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Silvana Lima I'm too ugly for sponsors

Brazilian pro surfer Silvana Lima told the BBC that despite her success, she has a hard time getting sponsors because she doesn't look like a model.

“The surf-wear brands when it comes to women, they want both models and surfers," Lima said. "So if you don’t look like a model, you end up without a sponsor, which is what happened to me.”

It became such an issue for Lima that in 2014, the Vice World Champion created the campaign #FreeSilvana in order to raise funds to participate in surf competitions.

But pro surfer -- and model -- Anastasia Ashley told FOXNEWS that while Lima is blaming her lack of model looks, she maybe missing one key ingredient that has little to do with physical appearance – the “It” factor.

“I think sponsors are attracted to a total package which could be a combination of looks, talent, and personality," Ashley said. "So I think a lot of people mistake looks for getting ahead rather than charisma.”

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