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Miss France attempts to modernise image with rule changes

The hugely popular beauty pageant will be held on December 17 this year, and organisers have made a number of rule changes in response to accusations of discrimination

Miss France entrants will now be allowed to be married, Pacsed, have children, tattoos and more Pic: Jade Thai Catwalk / Shutterstock

This month’s Miss France competition will feature a number of rule changes as organisers attempt to modernise its image following accusations of discrimination. 

Previously, candidates had to be aged between 18 and 24, but the 2023 contest, to be held in Châteauroux on December 17, will include no upper age limit. 

For the first time, women who are married or Pacsed, or have children, are also allowed to compete. In another change, visible tattoos will now be authorised. 

It has been reported in the French media that the rules have been expanded to allow transgender women, and that actress Andréa Furet became the first transgender contestant earlier this year when she competed for the title of Miss Ile-de-France. 

Must be listed female on ID card

However, the rules already stated that anybody can compete as long as their sex is listed as female on their state ID card. 

The competition’s organisers told The Connexion there might have been transgender contestants in the past, but there are no records, as this is not something they ask. 

Candidates must still be at least 170cm tall, and must not have had cosmetic surgery, although reconstructive surgery is allowed. 

Other rules include not having featured in pornographic films or photos. There are no rules in terms of dress size. 

The changes have already had an effect, albeit limited: the oldest candidates this year will be 26.

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