WTA star confesses lookist Adidas bias: "Better to look good and top 20 than no.1"

Tennis - WTA star: "They alwats told me, considering that I look good for a sportswoman..."

by Claudiu Pop
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WTA star confesses lookist Adidas bias: "Better to look good and top 20 than no.1"

In the Romanian "La Fileu" podcast, WTA world number 39 Sorana Cirstea confessed a lookist comment that her former sponsor Adidas used to tell her. "I remember when I had a contract with Adidas. They always told me, considering that I look good for a sportswoman, that «It's better to look good and be in the top 20, than not look good and be number 1».

When you're in the top 20, however you're seen, you're high and there's a crowd at every tournament. So they told me: "It's better to be beautiful and in the top 20, than... less beautiful and number 1". You realize, they also have their quotas, it's a market", said Sorana in the podcast "La Fileu", hosted by the artist Speak.

According to the FreeDictionary, lookism is "prejudice or discrimination based on physical appearance, especially that which is considered to fall short of societal notions of beauty." "In general, our contracts are international.

You get paid based on how much you sell. The best paid are American, Chinese and Japanese women. Osaka kills it, she was in recent years the best paid sportswoman! Great Britain sells, so does Spain, France. Eastern Europe doesn't really sell.

It depends a lot on you, as a personality, what you inspire, how you present yourself," Sorana had previously said.

Cirstea supports Halep in doping scandal

Sorana Cirstea, a Romanian tennis player, believes Simona Halep is a clean athlete.

"Although we may not be the best of friends, I know Simona (Halep) well enough for decades to strongly believe that she would never willingly and in good faith touch any doping substance. The sport of tennis represents fair play and puts rivalries aside.

She is a great player that I believe won through her own merits," Cirstea said in a message posted on her Instagram Story.

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