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Miss Curvy Uganda organizers under more fire as 'model' threatens to sue

February 8, 2019, 1:04 PM @ugandaonline

Kenyan media personality Grace Msalame threatens to sue Miss Curvy Uganda organizers

Grace Msalame whose image was used to promote the Miss Curvy Uganda pageant threatens to sue 

Kenya's media personality, Grace Msalame, whose image the Miss Curvy Uganda organizers used without her consent has threatened to sue.

Msalame states in a tweet that her lawyers are handling the whole situation as she is busy with her work and family.

"I would like to categorically state that my image and likeness were used without my permission. I do not endorse or agree with such a message or anyone who is creator or supporter of the idea that women's bodies are tourist attraction sites."

Miss Curvy Uganda was launched a few days back and since then, there has been a strong backlash from those opposed to the beauty contest, including the President who said that he was opposed to the issue of using women's bodies for tourism.

Several activists and some legislators have since called for the Minister of State for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda to issue an apology to the public and also come out to state clearly if this is the Government's position or a private initiative.

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According to the Miss Curvy Uganda website, they state that; 

"Miss Curvy Uganda is organized to recognize and acknowledge the big, bold and beautiful plus size Ugandan ladies. This  pageant aims to enhance the visibility and appreciation of curvaceous ladies as they walk the runway."

The NTV Kenya TV host has since distanced from the Miss Curvy Uganda contest and is strongly against it.

"I reject any association to me that has been unlawfully created by Miss Curvy Uganda 2019 and its supporters or agents."

In her message off Twitter, Grace Msalame adds; 

"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 for tourism." 

"I strongly and categorically reject the message and notion that tourism begins with women and their bodies."

"I strongly and categorically reject the message and idea that women's bodies can be used by state agencies to generate state revenue.

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