ADRIANA, Alessandra and Andreia Dantas are now Brazil’s national bodybuilding champions after their surprise win in the country’s biggest contest.
Judges at a bodybuilding competition awarded identical triplets first, second and third prizes after being unable to tell them apart.
Adriana, Alessandra and Andreia Dantas are now Brazil’s national bodybuilding champions after their surprise win in the country’s biggest contest.
But they insisted it didn’t matter which of them came first as “all three of us are exactly the same in every way, so if one of us wins, we all win”.
The identical triplets said they started working out aged 17 after suffering bullying by other girls at school for being skinny and always “the centre of attention”.
They had never considered entering a fitness competition until last year when Andreia was persuaded to take part in a natural bodybuilding contest in Italy, where she lives, and finished second.
The women, aged 35, who are now all mothers of boys and despite each living in different countries “do everything exactly the same”, then decided to enter the women’s fitness competition in their home country together.
Andreia said: “We met up in Brazil and started preparing for the competition.
“We ate together exactly the same food at exactly the same time, we worked out together in the same gym, doing exactly the same exercises at the same time.
“When the day came for us to be weighed in front of the judges you could see their jaws drop. Our bodies were identical and we weighed almost exactly the same, less than a kilo between us. They had never seen anything like it.”
All three women have even had the same silicone breast implants, by the same plastic surgeon.
Alessandra, who now lives in Canada, said: “We were all very flat chested. The doctor was astonished, he said it was as if he’d done the same surgery three times because our bodies were identical.”
But Adriana said the sisters never expected to even take a podium place at the bodybuilding event in Sao Paulo in which they were competing against other women with much more preparation and experience.
Adriana finished first, Andreia second and Alessandra third.
Adriana, who lives in Sao Paulo with her two sons aged seven and four, said: “When they announced the winners we couldn’t believe we’d all won together. The judges said they couldn’t find any difference between our bodies. They never explained why they chose us in the order they did.
“I can only imagine that I was slightly more confident than Andreia and Alessandra, who were a little more nervous.“But it didn’t matter who came where, because the connection between us is so strong, we all feel like we are the same person. So if one wins, we all win.
“Even when Andreia came second in the Italian competition, Alessandra and I felt that we had won too. It will always be like that, it’s how we are. When one of us is happy, we’re all happy. But if one is going through problems or difficulties, we are all “The sisters, who are actually three of quadruplets with a brother, Alexandre, were born prematurely at seven months and Andreia, who picked up pneumonia, nearly died. The pregnancy was unplanned and their hard-up parents, who already had one son, struggled to raise them in their small home in Ceilandia, in the metropolitan area of Brazil’s capital Brasilia, relying on government handouts to feed and clothe them.
The parents split up when the children were five and as they grew up the three blonde girls went on to suffer bullying at school.—Mirror Online