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					Rating Beauty with a Tape
         Measure
      INCH BY INCH

   Beauty is not a feeling, it’s
   measured, and evaluated.
The stereoyped African Woman



                       T
                       A
                       L
                       L

                    Large/broad
                    HIPS
     Questions on the text
• Present the document.
• This document is a newspaper article.
• It was written by IAN FISHER in 2001
• It is entitled « Rating Beauty With a
  Tape Measure, Inch by Inch »
• It may deal with Beauty being
  evaluated or measured.
                  Uganda
 judges                     Ms Matsie
 France        COMPLETE
                             Her hips are
                             too large
PEOPLE         PLACE
                              She doesn’t
                              speak
                              English
What does it   Problem        She was not
                              born in
deal with?
                              AFrica


                           She was not
                           selected to be a
                           model
Where is
Uganda
situated in
Africa?
• Uganda is situated in the East of
  Africa.
• What do you know about Uganda?
• Read and Write.
• Often described as the Pearl of Africa, a lush
  and rich country split by numerous
  waterways. The great river Nile is the
  biggest of these and was once the main
  attractions of explorers who toiled into the
  heart of Africa to find its source. Although
  Uganda does not have the great
  concentrations of plains game of Kenya and
  Tanzania, it has its own special attractions.
• Uganda was nicknamed the Pearl Of
  Africa as many rivers run through it.
• The river Nile was one of its most
  famous attractions.
5 feet 11       Brainstorming           36 ½ inches
inches
         1 foot=30 cm 1 inch=2,54cm
1m 70

1m 80                      ENGLISH FRENCH   JUSTIF

 1m 90
             « I was
90cm         too broad
             «
 1m

 1m50
            « Brenda
            Matsie is
            plenty tall.
               WRITE
• It deals with the standards of African
  Beauty and the fact that Ms Matsie, a
  typical African woman with broad hips,
  but very tall, was not selected to
  participate in a beauty contest.
Read the text with the help of
    the vocabulary sheet:
             Questions
         Paragraph 1 and 2
• What’s special about Brenda Matsie?
• She’s quite tall but has too large hips.
• Why did the judges of the beauty
  contest reject Brenda Matsie?
• Her hips size made the judges reject
  her at the beauty contest.
    Questions paragraph 3
• Was an Ugandan woman chosen at the
  « Face of Africa » Beauty Contest?
• None was chosen=
• No Ugandan woman was chosen.
          PARAGRAPH 4
• How did people hence react in Uganda?



• They were pained/sad and
  disappointed.
           Paragraph 5
• What kind of woman is considered
  beautiful in Uganda?
• What about outside Uganda?
• African people don’t mind short and
  plump women whereas in the outside
  world, people DO mind=
• People are troubled by fatter women.
            Paragraph 6
• What does the « Figure Eight »
  mentioned by the taxi driver, consist
  of?
• It refers to the perfect shaped woman,
  the hourglass shaped woman; we might
  think of Marylin Monroe.
            Paragraph 7
• How heavy should an African woman
• be?
• She should weigh between 65 and 75
  kilos.
• What about in Europe?
• An ideal woman should weigh less than
  65 kilos.
           Paragraph 8
• Who corresponded to the European
  standards of Beauty?
• One of Mrs Owori’s friends, a
  glamorous model.
FACE OF AFRICA 2006
What do you think about her?
               • COMPARE WITH
                 EUROPEAN TOP
                 MODELS.
               • She’s as
                 slim/slender as
                 European models.
               • She doesn’t
                 embody/incarnate
                 the typical African
                 woman.
            Paragraph 9
• What type of models were they looking
  for in Mrs Owori’s model agency?
• They were looking for smaller   and
 less thin models
           Paragraph 10
• What type of women do Ugandans
  prefer?
• They want models they can identify
  themselves to. (relate to)
• What about if you are too skinny?
• It might mean you have AIDS.
An AIDS CARRIER
           Paragraph 11
• What did Mrs Owori want to achieve?
• She wanted her country to be
  represented in Europe.
• She wanted to show the Beautiful
  women of Uganda.
           Paragraph 12
• What was the reaction of the
  population?
• The country was shocked that no one
  was chosen for the contest.
What is she like?
       • What’s she like?
       • She’s very tall like
         European woman
         and also very
         slender.
       • She’s got a
         beautiful figure.
           Paragraph 13
• What did Julie Epenu declare?

• She said she believed the judges were
  influenced (« biased ) in their choice
  and in their conception of Beauty.
           Paragraph 14
• Were the judges strict?
• No they weren’t. They declared that
  they wanted even taller and thinner
  models.
• That if models were taller, it was
  better.
• The taller, the better.
          Paragraph 15
• What did Mrs Owori organize?
• She organized a local Beauty contest.
• Are there any special physical
  requirements?
• No maximum hip size is required but
  models have to be at least 5 feet 6
  inches tall (1m68)
NEWS, NEWS, NEWS.
        • Bao Xishun, a 2.36
          meter tall (7 foot 9
          inch) herdsman from
          Inner Mongolia,
          married saleswoman
          Xia Shujian, who was
          1.68 meters (5 feet 6
          inches) tall, several
          days ago, the Beijing
          New reported.
• What is the paradox of that
  competition?
• The winner of the contest might not be
  to the taste of Ugandans.
           Paragraph 17
• What did Mrs Owori think of that
  paradox?

• She said that it was the prize to pay to
  let the world know about Ugandan
  beauties.
           GRAMMAR
• TAKE YOUR GRAMAR SHEET
Less heavy             The worst
               worse               The trickier The sooner
The best
                Grammar Practise                the better
 taller
               Comparatives        Superlatives
 The least
 interesting

 At least

 The least
 fatter
The best

The
farthest
   Complete the text with the
    verbs in the right tense.
• The judges were looking at the women
  and made their decision in 2006.
• Brenda Matsie was afraid her friends
  would laugh at her.
• They organised the context two years
  ago.
• No Ugandan woman was chosen.
   merrier                    T
                     The taller he better
                                            The least
The worst

 • 1. Choose either a comparative or a superlative to
   complete the following sentences :
 • The more the (merry)………………………….
 • Plus on est de fous, plus on rit.
 • The (tall), the
   (good)……………………………………………………………
 • Plus on est grand, mieux c’est.
 • The (less) you could do would be look at me
   ………………………………………………………….
 • I got 2/20, the (bad) mark of the class, I’m so
   disappointed…………………………………
• You can NEITHER drink NOR smoke at
  parties.
• The judges had to choose EITHER a
  typical African woman from Uganda OR
  a more European like beauty.
• For your birthday, she can EITHER pick
  a Rollex OR laptop, she’s so lucky!
• Choose too or enough, then rephrase.
• I wasn’t tall ENOUGH that’s why they didn’t
  pick me.(I’ m too short to…)
• The jury was TOO shocked to make a
  decision.(the jury wasn’t calm enough to
• I am much TOO shy to go and talk to boy on
  my own.(I’m not relaxed enough)
            TRANSLATE
• Le moins qu’ils puissent faire c’est
  d’accepter les femmes telles qu’elles
  sont.

• The least they could do would be to
  accept women just the way they are.
• Les femmes qui ont les hanches trop
  larges ne sont pas choisies pour
  participer au concours « Visages
  d’Afrique »
• Women with too broad hips were not
  chosen to participate IN the Face of
  Africa Contest.
• Les juges n’étaient pas impartiaux ;
  ils préfèrent les filles comme des
  tiges, affamées.
• The judges were biased; they had
  rather/preferred malnourished girls
  who look like sticks.

				
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