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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - Contents -

DRESSED IN TRA­DI­TIONAL POLLERAS (VO­LU­MI­NOUS SKIRTS) AND COLOUR­FUL FRINGED SHAWLS, THE FLY­ING CHOLITAS ARE BO­LIVIA’S NEW SU­PER­HEROES. These unique fe­male wrestlers live in the el­e­vated plains of the An­des, and meet ev­ery Sun­day to per­form for an au­di­ence of hun­dreds. Most Cholita wrestlers are Ay­mara, an indige­nous peo­ple who, ac­cord­ing to Brazil­ian pho­tog­ra­pher Luisa Dörr, have en­dured eth­nic op­pres­sion and ex­ploita­tion since the Span­ish coloni­sa­tion of the re­gion. They have since re­claimed their tra­di­tional dress and re­pur­posed the pe­jo­ra­tive ‘chola’ de­monym, mak­ing a name for them­selves as part of the larger Ti­tans of the Ring wrestling col­lec­tive in El Alto, which in­cludes male and fe­male wrestlers.

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