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A female Lucha libre wrestler Lady Monster ties up her mask in the backstage before a fight at a local arena in Mexico City, Mexico, 29 April 2011. Lucha libre, literally "free fight" in Spanish, is a unique Mexican sporting event and cultural phenomenon. Based on aerial acrobatics, rapid holds and the use of mysterious masks, Lucha libre features the wrestlers as fictional characters (Good vs. Evil). Women wrestlers, known as luchadoras, often wear bright shiny leotards, black pantyhose or other provocative costumes. Given the popularity of Lucha libre in Mexico, many wrestlers have reached the cult status, showing up in movies or TV shows. However, almost all female fighters are amateur part-time wrestlers or housewives. Passing through the dirty remote areas in the peripheries, listening to the obscene screams from the mainly male audience, these no-name luchadoras fight straight on the street and charge about 10 US dollars for a show. Still, most of the young luchadoras train hard and wrestle virtually anywhere dreaming to escape from the poverty and to become a star worshipped by the modern Mexican society.
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A female Lucha libre wrestler Lady Monster ties up her mask in the backstage before a fight at a local arena in Mexico City, Mexico, 29 April 2011. Lucha libre, literally "free fight" in Spanish, is a unique Mexican sporting event and cultural phenomenon. Based on aerial acrobatics, rapid holds and the use of mysterious masks, Lucha libre features the wrestlers as fictional characters (Good vs. Evil). Women wrestlers, known as luchadoras, often wear bright shiny leotards, black...
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