Monday, December 15, 2008

Chloe Mortaud crowned first Miss Black France

The new Miss France says she wants to advertise French ethnic diversity on the world stage.

Chloe Mortaud says her mother is a Mississippi-born African-American and her father’s heritage is ethnic French “as far back as we could trace the family tree.”

She told The Associated Press on Sunday that she wants to “incarnate … today’s French diversity” at international beauty pageants. She says she wants to explain to people that “fear of the other is unfounded.”

She says she and her brother were the only children of mixed ethnic background in a village where they grew up in the French Pyrenees.

Mortaud, a 19-year-old student in international business in Toulouse, won the Miss France pageant Saturday night.

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