For the last few days, the newly launched Miss curvy Uganda has grabbed the headlines for the bad and good reasons.
The pageant has been condemned by minister Ethics and Integrity, Fr.Lukodo and feminists, but at the same time, it has been praised by President Museveni and a section of horny men.
The latest on Howwe desk indicates that l a Kenyan woman, Grace Msalame, is suing the organizers for 36b for unauthorised use of her image on their posters to advertise the event. She claims they have damaged her reputation and brand on top of defaming her character.
Grace Msalame commented, "I would like to categorically state that my likeness and image were used without my permission (in Miss Curvy Uganda). I take great exception to the fact that my image and likeness are being used to propagate, disseminate and encourage the objectification of women’s bodies, I don’t endorse or agree with such a message or anyone who is a creator or supporter of the idea that women’s bodies are tourist attraction sites. I take this opportunity to clearly state that I strongly and categorically reject the message that women’s curves, arms, waists and bodies are stories to sell tourism and the notion that tourism begins with women and their bodies. I strongly reject the idea that women’s bodies can be used by state agencies to generate revenue. I reject the message that pits women of different sizes against each other. I am in no way associated with the activity that objectifies women in the name of promoting culture. Women are people, not sex objects".