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In France, where the country’s beauty pageant is still seen as a serious matter and the live broadcast attracts 7.5 million viewers, a buzz has built up around new winner Eve Gilles. The mathematics and computer science student at the University of Lille has short hair, a first in the competition’s more than 100-year history. Jill declared after her election that it was a victory for diversity. “We are used to seeing beautiful masses with long hair, but I chose an androgynous look with short hair. Every woman is different, we are all unique.” This has upset conservatives, who are known for their obsession with setting standards and obligations when it comes to the way women should look and act. .
The winner of the Miss France title was chosen by the audience and the other half by the jury. Although Jill only came in third place in the audience votes, she was still able to win the crown thanks to the judges’ votes. Hence, this choice could be subject to a storm of criticism. “Miss France is no longer a beauty pageant, but a competition based on inclusivity,” one user wrote in further reading on social media.
The aggression inflicted on the winner is so serious that it has now sparked a national controversy. Sandrine Rousseau, MP for the Green Party EELV and leading feminist activist, reacts with shock: “I was shocked by the reactions to Miss France 2024. I didn’t think we were going to get stuck in it. Our hair, what we do with it, how we design fashion is not a men’s business. This a period.” She had previously remarked wryly that in France, “in 2023, will we measure progress in women’s respect by the length of their hair?”
Her party colleague and MEP Karima Deli also defends Gilles: “Tremendous support for Yves Gilles, #Miss France 2024 Despite the hateful tweets on social media with incredible aggression! Swallow your fish, not only are they gorgeous, Miss Nord Pas-de-Calais is also smart to embrace their diversity!
In France, there is also criticism of the beauty pageant phenomenon, especially from feminist circles.
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