Black women in France are making bold moves. For the first time ever, France will hold its “Miss Black” beauty contest in Paris on Saturday (April 28), an event that France’s black population feel is long overdue.
According to promoter Frederic Royer, the upcoming black beauty contest, which is supported by the French Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN), will 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.” 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…”