I saw one of African Prints in Fashion’s posts featured a beautiful black woman wearing a super cute bikini… when I peered closer to see who the woman was, I saw her credited as Romy Niaba, Miss Black France. Say what?! On further investigation I found out that it was the first exclusively black beauty pageants held in France. The winner this year is 21-year-old Sengalese beauty Mbathio Bèye (pictured above). Apparently black beauty is not represented in France and this competition aims to give black women a platform to be honoured. The last time a black women won Miss France was back in 2000 – a biracial beauty of Rwandan origin, Sonia Rolland.
Umm… wouldn’t the solution to be to fix the broken system within the existing pageants rather than creating further segregation and creating another brand of beauty? Seems to me the idea isa bit backward.