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This Photographer Captures What It's Like To Be A Woman In A Male-Dominated Sport

It's a tough sport, but it's also graceful.

Posted on March 17, 2015, at 12:02 p.m. ET

This is Brown University's women's rugby club.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra shadowed the team to explore what it's like being women in a male-dominated field.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

"I have always been fascinated with understanding how identities are created and shaped by our surroundings," the 26-year-old told BuzzFeed News.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra
Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Carles-Tolra, who is originally from Spain, said she wanted to challenge the notion that playing rugby means you're masculine.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra
Alejandra Carles-Tolra

"Rugby has a complex identity that is often simplified, and hence the identity of those who play it, especially women, is often also simplified," she said.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra
Alejandra Carles-Tolra

She was struck by the players' spirit, strength, and grace.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra
Alejandra Carles-Tolra

"I hope people see my photographs as a celebration of these womens’ strength and identity, which I believe play an important role in challenging the meaning of masculine sports, and pushing the boundaries of female identity," she said.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

H/T Huffington Post

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