"I was born on La Calle Feria where everything was flamenco. There was Chacon, La Niña de los Peines, La Malena, Pastora Imperio...I can't begin to tell you. So in that barrio I cut my teeth on flamenco. I don't want to criticize, but these flamencologists who write this and that about flamenco today don't know anything." " When I was thirteen, I was a ragged little girl, thin and pretty ugly, although I was like a wild animal, a young colt. Then, later they began to tell me how well the flamenco dress suited me. How elegant it looked."