La Reina of the Ring: Juanita “La Cariñosa” Fights for Respect

Merillanos Saez (aka “Juanita La Cariñosa”) is a Cholita — an iconic and colorful Bolivian woman. Unlike most Bolivian women, however, she has dedicated her life to becoming a lucha libre wrestler. Despite going against traditional Bolivian gender roles, Juanita lives for the response of the crowds and the respect that she’s earned from fighting both men and women.

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