The competition was strongly criticized this year, in particular for the rules requiring candidates to be single in civil status and without children.
“If Miss France has put these rules in place, it is to protect Miss France”. The election of Miss France 2022 was preceded this year by several criticisms, pointing out the rules imposed to be able to stand. To apply for the competition, you must be at least 1.70m tall, be under 25 and “not be or have been married or in a civil partnership, not have had or have children”.
The Minister of Equality between Women and Men Elisabeth Moreno, deplored last Friday to AFP “outdated rules (…) which can be discriminatory”. She regretted that, for example, a “widowed woman or a woman who is already a mother cannot apply”. In October already, she had already qualified the rules of the contest of “completely has been”.
Rules designed to “protect Miss France”
For Diane Leyre, this rule of being single in civil status was thought “to protect Miss France. Imagine if I was Miss Tahiti, I moved to France, for a year I no longer see my husband, I no longer see my children, it’s difficult “, declares the young woman from Île-de-France on BFMTV.
“And imagine that there is a divorce that takes place, that means that your divorce is publicized by all the press. A divorce is already hard enough, if in addition everyone puts it forward .. . “, continues Miss France 2022.” These rules are put in place because it is incompatible “with the” busy “year that awaits the elected, according to her.
This rule, however, appears to be one of those that may change in the future. “There are criteria to change to adapt to the times (…). I think that the single status is surely obsolete”, however admitted, shortly before the election, Alexia Laroche-Joubert, the president of the company Miss France, a subsidiary of the production company Endemol.
“To each their own definition of feminism”
In contact with Alexia Laroche-Joubert, Elisabeth Moreno tempered her remarks on the competition, declaring to be now “almost certain” that the rules “will evolve”. And for her, if the rules must change, the competition deserves to be supported because “it was a way for many women to emancipate themselves, to be known, to be able to create their business, to be able to speak” .
“To each their own definition of feminism,” Diane Leyre said on BFMTV. “I find it important to clarify that I am Miss France and a feminist because for me the two are totally compatible. My definition of feminism is to take the power of your life, it is to say ‘I dare and I assume ‘, to follow its rules’.