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.