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December 17, 2012  | by: Martha Adjei

Dailymail.co.uk

 

There’s always some type of drama in the world of pageants. According to the Dailymail, and Kenya Daily Eye, the Miss France organization is being called racist for the lack of representation of ethnic minorities in France. Louis-Georges Tin, the president of Council of Black Associations attacked the pageant, saying that it didn’t reflect the diverse cultural backgrounds of French people.

“The failure to represent the contemporary French population in an event such as this is obviously serious,” said Tin, “The failure to represent the contemporary French population in an event such as this is obviously serious”.

The article is referring to the women who are from the French Caribbean territories and the French Muslims who are largely of North African decent. The article goes on to say that out of 33 contestants, only 8 were ethnic minorities, and the only Muslim contestant was was ‘quickly eliminated’ from the competing bunch.

The winner was 19-year-old Marine Lorphelin, a medical student who was described as being ‘ “as white as the end of year snow on the steeples of an eternal France.” The president of the Council of Black Associations along with the Director of Miss Black France were outraged at the judges’ decision, as articles and other public opinions about the apparent racial tensions of the pageant have made headlines as supporters of Miss Lorphelin’s big win grow smaller and smaller. It really is a shame what racism can do to people.

Being a pageant competitor myself, I know how hard it is to face people who don’t like that you won. Although Miss Loprhelin should try to stay positive and ignore the haters, you can’t help but wonder: will we ever see a Miss France that isn’t white? I don’t know– but as an African American woman, I sure do hope so.

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