Curvy Ugandan women named new tourist attraction

Blanche Robertson
February 8, 2019

"What happens now that the government is confirming a stereotype that women are sexual objects and can be touched regardless and more so made a product of tourism", she told AFP.

"I reject any association to me that has been unlawfully created by Miss Curvy Uganda 2019 and its supporters or agents", read her statement in part.

Ugandan news website, Daily Monitor, quoted Mr Godfrey as saying, "We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are incredible to look at".

But the tourism minister who came up with the idea is now facing calls to resign from local feminists.

But Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda announced a new initiative to get more people to visit the country - the "Miss Curvy Uganda" beauty pageant.

Flanked by a small army of curvaceous women around the swimming pool of a Kampala hotel for the pageant's launch, Minister Kiwanda told the Daily Monitor: "We have naturally endowed, nice-looking women that are fantastic to look at.

Please sign this petition for ministry of tourism to take down the miss curvy challenge and offer an apology to the public as well", she said.

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She argued that Miss Curvy Uganda's deliberate and calculated use of her image and likeness to promote and encourage the violation of women's bodies, defamed her character and reputation and damaged a brand which she had worked for many years to establish. "Why don't we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?"

Funmi Oyatogun wrote on Twitter: "Uganda has some of the wildest adrenaline adventures in Africa, the River Nile, game parks, majestic lakes and a huge untapped market for tourism. The point here is Uganda is not a human zoo!" You know, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction'.

Ms Mungoma said since most pageants celebrate slender and pretty faces which are a more western way of defining beauty, most African women are uniquely built and this does not make them any less attractive.

At the time of writing, the petition had attracted close to 1,800 signatures.

"Will they put these women in a cage for the tourists to see?" added @bae_perfection.

In an effort to attract more tourists and increase revenue, the East African country believes that the pageant will not only champion the beauty of curvaceous women but also attract tourists.

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