Chantal Biya, remember that name. She’s the First Lady of Cameroon and if the World Cup was judged on presidential style she would make the World Cup runneth over.
1. Cameroon should win the game today in honor of the First Lady of Cameroon Chantal Biya.
2. The First Lady isn’t afraid of wearing a little color in a room full of men wearing charcoal and black.
3. She can make lime green look like a heavenly color floating in the air.
4. She rocks the shit out of a red power suit.
5. She even commands attention when she’s not facing you.
6. Even amongst other first ladies her red pant suit will draw your eye.
7. She’ll even draw your attention when she’s standing next to a renowned super model.
8. There was that time it looked like her hair belonged to Pope Benedict while he stroked the head of a stuffed lion.
9. She knows how to do it up for the occasion.
10. She appreciates geography.
11. Here she is giving the First Lady of China side-eye.
12. She’s really not afraid of giving anyone the side-eye.
13. She’s not afraid to party either.
14. She transitions from party to evening like a pro.
15. She pays attention to details.
16. SHE IS ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS.
18. This look:
19. You try captioning this gem…
20. Simply the best…
And then reality hits.
Here are three reasons that will make you not root for Cameroon:
21. Writing stories about the First Lady could result in prison sentences.Cameroonian author Bertrand Teyou was imprisoned from November 2010 to May 2011 for ‘insulting’ the First Lady by writing his book “The belle of the banana republic: Chantal Biya, from the streets to the palace” (La belle de la république bananière: Chantal Biya, de la rue au palais.”) He was also charged with attempting to organize a public reading from the book.
A separate investigation found multiple reports of the Cameroon government harassing and incarcerating journalists.
22. Obviously, for someone with such fabulous style you’d expect the First Lady to be forward thinking but no, because Cameroon.
While the First Lady has launched some HIV prevention campaigns, there has been no progress on LGBT rights. Last year Cameroon rejected the United Nations Human Rights Council’s recommendation to decriminalize homosexuality.
Cameroon chose to not take any action on the Council’s request to end all arrests for same-sex conduct, as well as proposals from Uruguay and Germany that would have taken on hate crimes based on sexual orientation.
23. U.S. Dept. of State: “Corruption was pervasive at all levels of government.”
A report from the U.S. Department of State found corruption was pervasive at all levels of Cameroonian government. The report also noted the “most important human rights problems in the country were security force abuses, particularly of detainees and prisoners, denial of fair and speedy public trial, and restrictions on freedom of assembly.
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