you are fat.

It is considered a compliment if a Ugandan tells you that you’re fat. The popular female ideal is much more curvaceous here than in American fashion magazines.

Exhibit A:
hips

I always find it really weird that almost all the mannequins here are white– and extremely creepy. I think they come second-hand from the US and Europe along with all the used clothing that gets re-sold in markets here.

My co-workers have been trying to fatten me up. Whenever I tell them that people at home will not be happy if I go back fat, they reply, “But for us, we will be proud.”

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