“There is no problem” for transgender “female civil identity” to participate in Miss France, said Alexia Laroche-Joubert, president of the company Miss France. Abroad, several competitions have already practiced this opening.
“There is no problem [si des candidates transgenres] who have walked towards the feminine “and have a feminine identity card want to participate in the election of Miss France, declared on Sud Radio on December 15 the president of the company Miss France, Alexia Laroche-Joubert who produces the program and manages the beauty pageant brand.
The Miss France contest is the subject of recurring criticism, in particular from associations and neo-feminist activists who consider it sexist. The 2022 edition of the competition has not escaped criticism, including from the Minister for Gender Equality, Elisabeth Moreno who judged the rules of the competition “completely has been“.
Only single women between 18 and 24 years old, having no children and measuring at least 1.70 meters, can claim the crown of Miss France.
“There are surely some adjustments to be made”, conceded Alexia Laroche-Joubert, also general manager of Adventure line productions, which produces in particular Koh Lanta.
“I took the head of the company a few months ago, I am in full reflection,” explained the producer, who has participated in the creation of several successful PAF shows such as star Academy Where Loft Story.
“I would like to work at a college of reflection on the regulation” with the regional committees Miss France, “which make the elections”, she continued.
“Above all, I did a very interesting exercise: I called 25 Miss France, one hour of conversation with each, to understand what Miss France is”, added Alexia Laroche-Joubert.
On December 11, Geneviève de Fontenay, president of the Miss France committee from 1981 to 2007, released an uncompromising press release in which she said she was “shocked by the possibility of seeing the Miss France competition open to transgender candidates”.
This year, the Miss Panama and Miss South Africa beauty contests are open to transgender candidates.
In the United States, for the first time a transgender candidate, Kataluna Enriquez, a young woman crowned Miss Nevada aged 27, participated in the Miss USA contest this year.
In 2018, the Miss Universe contest featured Miss Spain, pioneer Angela Ponce as the first transgender candidate for the title.