Silvana Lima said in a BBC video: “When it comes to women, the [surfer brands] want both models and surfers. So if you don’t look like a model, you end up without a sponsor, which is what happened to me.”

Silvana Lima is widely considered the best pro-surfer of Brazil. And yet, throughout her career, she’s struggled to find sponsors to finance her work. In this video by BBC, she explains how unfair beauty standards placed on female athletes makes it difficult for athletes to focus on excelling at their sport. Watch the video above to hear her story, as well other stories of women who have fought their way to become successful athletes.

Read the full article on Silvana Lima in Remezcla here.