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DALLAS -- It's the secret even nature couldn't keep, as winds forced Big Tex's unveiling a day early.

All day Thursday, workers prepping for the State Fair of Texas couldn't help but snap a few pictures of new-look Big Tex. It was a Texas-sized makeover; fitted with new boots, new clothes, and even a new face.

'He kind of looks tired though,' Barbara York laughed.

'He looks a little stressed out... and a little old,' Boyd Gregory said.

While Big Tex's unveiling is a spectacle by itself, opinions on his new look have certainly dominated social media. Some people have written that he looks 'darker' and even gone on to call the new Big Tex 'Big Tex-Mex.'

'He looks Hispanic, and I actually thought that's a good thing,' said fair goer Barbara York.

Activist Domingo Garcia doesn't mind what a very small minority has labeled the Texas icon; he said it all depends on the intent. If the intent is to stereotype the Hispanic population, then it's crossing the line.

'Big Tex represents all of Texas, and Texans come in all shapes and colors and we need to embrace that diversity,' Garcia said.

'He can be who you want him to be,' said Sue Gooding of the State Fair of Texas.

Gooding said generations of families have come to know and love Big Tex through all its changes over the decades, and said the spirit of Big Tex is fully realized in this year's version.

'Every one of them have an opinion on what Big Tex needs to look like,' Jer Giles said.

He helped with Big Tex starting back in the 1970s, and painted him up until this year.

Giles said taking on Big Tex is a project that comes with a lot of responsibility and pressures.

He'll see the new Big Tex when he arrives at the State Fair on Friday, and see for himself the changes made to the Texas icon.

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