Miss France losers take legal action against pageant for selecting ‘most attractive’ winner

    3 failed Miss France hopefuls sue pageant for selecting contestants based on their appearance AFP|Getty Images

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    The confidential prospects have actually signed up with forces with leading French feminist group Osez le feminisme (Dare to be feminist) (Picture: AFP/Getty)

    Three previous Miss France prospects are taking legal action against the appeal pageant for supposed discrimination by picking entrants based upon their look.

    The ladies, who stay confidential, have actually signed up with forces with the leading French feminist group ‘Osez le feminisme’ (Dare to be feminist) to submit a grievance.

    Osez le feminism has actually long objected versus Miss France, calling it a‘vehicle for sexist values’


    Together with the previous entrants, the group is targeting the Miss France business and Endemol Production, that makes the yearly television program.

    They argue the business are breaking French labour law by having prejudiced choice requirements, requiring ambitious model to be more than 5ft 5in (1.65 m) high, single and ‘representative of beauty’.

    Contestants are likewise not enabled to put on weight, alter their hair, have any tattoos or piercings aside from their ears.

    The guidelines state entrants should not have actually had kids and have actually never ever wed.

    Previous striving model have actually been tossed out of the competitors for acting ‘contrary to good morals, to public order or in the spirit of the contest, which is based on the values of elegance.’

    Contestants compete during the Miss France 2021 beauty contest at the Puy-du-Fou, in Les Epesses, western France, on December 20, 2020. - Miss Normandie Amandine Petit had been elected Miss France 2021, Miss Provence April Benayoum is her first runner-up and Miss Cote d'Azur Lara Gautier is her second runner-up. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

    Miss France turned 100 this year, in spite of years of grievances that it is sexist and remaining from a bygone age (Picture: AFP)

    French labour code prohibits business from discriminating on the basis of ‘morals, age, family status or physical appearance,’ Violaine De Filippis-Abate, a legal representative for Osez le feminisme, informed AFP.

    The case, submitted at a Paris court, will depend upon whether magistrates identify Miss France entrants as de facto workers of the pageant organisers and television business.

    Contestants do not sign an employment agreement, however the complainants indicate a helpful judgement in 2013 when a previous participant on Mister France likewise demanded comparable factors.

    Miss France, which turned 100 this year, has actually undergone years of grievances that it is sexist and a remaining from a bygone age.

    Contestants appear on stage in swimsuit during the Miss France 2017 beauty contest on December 17, 2016 in Montpellier. Third from left is Miss Guyane Alicia Aylies, elected Miss France 2017. / AFP / Pascal GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP via Getty Images)

    Aspiring model contending in Miss France are required to be more than 5ft 5in (1.7 m) high, single and ‘representative of beauty’ (Picture: AFP)

    Despite this, the old-school appeal pageant, which sees ladies parade in swimwears and ballgowns while addressing concerns about their character, is still a popular function on French TELEVISION, with the yearly program routinely attracting countless audiences.

    Miss France decreased to talk about the claim when called by AFP however the 2002 winner Sylvie Tellier– who runs the organisation– firmly insisted to the Daily Telegraph that the contest promotes ladies’s rights.

    ‘You can parade in a swimwear and be a feminist. We are no longer in the days of “look beautiful and shut up”,’ she stated.

    The next Miss France will happen in Caen, northern France, on December 11.

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