The Miss Curvy Uganda 2019 winner has opened up on how critics pushed her to join the pageant.
According to Bellinda Nansasi who beat 24 other contestants at the final to the crown, body-shaming motivated her to join the contest in a bid to prove her tormentors wrong.
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“Since it was the very first time, there were lots of criticism and body shaming of plus-size women. So, I joined the pageant to prove to the negative people that being over size is beautiful and we can be beauty queens,” she said.
Nansasi also pledged to wage war against cervical cancer during her year-long tenure.
“There are several other projects under Miss Curvy Uganda like the environmental programme, Keep Uganda Clean. You know cleanliness begins with women in homes in Uganda. We as women under Miss Curvy Uganda shall work on this project to keep Uganda clean,” she said.
Winning a Jeep Cherokee, scholarship
The 2019 Miss Curvy Uganda beauty pageant attracted 140 women, with the finals being held on April 26 in Kampala.
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After trouncing competition to come out on top, Nansasi won herself a fully sponsored trip to Turkey, a Jeep Cherokee and a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree of her choice at Victoria University, Kampala.
Later this year, she will represent Uganda at the 2019 Miss Curvy Africa contest in Nigeria and the 2020 Miss Curvy World beauty pageant.
According to Daily Monitor, the other 24 finalists will also receive 70 per cent scholarships at the aforementioned university.