Cholitas Bravas

Luchadoras (Wrestlers)

Photographed by Celia D. Luna

July 2022

“I was raised by a single mother in a culturally rich town in Peru. I’ve always admired brave women and culture, it’s in my DNA. I found out that there are Indigenous women in Bolivia doing brave activities while embracing their roots. Not too many years ago, the term ‘Cholita’ was a derogatory name for young Indigenous women. Nowadays, Cholitas proudly wear traditional clothing to break ethnic barriers. Being from a neighboring country where we have similar backgrounds; this hit a weak spot in my heart. I had to plan, meet and capture all these ladies. And guess who I brought with me as my assistant? The bravest woman I know, my mom. She immediately said yes to this adventure.”

You can find more of Celia’s work here and here.