A couple of months back there was a little disturbance in the space time continuum as Uganda decided to try to popularise itself as a tourist destination by running a “Miss Curvy” contest. Ample women having, so the local culture has it, ample charms so why not flaunt such to get people coming to the country?
To be sure, feminists didn’t quite see it as that:
Uganda has unveiled a new tourism strategy that focuses on promoting its “naturally endowed nice-looking women”.
That’s not, not really, quite what had happened no. There was and is the competition and the Tourism Minister said some nice things about it at the time. But it wasn’t set up to attract the tourists:
It was always obvious that this story about Miss Curvy Uganda was going to make it into The Guardian. It was also equally obvious what the line was going to be. That this is exploitation, a horror unworthy of a civilised country. Which is odd really because the paper routinely insists that fat people are beautiful too. They’ve even been known to run pieces on body positivity.
Given that we’ve already covered the story we bring you the result:
Nasasi Belinda, a Ugandan businesswoman, has won the east African country’s first-ever “Miss Curvy” beauty pageant, vowing to act as a role model for other women with “plus-size” figures. “I am going to be an inspiration,” an overjoyed Belinda said after winning the title in Kampala late Friday, beating 24 other finalists for the grand prize. “Being plus-size is not a problem,” she continued. “So be happy about yourself and make sure you don’t quit. Just keep going.”
As the lady says, she wishes to be an inspiration:
She didn’t just win the title, she won a car too:
Nansaasi was crowned the first Miss Curvy in a colorful event held on Friday night at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. She also won herself a Jeep Cherokee.
That’s a large car fortunately.