Silvana Lima
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Surfer 'not pretty enough to sponsor'

Despite being the best female surfer in Brazil, Silvana Lima was refused sponsorship deals because she wasn't considered sufficiently good-looking.

Being the best female surfer in Brazil wasn't enough to secure Silvana Lima the sponsorship she needed for her surfing career.

In an image-driven market, she wasn't considered pretty enough to get full sponsorship for the first 13 years of her career.

Silvana refused to let that stop her.

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