Miss Black France … Politically Correct …? Or Racism … ?

For 65 years now France has each year participated in the Miss World and Miss Universe beauty pageants. Never has it been said that Miss France was always a white girl. All a girl needed in order to wear the crown was a pretty face, a flawless physique and no scandals (sexual and otherwise) in […]

Mbathio Beye, First ever Miss Black France

For 65 years now France has each year participated in the Miss World and Miss Universe beauty pageants. Never has it been said that Miss France was always a white girl. All a girl needed in order to wear the crown was a pretty face, a flawless physique and no scandals (sexual and otherwise) in her history. Lately too she has had to manifest a degree of intelligence and some humanity. It therefore happened that the girls would describe themselves as ‘students’ or ‘graduates’ and all were wishing to be ‘social workers’ or to set off for a dark corner of the Globe to care for ill children …

But on Saturday, April 28 of this year (2012) a Miss Black France beauty pageant was held. The girls had to be black.

Said Frédéric Royer, the man who organized the pageant: “The purpose of this beauty contest is to shine a light on the many black women in this country who are rarely given any media attention. The Miss France competition is not nearly representative enough of modern France.”

Not so, said many.

Among them were Patrick Lozès, founder and former president of CRAN – Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires, and in English the Representative Council of Black Associations – who acknowledged the “good will” of the initiative, but doubted an event held exclusively for France’s black population could be called “progressive.” I hesitate to tell you that Mr. Lozes is a black man.

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He added: “Can you imagine a beauty pageant for Miss White?”

He had backing from Pascal Blanchard, a historian and specialist in immigration at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research. He called the event “stupid and dangerous”, and he said he was “shocked”, and added, “I know that in the US, there are ethnic beauty contests. The fact that they’re tolerated there doesn’t change my mind. Anytime that anyone, no matter where in the world, talks to me about a contest reserved for a specific racial category, I hit the roof!”

The contest was not however cancelled and 18 black finalists from a thousand entrants paraded in swim suits in front of a fairly-packed Salle Wagram in Paris.

A Miss Black France was duly elected.

She is Mbathio Beye, 21 and born in the former French colony of Senegal. She is studying for a master degree in Marketing and lives in Paris. Runner up was Romy Niaba, 22, born in Ivory Coast. She lives in the town of Nantes and is a student in Political Science. Third was Aissata Soumah, 23, born in Guinea Bissau and a student at a business school. She lives in the town of Troyes. Ivory Coast and Guinea Bissau are also former French colonies.

The finalists

Participating as judges were the hip hop artists Mokobé Traoré known professionally as Mokobé who is from Mali, and Passi Ballende known professionally as Passi from the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), and the cross-dresser Vincent McDoom from the Caribbean island of Saint-Lucia.

Mr Vincent McDoom one of the judges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Miss France who will participate in this year’s Miss World Competition is Delphine Wespiser, 19, a management student.

Miss France 2012

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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5-1-2012 at 11:49:25

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We have one Miss South Africa competition, open to all races. We have, over the years, had a representative from all the different races to send to Miss World. Our girls are not chosen on race, as long as they have all the qualifications that the judges are looking for.

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12-26-2012 at 19:18:22

@ Charmaine, South Africa used to not allow non-white women to participate in Miss South Africa and had a separate competition for non-whites called Miss Africa South. Why is it that there has only ever been one Indian Miss South Africa, but 42 white women have won the competition. Maybe it’s time South Africa had a similar competition for just non-white women to even out the numbers.

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