The girl did not stare the bull down and the bull did not stare the girl down.
They both recognized each other as equally worthy.
You can see the happiness in the bull’s eye when they both came to the same conclusion.
The girl’s eyes are out of view, however.
Her arms on her hips make her seem confrontational.
And if she were a Spanish girl or an African girl, then I would agree.
But if she were a white girl, then no, she would of course be afraid, and maybe lift her arms to her hips in an effort to be brave.
The white girl did stand her ground even though the bull had no intent to hurt her.
Even though the artist sculpted the girl as brown and black, this white girl knew that bull.
- The interpretation is in the mind of the viewer.