Photo: Boxer Marlen Esparza in Vogue
Olympic-gold hopeful and Latin beauty, Marlen Esparza, is featured in this issue of Vogue donning a stunning red dress and her boxing shoes.
The 22-year-old Houstonite is starting to get recognized not only for her incredible athleticism and boxing skills but also for her beauty. Just last month CoverGirl announced she would be the first Hispanic Olympian to be the face of CoverGirl.
This month she is featured inside the pages of Vogue, yet another pioneering moment for Esparza. This is the first time the fashion magazine covers the sport of women’s boxing and the first time the sports is presented at the Olympics. Clearly the magazine recognizes Esparza as one of the best with her 69-2 record and six national titles.
The article titled “Marlen Esparza: Going the Distance” tells of her 12-year journey from Pasadena, Texas to the 2012 London Olympics. The 5-foot-3-inch, 112 pound, power house will be representing the U.S. in the flyweight division and is expected to bring home the gold.
Esparza’s father David, from Juarez, Mexico is also featured in the article and speaks of his idols, Mexican boxing legend Salvador Sanchez and now his daughter.