Cristina Sánchez

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Cristina Sánchez in the arena

Cristina Sánchez de Pablos (born February 20, 1972 in Madrid, Spain) was one of the first female bullfighters to gain prominence.


Sánchez enjoyed international fame. She was successful at bullrings in Ecuador and Mexico and is one of the most well-recognized bullfighters at home. She debuted as a bullfighter in Madrid on February 13, 1993.

During her career in Spain, she cut a total of 316 bull ears. She retired in 1999 and got married in 2000 to the Portuguese banderillero Alexandre da Silva.

Sánchez was considered by many to be a representative of the feminist movement of the 1990s, as bullfighting is typically a male-dominated activity. Her fame even reached the United States, where Maria Celeste Arraras presented an article about her on Primer Impacto, the Univision TV .

See also


  • "Cristina Sánchez (bullfigher)", in Outstanding Women Athletes: Who They Are and How They Influenced Sports in America by Janet Woolum (Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1998), pp214–215

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