Sequins and Sapphires: My Ugly F-Tale

Sequins and Sapphires: My Ugly F-Tale

By Kathryn Kazibwe:

I like to think of myself as a very laid-back person. I don't freak out over the sexist jokes on Twitter, and neither do I lose it over the crazy things my take-no-prisoners guy friends say. This one time, though, I almost let go of my grip on the laid-back rope.

I do not remember how I got into this conversation with them; all I remember is one guy saying, “What is shocking is that ugly babes also believe in fairytale love!”

I shot him a withering look and waited for everyone to join me in shooting him down, but alas! I had forgotten I was the only girl in the discussion. They all agreed with him.

What Victor was saying, as he went on to explain, is that most girls are misled into thinking that their Prince Charming is waiting somewhere, ready to sweep them off their feet when the time comes. A few lucky ones though, do get to experience this bliss, but girls who do not possess good looks have no right to hope for it. And he laid out his examples very well.

Were any of the princesses in story books ugly? No. Did the witch ask “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest at heart of them all?” Nope. Nobody cares about inner beauty, he argued, what attracts a man is your physical appearance. He is not going to detect your kindness or gentleness like a dog on a scent! But he will spot your pretty hair and smooth skin while you are yet far off.

Knowing Victor, we would argue about this point into the wee hours, so I switched to another tack.

“Pretty girls don't want ugly guys either, so I guess it all balances out,” I said. He snorted.

“Are you kidding me? Am I mistaken or did the hot princess kiss the frog? Trust me; pretty girls DO want ugly guys.”

Had I had backup, I'm sure my girls and I would have found a way to win this one, but I was outnumbered, so I just let it slide with a chuckle. For a second I actually almost let myself believe it.

Maybe I, as a girl who is not conventionally 'pretty' or 'beautiful' am condemned to a less than romantic fate. Maybe my dating period will be characterized by plenty of booty calls followed by a million “it's not you, it's me”-s and more break-ups than make-ups. And then after I've been reduced, reused and recycled, instead of Prince Charming I must settle for Mr. I'm Doing You a Favour. Rather than a heartfelt proposal delivered on one knee over a candle-lit dinner, I must prepare for a cursory “I think it's time I met your parents” text. And obviously that'll be followed by a bland marriage with more kids than anniversary gifts, after which I will die, having lived the perfect life of an ugly girl.

Then the second was over and I got my senses back. Ugly?! Ugly my flawed behind! Get me a perfect definition of the word, and I'll show you what ugly really is. It's definitely NOT that hotty staring back at me in the mirror! Yeah, her nose is a little on the Kabaka (Buganda King) side, and her skin's not exactly supple. Her smile's not the whitest, and oh my God, she has no hips, but ugly? Nah.

So, I may not be that head-turning, traffic-stopping, pant-tightening, jealousy-invoking beauty, but hell yeah, I have a right to want my damn F-Tale!

Founder and Editor in Chief of the Readers Cafe Africa

Comments (13)

  • Aroriza

    Hehehe..."ugly my flawed behind"!!

    • Ayeza

      I see what you got out of this... :) Nice piece Kathryn. Enjoyed it.

      • Yule Mweupe

        Thanks, Ayeza.

    • Yule Mweupe


  • mpuga

    Nice. Am your number one fan. 'Ugly' is too vague a term- so that behind may not be that flawed after all.

    • Yule Mweupe

      Thanks, Mpuga. And you're right, it may not be too flawed! ;)

  • Kizito "Kizzy" Katawonga

    The truth is we live in a world that judges the book by it's cover. Period. Your guy friend wasn't wrong. Guys want pretty girls. Period. We may not like to be honest about it but there are girls we do consider at the very least, extremely unattractive. The story of the pretty girl and the frog, well, I certainly don't think she was hoping that the ugly frog would turn into an ugly guy after that kiss of faith, do you? But if I do get anything from your piece it's this, 'ugly' people need the fairy tale more than pretty ones because lets face it, pretty people don't have as much trouble finding romance.

    • Ayeza

      Pretty girls do not have as much trouble finding romance? I beg to differ. Is there a man willing to take her as she is other than the trophy she represents? I tell you, a fairytale is very relative. Now I understand why pretty girls land for what seems ordinary to the ordinary eyed-people... to her, the "ordinary" guy saw beyond something and therein lies the handsome prince she is attracted to.... and yes, I am speaking for the pretty girls, no need trying to downplay that aspect.

    • Sarah N Nsiime

      Sure, not all of us girls are blessed with great natural looks. (Give us some grace there). But girls can certainly look quite attractive with good care. In fact one of the things we learned in church over the weekend about a man's needs is that he needs for his girl (wife) to be attractive which I believe is achievable.

    • Yule Mweupe

      I don't think she knew it was even going to turn into anything when she kissed it. Anyway what you're saying and what Victor said have similar properties: 'Ugly people (whoever those are) need to hope for different things than pretty people.' To you, they need the fairy tales probably to fantasize and to him the don't because they can never live one. Either way, I think generally guys' view of the ugly/pretty thing is pretty sad.

  • Sarah N Nsiime

    Great assertion. No wonder fairy tales belong in the story books.

    • Yule Mweupe

      Indeed. Cz now we're even fighting for them! :D

  • picked_a_name

    can i just say that your guy friends need a change of mind? their opinions, however widespread [basing on the comments flying around], are quite far from the truth. Psalms 139:14 (NIV) reads: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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