WINNER: Senegalese marketing student, Mbathio Beye, 21, is 'Miss Black France' 2012
THE FIRST ever 'Miss Black France' was crowned yesterday, despite claims that the pageant is not 'progressive.'
According to the beauty contest's organiser, Frédéric Royer, the goal of the event was to 'celebrate black beauty', on the argument that French black women are underrepresented in the media.
Senegalese marketing student, Mbathio Beye, 21, took the crown on Saturday night in Paris, after being selected from a pool of 1,000 applicants and 17 other finalists.
The French Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN), Patrick Lozes, told Madame Noire: “This logic is detrimental to the values of French society."
He added: "If I think that there are not enough Black people in the most prestigious schools and companies, am I going to go create establishments exclusively reserved for Blacks?”
The event promoter, Frederic Royer, who has dismissed the negative comments made about the competition, told the website: “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."
“The Miss France competition is not nearly representative enough of modern France," he added.