The controversial Miss Curvy contest has registered 140 women for the competition.

The contest caused controversial when the tourism minister described it as a pageant that will market 'curvy, sexy women' as a tourist attraction.

Miss Curvy CEO told local media the contest had been taken out of contest while revealing it's a beauty pageant for the natural-plus-size.

Anne Mungoma said: "Brazil has a carnival, are they selling their women? Tourists go to see the Karimojong, the Masai, and the Batwa; are they up for sale? Curvaceous women are eye-catching people unless they are saying we restrict beauty pageants to only slim ladies.

"All the way from West Nile down to South Uganda, we have naturally endowed women and we need to tell the story about the cultures where these women come from and that is how we shall market our country."

An online petition was launched last week urging the government to halt the contest because it "objectifies and degrades" women.

Miss Curvy contest is expected to be held in June.