Diana Bagnoli is an Italian freelance photographer, graduated in Communication and then in Photography in Barcelona, where she started working on Portrait and Social reportage. In 2009, she won the first prize in the Reportage category and was...
Xenia, this is her wrestler name, is posing in her house. She started fighting when she was 13-year-old with the dream to achieve a better life. She is now 45. Her first husband was abusive and didn’t allow her to fight. It took her 14 years to get out from that marriage and get back on the ring.
Xenia kissing her new husband in the backyard of their house in Mexico City, while her third son is watching them. Her first husband was abusive and didn’t allow her to fight. It took her 14 years to get out from that marriage and get back in the ring. Here she met her new husband, 20 years her junior
Andromeda posing during her training in Ciudad de Mexico. She was drug addicted and was an homeless since the age of 13, the fight saved her life. She started in a recovery centre to learn how to defend herself. Later she discovered that what she was training was lucha libre, wrestling, and that she was good at it. She said that it’s very difficult to get taken seriously and get the same recognition men get. What is expected of women in ring is to be sexy and beautiful first of her athletic training, this is degrading. Mitzy
Mitzy is preparing to fight with Andromeda. Fighting is her big chance to travel and know the world. A lot of women had to retire due to their husbands but she's very obstinate and now, after several years Carlos, her husband, accepted her job and passion, even if he's still worry about her when she's having a match.
Juliza meeting with her collegues at her house, to train, orginize the next fights and share new tricks. Her doughter is at home with her son, so Juliza, a part to be a wrestler woman is also a grandmother, and a pharmacist.
Mitzy' posing with her wrestling costume in her room. Mitzy is her wrestler name, it means "queen of narrows". She is 38 year old, she lives with her 4 children, her husband, a grandson and her doughter in law. She's trains every day, she knows very well different kinds of fight but she loves wrestling because it gives you the chance to play a role, be somebody else for few minutes and this, to her, "it's such an adrenaline, it makes you addicted”.
Part of Mitzy wrestling ornamental crown in her room. Her son and her husband are in the background. The whole family lives together in a small apartment: she, her husband, children and grandchildren. They’re 9 people in the same house.
Arena México is an indoor arena in Mexico City, primarily used for professional wrestling, or lucha libre. Its shows are promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). The building is called the "cathedral of lucha libre". Arena México has a seating capacity of 16,500 when configured for professional wrestling or boxing events. Twice a week it's always jammed with people assisting to the wrestling show .