efe-epaBy Maria Angelica Troncoso Rio de Janeiro

Joyful, flamboyant and brimming with self-esteem, 35-year-old Renata da Silva Angelo is a plus-size woman who is upending the beauty paradigms of the Rio Carnival with her role as an elite samba dancer.

Like Da Silva, hundreds of other women who carry a few extra kilos also have refused to accept discrimination and, with the backing of the "Plus no samba RJ" collective, have been showing off their moves - and their curves - at Brazil's biggest party.