By Lynn Ponder: Our preparation for one of the biggest cultural events of the year has been so much fun, as Linda and I create content for all our social channels. The best part has been getting to know the amazing Latino talent that People en Español team has lined-up for Festival People, a HUGE celebration indeed, taking place in San Antonio, Texas Saturday August 31 | Sunday, September 1.
Meet Marlen Esparza – An American bred fighter, who made history in 2012 when she became the first woman in U.S. history to medal in the sport of women’s Olympic boxing. Esparza is ranked no. 1 in the U.S. for seven consecutive years, she has been chronicled in multiple documentaries for her courage and strength as a female fighter in a male dominated sport.
Marlen was recently featured in HBO Latino’s latest documentary installment of the “Habla” series, “Habla Woman” where she spoke about being a woman in a male-dominated sport. Along with other prominent female figures, the ground breaking series has been a critical success for HBO Latino and Marlen’s participation in the documentary showcased a side of her not typically seen by many of her supporters.
Latina Power Marlen Esparza and Maria Marín will be having a chat titled “Rompiendo Barreras” at Festival People on Saturday, August 31 at 2:35pm about how they overcame fear. No me lo pierdo por nada!!!
We wanted to get to know Marlen better so we sent her some questions and she was very kind to answer:
Lynn: What does it mean for Marlen Esparza to be a part of 2013 Festival People en Español?
Marlen: I never thought in one million years growing up that I would be involved in something that is so big for the Hispanic community. I feel extremely blessed and proud, it makes me appreciate what I’ve done in my life so far.
Linda: Being that this is a “Mans” field, what kind of obstacles have you had to deal with to overcome that?
Marlen: The main obstacle that I had to overcome was making men respect me. Making men realize and believe that a woman is just as capable. At first it was hard and then it became routine and then it became respect.
Lynn: Will your fans be able to interact with you on your social channels during Festival People?
Lynn: How did it feel to join other first class athletes like: Kerri Walsh, Matt Harvey, and Colin Kaepernick coverage for ESPN homage to the athletes toned bodies and the word behind their sculpted figures?
Marlen: At first I didn’t ask about who was in the magazine, I was just worried about being nude, because I was raised in a world where I had to wear a lot of clothes on purpose. But once I saw the issue and I realized that there were all these amazing athletes in the same issue as me, it made me feel different about myself. It made me realize that I’m more then what I recognize. Deciding to do the ESPN body issue was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Lynn: What is next for Marlen Esparza? Movies?
Marlen: I’m working with folks in Hollywood developing plans for a book, movie and TV reality show, along with a boxing-fitness DVD. Lots of exciting things happening!