Despite pulling several negative reactions from the public following its launch, the Miss Curvy Uganda beauty pageant registered 140 contestants.
Uganda could lack oil, clean water, or even electricity – but never curvaceous women.
Just last week, Ms Anne Mungoma the Chief Executive Officer of Miss Curvy Uganda together with the State Minister for Tourism Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda launched the Miss Curvy pageant.
This sparked mixed reactions as most women went vocal in criticizing the idea with arguments that it objectifies females in the country.
140 well-endowed women did not listen to all the criticism as they went ahead and registered for the highly controversial contest which is slated for June.
To confirm this, Ms Mungoma said that the idea is a good one for ladies and the sector and she was surprised by the public’s reaction because the event is meant to show the world that Uganda is endowed with natural African women who can promote several tourism campaigns.
This event is a beauty pageant for the natural-plus-size, which we must embrace and appreciate. We want the beauty queens to express themselves. So appreciate their intellect and clear the impression that a beauty queen must be size zero. Brazil has a carnival, are they selling their women? Tourists go to see the Karimojong, the Masai, and the Batwa; are they up for sale? Curvaceous women are eye-catching people unless they are saying we restrict beauty pageants to only slim ladies.Ms Anne Mungoma | CEO Miss Curvy Uganda
She further stated that if a Ugandan participant goes on to win the Miss Curvy World contest, it would help promote the country’s image and get the world to know Uganda much more.