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Fatphobia: The Brazil women fighting prejudices

Rayane Souza avoided taking city buses after years of struggling to get on board

Rayane Souza used to struggle taking the local bus in Vitória, the capital of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, 480km (300 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro.

Aged 14, having got stuck in the bus turnstile yet again, and feeling the eyes of the rest of the passengers on her, she vowed never to take this form of public transport again.

"I've been fat my whole life. I became used to hearing rude comments about my weight," she said.

Ms Souza's experience is not unique. Another Brazilian woman recently got stuck in a turnstile on a bus for more than four hours.

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