Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The New Miss France is kind of Obama-licious!
This past weekend, the French crowned their new Miss France and in so doing made a little history of their own. Chloe Mortaud, 19, has become the first Black Miss France and she is so cute. But even better, her mother is African-American (dad's French and White) from Mississippi so we can kind of claim her too.
I admit I know very little about Ms. Mortaud --unfortunately the Chloe Mortaud website is written in French -- but her story has my imagination running. Mom escaped from Mississippi 25 years ago and fled to Paris, fell in love and made a life for herself. Now Chloe, a student of international business and fluent in Mandarin Chinese plans to use her new found fame to confront the racism that plagues her country. She told the AP, “I want to go to people and explain to them that fear of the other is unfounded.” Hopefully she'll make some time to come to the United States as well to share her vision of racial healing.
Who needs Disney princesses when we have Ms. Mortaud and Malia and Sasha Obama for our little girls to emulate?
Peace and sparkly tiaras!
(Hat Tip to the Heidi for Miss France info.)