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These Are Not Your Typical Wrestlers, They’re Way Better

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Don’t let the colorful poofy skirts, braided hair and stocky physique fool you. These cholitas luchadoras can kick your a$$. For a good buck, they actually wrestle each other while their town watches.

Cholita, the diminutive of chola, is the name given to the local indigenous women of El Alto, Bolivia, and some of them have become celebrities thanks to the sport. Juan Mamani, a local luchador, taught them how to wrestle after people had lost interest in watching his fights.

“At the beginning, they thought of it as a bit of a joke,” said photographer Eduardo Leal. But that soon changed. “They are hugely popular, compared to the men,” he said.

When the cholitas hold a fight on Sundays, there are many tourists watching, but mostly locals. “I could see the local crowd was nearly all their friends,” Leal said.

Their popularity has come with a price, though. Some of them have lost their husbands or boyfriends because the men can’t stand to see the women show off their strength. You know, typical machista attitude.

The women dropped Mamani as their boss because he was keeping most of the money, according to Leal, but the cholitas have kept on fightin’.

Check out more pictures of these fierce women at Refinery29


READ: Would You Be Willing to Wrestle in an Old Garage for the Chance of Winning $12?

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This Latina Might Make You Think Twice About Shaving

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This Latina Might Make You Think Twice About Shaving

Next time you shave your legs and armpits, think about why you’re doing it. Are you doing it because you want to? Or are you simply following beauty conventions set forth by society? And can you ever just say f*ck the razor?

Molly Soda, a Puerto Rico-born web artist and explorer of self-identity, wants you to know that you have an option.

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A few years ago, Soda stopped shaving her body and was terrified of the way people would see her – but she realized an important lesson.

“When I first took the plunge and decided to stop shaving, my biggest fear was that men would no longer find me attractive and that the sight of my body hair would repulse them or scare them away,” she told Nylon. “This thought process is harmful. It teaches us to place value on ourselves, our bodies and our worth based on how we fit into the male gaze.”

The best part about having all her body hair back, is that she’s using it as a tool to “weed out” those guys who just care about her looks and not what she’s really about. So she said “eff you” to those men, as well.

In the end, “Body hair doesn’t make you any less feminine or any less attractive,” she said. “Choosing to shave doesn’t mean that you’re insecure. The strongest statement you can make is to take control of your body and present yourself in whatever way that makes you feel comfortable.”

So shave or don’t shave, but do it for you and no one else.

Check out what else Molly has to say about shaving here. 

READ: F* Your Machismo, These Women Take Back Womanhood


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