Friday, May 15, 2015

Beauty Pageants: Parading, showcasing and judging women's bodies is not empowerment

Beautiful and elegant Emily Kachote 
pic credit Chronicle

''Exhibiting women's bodies for commercial purposes is the height of oppression''

One morning I browsed my news feed and it was awash with sad comments about Emily Kachote who had been crowned Miss Zimbabwe earlier on. The remarks in lifestyle and entertainment news articles were sad and unfortunate. Some mischievous and misguided Zimbabweans thought she is ''not beautiful and classy enough''. My reaction to the stories was obvious. I frowned and cursed. Which I rarely do unless I am highly irritated.