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First Miss Black France Pageant Draws Criticism From Some Whites

A French beauty pageant exclusively for black women will take place for the first time in Paris on Saturday. The event has been endorsed by black associations and the organizer of the traditional Miss France contest, but others are crying foul.

France will hold its first “Miss Black” beauty contest in Paris on Saturday, an event that has been widely supported despite criticisms that the racial angle could be detrimental to the values of French society.

Not so, according to promoter Frederic Royer, whose contest enjoys the full approval of the French Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN).

By honoring “Black beauty”, Royer said, the contest would give visibility to a largely ignored section of French society.

“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,” he said. “The Miss France competition is not nearly representative enough of modern France.”

Despite this criticism of the established national beauty contest, longtime “Miss France” celebrity organizer Geneviève de Fontenay praised the initiative as progressive, saying “France has a big racial mix and it must be emphasized as much as possible.

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