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Hanging Out With Costa Rica’s Orphaned Sloths

Inspiring story of plus-size ballerina

A PLUS-SIZE ballerina is breaking stereotypes one ‘pointe’ at a time. Professional dancer Thaina Silva, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, may not fit the stereotypically slim, long-legged stature of a ballerina, but that hasn’t stopped her from wowing crowds with her elegance and showing anyone can dance, whatever their size. The size 18 student says she learnt to dance before she could walk and has dreamt of becoming a professional ballet dancer since she was a young girl - despite the uncomfortable looks and nasty comments she’s endured throughout her life. Videographer / director: Kadeh Ferreira Producer: Camile Rocha-Keys, Ed Baranski Editor: Sonia Estal
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