That tall, lanky girls with brighter skin are the paragons of beauty is an imperialist ideology thrust down our throats by the West.
Uganda is doing its own versions of beauty pageant. The African way. Through Miss Curvy Uganda and the pioneer winner has shared why she joined the pageant.
Bellinda Nansasi who beat 24 other contestants at the final to the crown, body-shaming motivated her to join the contest in a bid to prove her tormentors wrong.
“Since it was the very first time, there were lots of criticism and body shaming of plus-size women. So, I joined the pageant to prove to the negative people that being over size is beautiful and we can be beauty queens,” she said.
“There are several other projects under Miss Curvy Uganda like the environmental programme, Keep Uganda Clean. You know cleanliness begins with women in homes in Uganda. We as women under Miss Curvy Uganda shall work on this project to keep Uganda clean,” she added.
Nansasi also pledged to wage war against cervical cancer during her year-long tenure.
The 2019 Miss Curvy Uganda beauty pageant attracted 140 women, with the finals being held on April 26 in Kampala.
After trouncing competitors to come out on top, Nansasi won herself a fully sponsored trip to Turkey, a Jeep Cherokee and a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree of her choice at Victoria University, Kampala.
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