Porn News

The Miss Stigma Free Beauty Pageant

Everybody sing!! : Can you be as lovely as Lara Roxx with your butthole filled with pox, Miss Botswana….

GABORONE, Botswana — A dozen HIV-positive women donned flowing evening gowns and glittering jewelry to compete in a beauty pageant aimed at fighting the stigma that still surrounds the deadly virus in this AIDS-ravaged southern African country.

Botswana has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infection, with about 37 percent of its 1.7 million population testing positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

Organizers of the Miss Stigma Free pageant hope the contest — now in its third year — will show the disease does not prevent women from being beautiful and living positively.

Cynthia Leshomo, a 22-year-old AIDS counselor in a floral gown, was crowed the winner Saturday to loud applause from the crowd of about 500.

“I am going to urge our government to involve us HIV-positive people in work on HIV/AIDS, especially in hospitals, because … we know how it is to live with HIV/AIDS,” she said. Her prizes include cash, an academic scholarship, beauty treatments and a computer.

Judy Peacock, Miss Botswana 2004, helped the contestants prepare for Saturday’s pageant by coaching them in how to answer judges’ questions about AIDS and walk down the runway with poise.

The women, aged 18-35, were making an important statement by participating, Peacock said.

“They are telling the world: ‘We accept our condition, and we want to live positively with the virus,”‘ she said.

The contest, organized by the Center for Youth of Hope AIDS support group, was held at Gaborone International Convention Center and broadcast on national television.

Diamond-rich Botswana has been aggressive in fighting the pandemic, launching the African continent’s first program to provide life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs through the public health system in 2002. Some 34,500 people are now receiving treatment here, according to government figures.

But fear and discrimination persist, preventing many citizens from coming forward to be tested for HIV.

Another contestant, Neo Sampoela, an unmarried mother of four who was diagnosed with HIV in 1994, said she wanted to help break the silence about the virus.

“It is possible to live long with HIV/AIDS,” she said. “I do not want people to give up because of HIV/AIDS.”

 

216 Views

Related Posts

University Committee Meets to Decide Fate of Wisconsin Professor Who Posted on OnlyFans

LA CROSSE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-La Crosse held a hearing to decide the fate of a veteran University of Wisconsin professor, who was removed from his post as chancellor last year due to unremorsefully creating and appearing in adult…

Australian Court Upholds Local Censorship Powers of eSafety Commissioner Inman Grant

SYDNEY — The ongoing fight between Australia’s unelected top online censor, eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, and X owner Elon Musk over her office’s power to ban specific content in the country and also abroad, has moved into murky territory with…

Emma Hix, Blake Blossom Command Episode 3 of Seth Gamble’s ‘Iris’

"Decision," the third installmen of award-winning director/performer Seth Gamble lates Wicked Pictures feature "Iris" is now streaming on Wicked.com.

Wicked Drops 3rd Installment of Seth Gamble’s Erotic Thriller ‘Iris’

LOS ANGELES — Wicked Pictures has released the third installment of reigning XBIZ Performer of the Year Seth Gamble's latest feature, "Iris."The erotic thriller stars Blake Blossom in the title role, along with Emma Hix, Jennifer White, Charles Dera, Dan…

NCOSE CEO Repeats Factually Inaccurate Statements About Pornhub Moderation at Ted Cruz Event

WASHINGTON — NCOSE CEO Dawn Hawkins repeated factually inaccurate claims about Pornhub’s content moderation on Tuesday during a press conference co-organized in Capitol Hill by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.The event was the public unveiling of Cruz’s Take It Down Act,…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.