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France Bans Girls Under 16 from Beauty Pageants

By Kaitlynn E-A Smith France is the first country to make a bold move in the beauty industry as The Guardian reports they have banned girls under age 16 from competing. This comes as a move to end the hypersexualition of young girls by the French government. The proposal was introduced as part of the gender equality movement by Chantal Jouanno passed the French Sénate today and is now sent to the Assemblée Nationale for approval. Jouanno, the former sports and youth affairs minister argues, "Don't let us allow commercial interests to outweigh social interests...Don't let us allow our girls to believe from an early age that their only value is their looks." The penalties for those who ignore the rule face a $40,000 fine and up to two years in prison but some call the punishment too harsh. France's women's rights minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem attempted to mitigate the punishment by allowing pageant officials to seek permission but her idea was shut down. France's new stance contrasts previous controversy when child model Thylane Blondeau posed for French Vogue at 10 years old while looking double her age. The photos caused a stir when released worldwide. With the ban of young girls from pageants, the question arises whether the next ban will be placed on the modeling world.

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