Pelegrina Pastorino

"Péle", Pelegrina Pastorino, Lady's Fashion Catalogue, Spring Season Harrods Buenos Aires editorial, March 1925

Péle,[1] a nickname for Pelegrina Pastorino,[2] (1902 Genova, Italy - 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina) she was a reputable Argentine women's fashion reporter, fashion editor, critics translator, feminist educator, and a member of the Florida group; she actively participated in the movement of women's rights during the 1930s and 1940s period.


Pele was born at Palazzo Pastorino[3], undoubtedly one of the most beautiful examples of the work of the famous Italian Architect Gino Coppede (1866 - 1927) a foremost exponent of 'Art Nouveau', located on Via Bartolomeo Bosco, 57, Genova GE, Italy, the Palazzo was built for the wealthy Pastorino family and is situated in Portoria central Genoa. Later on in her childhood, she arrived in Argentina with her immigrant family at an early age, eventually, once she reached her maturity age, her family sent her back to Italy to finishing school. In Italy, she was educated in fashion, fine arts and letters at "Academia di Belle Arti di Brera" of Milan. Initially, Pele started her career as a fashion model and public relations person for the British company Harrods, representing fashion commercials in portraits promoting women equality and feminist fashion trends, bringing women trousers to Argentina and taking part in commercials for the cigarette company Primeros "fags for ladies" own by Greek-Argentine businessman Aristotle Onassis.[4]

Pelegrina Pastorino and Maria Rosa Oliver, at Hurlingham Club (Argentina), picture taken in 1938 by photographer Shesha Pereyra-Iraola.

Journalistic workEdit

She began participating in the Feminist Movement while working at Sur (magazine), a magazine published since 1931 until 2002.[5] Her work with María Rosa Oliver as a multilingual translator[6] provided editorial content supporting recognition of women in the workplace and equality in society at large. She participated in international feminist engagements from her position as private assistant to famous feminist and Argentine writer Victoria Ocampo.

Victoria Ocampo (right), and Péle Pastorino (left), at Villa Ocampo, 1972.

Humanitarian workEdit

During World War II, Pele took part in humanitarian work in the rescue of women and children exiting Europe by finding them homes in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, as a participant of the International Red Cross and Unesco refugees training assistant program. She was the aunt of famous Argentine actress Malvina Pastorino, Pele was married in Cordoba to the Argentine essayist Nicolás Barrios-Lynch.


  1. ^ Multimedia Archive Villa Ocampo, a UNESCO Foundation.
  2. ^ Maria Belén Hernández-González (2016). "The Construction of the Memory of Italy in Argentina through a Choice of Translated Essays". CALL: Irish Journal for Culture, Arts, Literature and Language.
  3. ^ Image Archive of Palazzo Pastorino by Gino Coppede, Genova, Italy 2018 |
  4. ^ Onassis Foundation -
  5. ^ Towards a Reading of the Argentine Literary Magazine Sur,by John King, Latin American Research Review Vol. 16, No. 2 (1981), pp. 57-78
  6. ^ Multilingual Papers, Princeton University.