Our friends over at National Geographic magazine have a terrific story in their September issue about Bolivian women wrestlers. In the mountaintop town of El Alto, these cholitas slam each other onto the mats while dressed in sequined petticoats and bowler hats. The piece, by Alma Guillermoprieto, explains that the fighting cholitas see themselves as symbols of strength: Their opponents include bigotry and sexism. "My goal," says one fighter, "is to lift up indigenous women, who have been treated with contempt." Check out the video slideshow of the women below.
Photos by Ivan Kashinsky