For this week’s Fashion Throwback Thursday, Stefania Ottelli Zoletti shares with us some photographs of her mother moving from Ecuador to Italy, and finally settling in Scotland.
This is the adventurous life of Olga Isabel Angulo Aguirre. My mother’s life and family are a big melting pot of fun, emotions, languages and cultures. They are definitely the epitome of the fiery Latino ladies with voluptuous curves and sass. They all moved around the world following their instincts, hearts and the opportunities that came by.
Big Olga’s journey started in Ecuador. She lived in the warm salsa and spicy lands of Guayaquil, until she met my Italian father and moved to his home for 19 years. She had always focused on her career and she was well off in Guayaquil due to her achievements. The transition from city business woman to housewife in the valley didn’t sit well and unfortunately it led to my parents separating.
This took us to bonny Scotland, Edinburgh. Luckily my Abuelita, granny, and some of my aunties live here so my mother took the opportunity for me and my sister to learn English. We moved to Scotland on the 22nd of July 2004, an unforgettable date. There are no words to describe this woman’s strength, courage and will-power. All I know is that I’m lucky to have her as my mother.
1972 – Guayaquil, Ecuador. My mum’s quinceañera, 15th birthday. In Ecuador it’s an important party organised to introduce you to society as a young adult – you’re not considered a little kid anymore. She was dressed all in pink and she wore her first heels, kitten pink heels, which were given to her on a nice fluffy cushion. It was important for her godfather and godmother (far left) to give a talk and introduce her to family and friends.
1974 – Salinas Guayaquil, Ecuador. Vamos a la playa! Let’s go to the beach! During the summer holidays the city was far too hot and was unbearable for Abuelita, my granny, who suffers from asthma.