Photo: Nicola “Ókin” Frioli
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 12:47 PM EDT

Mexico City-based photographer Nicola "Ókin" Frioli recently traveled to Zapotec communities around the town of Juchitán to capture the beauty of "muxes," or transgender women who are celebrated as symbols of good luck. According to the New York Times, the third gender identity refers to pre-colonial "accounts of cross-dressing Aztec priests and Mayan gods who were male and female at the same time." 

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(h/t Feature Shoot)

*This story has been updated since publication.