Busty Brazilian lawmaker, 43, hits back at trolls who bombarded her with vile comments for showing off cleavage at inauguration

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A BUSTY Brazilian lawmaker has hit back at trolls who bombarded her with vile comments after she showed off her cleavage at an inauguration.

Ana Paula da Silva from the southern state of Santa Catarina, showed up to the ceremony on February 1 in a red jumpsuit with a deep neckline – sparking fury amongst some on social media.

Ana Paula da Silva showed up to the ceremony in a red jumpsuit with a deep neckline – sparking fury amongst some on social media
Trolls called her outfit ‘inappropriate’ for a public representative but da Silva hit back saying the ensemble is her ‘style’
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Vile trolls, including many women, took to social media to argue that her choice of clothing was “inappropriate,” ”shocking” and “vulgar” while others called her the “representative of prostitutes”.

The representative’s staff had to delete twisted online comments that called for her to be raped, it’s reported.

In addition to the online comments, a column by Mariliz Pereira Jorge from leading daily Folha de S. Paulo was titled ‘Breasts of discord” following her appearance.

Da Silva, a mother of two, said she had gone shopping especially for her inauguration and thought the suit was the prettiest.

“This is my style,” the 43 year-old politician said, defending her choice.

And the lawmaker fired back at her detractors in an interview with Brazilian network NSC TV defending her outfit and “big breasts”.

“I thought people were going to talk about [the] red [outfit], but they just focused on cleavage. Women have breasts and I have big breasts.

“I’ve always been like that. It’s not now that I have become [a representative] that I will become another woman. I’m not there to be evaluated for that. The way I dress is my problem.”

Responding to one troll on Facebook who asked how her cleavage contributed to democracy, she said: “This macho and prejudiced world you live in is not mine.

“I’ve seen a lot of men in suits and ties taking money out of the health sector, school meals. That’s unacceptable.”

Da Silva said she believed harsh reactions had to do with Brazil’s sexist culture against women.

She also told the Associated Press: “I think that in our country, the participation of women in politics is so minuscule, that when we get there, it ends up provoking this type of fury.”

While some wondered whether the state representative known as Paulinha had crossed a line, her backers tried to refocus the debate around her strong electoral results and political action.


Da Silva received the fifth largest number of votes in last year’s state assembly election, and she previously served two terms as local mayor in the city of Bombinhas.

Da Silva said she will continue to wear what she wants and also threatened to sue those behind some of the most aggressive messages she has received.

“We have more important questions to discuss in the legislative assembly,” she wrote.

Da Silva received the fifth largest number of votes in last year’s state assembly election, and she previously served two terms as local mayor in the city of Bombinhas
JAMIE PYATT
The representative said there are ‘more important’ things to discuss than her fashion sense
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