Many of them are mothers, and most work jobs outside of wrestling. But when it comes time to put on their masks, like the female Muay Thai fighters we met in Thailand, these women are savage, making space for themselves in a male-dominated world—at any cost. That's why, on a recent trip to Mexico City, photographer Olga de la Iglesia and stylist Lorena Maza decided to photograph the female luchadoras making Lucha Libre history.
The women they met—La Diabólica, Princesa Sughehit, Marcela, Zeuxis, Sexy Violeta, Tiffany, Alendis and Mystique—are all skilled wrestlers in different stages of their career—La Diabólica, for example, was one of the first female wrestlers in the world, and is now in a wheelchair after years of fighting, but continues to cheer on her daughter, Tiffany; Alendis, on the other hand, is one of the youngest wrestlers in the CMLL (Mexico's version of WWE) and is still finding her footing. But all of the women are passionate about what they do—whether it's acting as a villain in the ring, like Zeuxis, or becoming a world champion like Marcela—giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "fight like a girl." Yes, please.
View de la Iglesia and Maza's photos, below.