This photoessay, “Women Boxers” was born from a desire to show women from an unusual perspective: fighting in the boxing ring. By highlighting a side of women that is commonly associated with masculinity—what many would even call a dark side—my hope is to broaden our perception of the limits of womanhood.
Each one of these female athletes has her own story, but all of them shared something in common: humble origins and family environments in which the prevailing atmosphere was need and poverty.
None of my subjects hailed from “conventional” families, or from nice homes with gardens, or from airy apartments with balcony views. For these women, their past became their identity and situated them in a present where sacrifice, respect, and love for boxing are the very air they breathe. For these brave women, boxing is a form of art: the art of hitting and not being hit. Continue reading.