Professional wrestling is traditionally a male domain, but Mexican women traditionally refuse to be confined by frilly and timid expectations. It's no coincidence that lucha libre, the Mexican cult of masked "free wrestling," included a female division long before the WNBA brought women's basketball to U.S. TV.
The majority of female lucha libre wrestlers are housewives and part-time wrestlers. Lucha libre fighters battle as fictional characters and wear masks in the ring to remain anonymous to fans. The disguises and the role play don't diminish this important reality: Lucha libre ladies are grappling with an imperfect world and wrenching something meaningful from it.
When it came time to make a video for LeAnn Rimes’ song “Give,” off her new album, Lady & Gentlemen, Rimes decided to spotlight homeless youth in Chicago. “I was honest from the beginning and told them I was there to tell their story, but I had no idea what they were going through,” says the Grammy-winning country star, who partnered with Stand Up for Kids, a nationwide program that rescues and stabilizes at-risk kids. Rimes also helmed an acoustic benefit last month to support the organization. “They encourage these kids to better themselves,” she says. “Which is so important.”