the forefront of the show.
Still, despite the promise of diversity, the show has received a mass of criticism for its main cast, which is entirely made up of white Latinos. In a review of scathing critiques of the show Latino USA, recently spotted the words of communication scholar Maria DeMoya who called the show ” whitewashed and a very typical way we do television and advertising in Latin America, and that’s the sad truth.”
For a better understanding of the show’s issue of diversity, Fierce spoke with Kitzia Mitre on her opinions about the controversy, on potential seasons, that epic Thanksgiving fight, and much more.
Q: How did the show come about and why did you choose to be on a reality show?
KM: I started auditioning more than two years ago via Skype because the production company is in America. When I was offered this project, I never thought about doing something like this ever. I’m a fashion designer, I’m a mom, I have so many things going on in my life and I thought “reality TV” is just not for me.
Then again, I thought if I don’t take this opportunity, one day I would think “f*ck, why didn’t I do this?” When opportunity comes knocking on your door, you have to open it because you may never get that chance ever again.
Q: Now that the show is over, are you happy that you did it?
KM: I am so happy I did the show. I don’t regret a single thing. I really had a blast, and I hope there’ll be ten more seasons. I could be doing this forever.
Q: Speaking of, do you know if there’s going to be a season two?
KM: We don’t know anything yet. I’m guessing Netflix is going to announce whatever the news will be when it happens. I don’t know if the producers are aware. I really don’t know anything. We have been asking them, but there is still no news.
Q: If there is a season two, do you think the same cast will be return?
KM: I am really not sure. I think though, changes will be made. But I am not aware of those changes either.
Q: When you guys were filming “Made In Mexico”, what were you hoping audiences would take from the show?
KM: I really like people seeing how amazing Mexico City really is. Like, stop thinking Mexico is this horrible place, with narcs, or women disappearing, and start seeing another side to the city, and how beautiful it is. Yesterday, I was dining with ten people at a restaurant with three Michelin stars, and it’s like we have all of that here. And it’s such an amazing city.
I think the press regards Mexico in a negative way. We so much culture, and restaurants, and art. It’s one of the rare cities that has so many museums. It’s an amazing place to come and visit, and not be afraid of getting mugged or kidnapped. I’ve lived here my entire life and have never been mugged or witness something like that. I mean, I know it’s there, but there’s another side that is so beautiful.
Q: What was your reaction to the finished show that we all got to see?
KM: I know they edited it in a way to make us look silly or make fun of us. But on the other hand, I do think the editing was perfect because it made it clear who we are. It’s not easy to introduce nine people, but by they end, if you watch it all, you get the essence of who we are.
Q: One of the biggest storylines on the show was your opposition toward Hanna. How real was that? Most of the cast did not get along with her.
KM: I do feel the show portrayed how it actually was. Like Thanksgiving dinner…
[Spoiler alert, 80% of the people that attended the Thanksgiving dinner threw a lot of shade toward Hanna, and accused her of being fake.]
It was the first dinner I have ever been to that got like Jerry Springer style. It was so much worse in person than what they showed on TV. To this day, whatever you are seeing on TV is what is going on right now.
Q: What is your response to people who didn’t like the show because it only featured fair-skinned Mexicans?
KM: You can never accurately represent a country of 130 million people with nine people. That’s impossible to start with. I am Mestiza and am super proud of my heritage, and I totally understand where this criticism is coming from, but I think in a country that is so vibrant, so rich in culture, and is so amazing, why focus on this? There’s so much richness in this country, like come here and see it for yourself and see all type of Mexicans because we are all Mexican.
Q: Your storyline showed how you balance married life, being a mom, and being a designer. How was filming all of that for you?
KM: It’s insane because we women have so much pressure to be perfect all the time, I do sometimes feel overwhelmed because I am also currently getting my PhD, and relaunching my line, and I have a toddler who is not in school yet, of course it’s overwhelming. But I have a huge support system.
Q: Right now, the biggest reason Mexico is in the headline is because of the refugee caravan. What is your response to that?
KM: I am extremely still worried not only about the migration from Honduras but all the migration that is happening around the world. It’s such a complicated subject. People wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t have a need to, but how can we solve this? I think the most powerful minds in the world need to come together and figure out how to solve this because it’s not only happening here. I think it’s a problem that is happening on both sides. These people are not an army, they are family, they are human. I don’t know what the solution is. But how can we create jobs for these people and help them when we need to help our own people. I am deeply worried about this subject worldwide.