SHE is said to be the best female bullfighter in the world.
Yet, due to discrimination, Mari Paz Vega is having to fight to be included on the bill of her home town of Malaga’s feria.
Now, political bosses have been forced to step in to insist that she be given a chance to dazzle at her local festival.
It comes after a recent triumph in Mexico city, that saw her carried out of the bullring on the crowd’s shoulders.
Last year however, she was omitted from the carnival because no other bullfighters were prepared to fight with her.
Now Malaga province chief Salvador Pendon is leading a campaign to get her reinstated on this year’s bill.
“If we are presented with a list that doesn’t include her we will overrule the posters,” he said. “This discrimination is totally unacceptable these days.”
Mari Paz – who became a matador in 1997 aged 22 – has gone on to forge a name for herself in South America.