At the age of 24, Esteban Sinisterra Dresses Colombia’s First Black Female Vice President

Esteban Sinisterra


Esteban Sinisterra Paz, a 24-year-old Colombian student, rose to prominence after the wardrobe of Colombia’s first Black Vice President, Francia Marquez, made headlines. His fashion pieces, which he refers to as “the resistance fashion,” have a unique way of catching the public’s attention with their Afro-Colombian patterned style; a fitting description of the vice president’s persona, who is a single mother and former domestic worker who endeared herself to many when she led a group of 80 women on a 350-mile march to Bogota in protest of a goldmine in her community.

Esteban and Francia believe they have a shared past that extends beyond an employee-employer relationship because they were both uprooted by Colombia’s struggle between rebel factions. Francia, in his opinion, offers the long-awaited hope for Colombia Pacific. Most importantly, both grew up in poverty and with limited access to opportunity, which continues to afflict millions in their home region.

Esteban finds it a privilege to work for the vice president due to mutual conditions. He remembers receiving an unexpected call from the then-political candidate demanding two outfits; a call made possible only by the recommendation of a friend. Because of that life-changing experience, the two’s friendly connection has contributed to the recognition of Colombian fashion both domestically and worldwide.

When Esteban isn’t in class studying to keep his academic wheels turning, he sits in his windowless room in Cali, spinning his creative web to provide another fashion masterpiece for the vice president, according to the Guardian. In his opinion, Francia’s meteoric rise from poverty to the presidency reflects the ambitions and voices of millions of rural Colombians, and there is no better way to demonstrate this than through her fashion statements.

Esteban debuted in the fashion world as a result of his life-long dream, similar to Francia’s major break in politics. Born to humble parents in the little village of Santa Barbara de Iscuande, near the Pacific Ocean, he was driven to pick up the profession of beautifying the wardrobes of his clients out of the need to feed his family.

His success in the fashion industry can be attributed to two of the first ladies in his life, his aunt and grandmother, local designers who taught him the art while sewing garments for a living. Esteban’s father initially discouraged him from pursuing a creative career, so he enrolled at a local institution to study social work and get away from his love of fashion design. But, his father’s and the rest of his family’s current support has been impressively overwhelming. Free to pursue his creative dream, he used social media to deliberately build and expand his client base under the fashion brand Esteban African.


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