Woman joins top rank at bullfighting mecca
5 July 2005, MADRID — Only the second woman ever has joined the top rank of matadors by fighting at Madrid's famous Las Ventas bullring.
5 July 2005
MADRID — Only the second woman ever has joined the top rank of matadors by fighting at Madrid's famous Las Ventas bullring.
Mari Paz Vega, dressed in a glittering emerald and gold suit, dispatched two half-tonne bulls on Sunday as she continued the slow conquest of this traditionally masculine profession, the British daily The Guardian reported.
By fighting at Las Ventas, the mecca of bullfighting, she was deemed to have confirmed her "alternativa", thus joining the highest echelon of the matador ranks.
Vega, 29, has been fighting bulls for the past eight years since formally becoming a matador at Cáceres, western Spain.
On that occasion her "godmother", Cristina Sánchez, was the only other woman to have made it this far in bullfighting.
But she later threw in her cape, complaining that many male matadors refused to appear on the same bill as her.
Vega had hoped Sunday's fight would see her accepted by Spain's notoriously picky bullfighting fans, who have seen relatively little of her. Much of her career has taken place in Latin America, where she is a favourite.
A triumphant exit from Las Ventas on the fans' shoulders would have sealed her future.
That did not happen, though she was deemed to have done as well as she could under difficult circumstances
Critics agreed the bulls she fought were not the raw material for a brilliant display.
Subject: Spanish news