Story By: Ernest Bio Bogore, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
The organisers of Miss France have revealed that they will choose this year’s contestants by video submittals during the COVID-19 lockdown so the pageant can still go ahead on its 100th year.
Sylvie Tellier, president of the Miss France organising committee, told local media: “All the local pageants are in doubt so we had to roll our sleeves up and find new ways to carry on at all costs.”
She said there is no question of cancelling the beauty show to crown Miss France 2021 “especially as it falls on the centennial year”.
Tellier added: “The only time France was unable to elect its beauty queen was during World War II.”
Models will be asked to supply three videos “of a few minutes”.
Tellier explained: “One video is to formally present themselves in front of the camera, another involves strutting in the garden or living room, and they have to show off any talents in the third one.”
However, “no swimsuit parades” are required and Tellier assured hopefuls that the videos will not be viewed outside of the committee.
Nominations will then be sent to the regional committees and it will be up to them to continue the process as long as it does not interfere with the confinement measures.
According to local media, some regional contestants were already selected before the lockdown took place and they are guaranteed to participate.
The committee also has to organise the traditional trip in November ahead of the televised event, usually in December.
Tellier said: “For once, the trip could take place in France if conditions do not allow for a large group of people to travel abroad.”
Miss Guadeloupe Clemence Botino was elected Miss France 2020 in December 2019.
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