National Geographic : 1944 Feb
From the Halls of Montezuma <7 © National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Richard II. Stewart Old Mexico's "China Girl" Smiles at a "Cowboy" in a Convent Garden A favorite costume of Mexican women is the China Poblana (left). Legend tells that the original was designed by a Chinese princess, sold into slavery in Mexico by pirates. Bought by a Pueblo couple, she later inherited their fortune, which she spent to help the poor.