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Dwarf wrestlers of Mexico defy mockery to emerge as stars
Mexico's "lucha libre," a wildly popular mix of sport and entertainment, long featured midgets and dwarves in a deeply demeaning role: they were "mascotas" -- a word that can mean both "mascot" and "pet" -- for full-size wrestlers (Photo: AFP)
Mexico's "lucha libre," a wildly popular mix of sport and entertainment, long featured midgets and dwarves in a deeply demeaning role: they were "mascotas" -- a word that can mean both "mascot" and "pet" -- for full-size wrestlers (Photo: AFP)
Mexican dwarf wrestler Microman is the son of Kemonito, who was also a midget fighter but had a very different career as a "mascota," a sidekick for full-size wrestlers (Photo: AFP)
Mexican dwarf wrestler Microman is the son of Kemonito, who was also a midget fighter but had a very different career as a "mascota," a sidekick for full-size wrestlers (Photo: AFP)
Working conditions and the level of respect have improved dramatically since then in the Mexican professional wrestling league, the World Lucha Libre Council (CMLL), says Catalina Gaspar, an activist for little people's rights (Photo: AFP)
Working conditions and the level of respect have improved dramatically since then in the Mexican professional wrestling league, the World Lucha Libre Council (CMLL), says Catalina Gaspar, an activist for little people's rights (Photo: AFP)
Microman greets supporters at the Arena Mexico -- dwarf wrestlers do not earn a regular salary, but they get medical care, health insurance and a guarantee of at least two events per month (Photo: AFP)
Microman greets supporters at the Arena Mexico -- dwarf wrestlers do not earn a regular salary, but they get medical care, health insurance and a guarantee of at least two events per month (Photo: AFP)
They do not earn a regular salary, but they get medical care, health insurance and a guarantee of at least two events per month, according to the CMLL (Photo: AFP)
They do not earn a regular salary, but they get medical care, health insurance and a guarantee of at least two events per month, according to the CMLL (Photo: AFP)
The eight Micro Stars debuted in April 2017 as the third weight category in the CMLL (Photo: AFP)
The eight Micro Stars debuted in April 2017 as the third weight category in the CMLL (Photo: AFP)
The dwarf wrestlers have attracted a loyal following at the Arena Mexico, the high cathedral of lucha libre (Photo: AFP)
The dwarf wrestlers have attracted a loyal following at the Arena Mexico, the high cathedral of lucha libre (Photo: AFP)
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