I only ever wished I looked this badass and beautiful when I boxed. :)

Here she is below on a June 16 visit to train with super bantamweight world champion Nonito Donaire and the unrivaled strength & conditioning coaches at Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, California.

More on Marlen: “Marlen Esparza: Going the Distance” (Vogue, July 2012) || “CoverGirl Gets Olympics-Ready With Two Fresh New Faces” (People StyleWatch, April 3, 2012) || (photo via Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr.)

NBC Latino

When you think about boxing, you don’t necessarily think beautiful. But in the case of Olympic hopeful Marlen Esparza, that’s exactly what CoverGirl thought when they saw her in action.

Houston native Esparza will be making a slash in two fronts as the first woman boxer for the U.S. Olympics team and the first Hispanic Olympian to be the face of CoverGirl.

“I feel that I embody the image of CoverGirl and that anyone can be beautiful, and is deserving of beauty no matter what your personal situation is,” Esparza, 22, told PEOPLE. “You don’t have to be famous to look good.”

CoverGirl’s Marketing director Bruce Katsman says Esparza appeals broadly to the Hispanic community and she has many fans and supporters across all ages and backgrounds, which made her a perfect addition to the CoverGirl family.

“Marlen’s role goes beyond advertising, and includes helping all women feel beautiful and…

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