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Uganda Will be Using Curvy Women to Attract Tourism

Curvy women have now been added to the country's list of tourism 'products'.

The Ministry of Tourism in Uganda has announced that it will be 'strategically' making use of "naturally endowed" women to attract tourism to the country. Asked if this move is not in some way offensive, the Ministry responded by saying that it was high time Uganda started appreciating curvier figures over petite ones.


A beauty pageant named 'Miss Curvy Uganda' has been established as part of efforts to increase tourism in Uganda. Tourism is a large contributor to the country's economy and last year, it brought in approximately USD 1.4 billion.

According to NTV, the Minister of Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda said:

"We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don't we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?"

Now, whilst it is irrefutable that we live in a society that is fat-phobic and shaming of women outside the supermodel convention, the move by Uganda's tourism ministry reeks of objectification. Sure, let the country and the rest of the world celebrate curvier Ugandan women but can it not be for the exploitative purposes of making a profit?

The head honcho of the beauty pageant, Ann Mungoma, said:

"Miss Curvy is an event that will bring out the endowment of the real African woman. It is an exceptional event that will see young ladies showcase their beautiful curves and intellect."

One activist from the country claimed that it is "not the right approach" but that similar to social media, it would probably gain traction. Another activist from Bernic Women said that it only serves to objectify women.

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Watch the Striking Trailer for 'Farming'—Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Directorial Debut

This is a must-watch.

The trailer for Farming, Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's directorial debut, is here.

"Between the 1960s and the 1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK," the trailer begins. "This is the true story of just one of them."

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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

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Social media continues to rally behind Representative Ilhan Omar, following a series of racist remarks targeted at her and several other congresswoman of color by President Donald Trump.

The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

This is far from the first time that Omar has been on the receiving end of racist and Islamophobic attacks and referred to as un-American on account of her Somali heritage.

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