Beauty and the butt: … as considered in a modeling contest in Uganda, according to an article passed around on the Afrofuturism mailing list two months ago. Yes, I don’t clean out my in-box often. Why do you ask?

The modeling industry is a frequent target of criticism for promoting an unrealistic and unhealthy image of beauty among women and girls worldwide. Critics of the modeling industry argue that “real” women of all races are hardly represented by the women we see on the catwalks and on the pages of fashion magazines. Fashion stylists and designers respond that models are essentially clotheshorses, and are in no way meant to reflect reality. The clothes hang most ideally on a lanky, skinny female form, they argue, which is why it’s so important that the girl/women’s body parts all fit certain stringent measurements.