Newly crowned ‘Miss France 2024’ Eve Gilles, faces criticism after winning the prestigious pageant with pixie cut hair that makes her look ‘androgynous’.
In her speech, Gilles recognized that she opted for a short hairstyle for the show as a way to symbolize individuals with an ‘androgynous’ appearance, diverging from the conventional association with long hair.
“We’re used to seeing beautiful Misses with long hair, but I chose an androgynous look with short hair,” she proclaimed.
Praising her win as a win for ‘diversity,’ she said, “No one should dictate who you are,” adding that every “woman is different, we’re all unique.”
Nevertheless, the audience expressed dissatisfaction with the decisions made by the show. The Miss France 2024 winner was selected through a combination of a public vote and a jury, with each contributing fifty percent to the final decision.
One person on X wrote, “Miss France is no longer a beauty contest but a woke contest which is based on inclusiveness.”
Others said that Gilles “doesn’t look anything like Miss France” and that “we don’t care about her haircut but the androgynous body is obviously there to serve as woke”.
However, the negative criticisms quickly dissolved after an overwhelming wave of encouragement for the recently crowned Miss France 2024 arrived.
One fan wrote: ‘Maybe the new #MissFrance isn’t gorgeous in your eyes, but seeing wokeism in her because she has short hair…. It’s just ridiculous.’
Another added: ‘Eve Gilles is the new Miss France 2024, your malicious and useless criticisms won’t change that, she’s sublime.’
‘Eve Gilles isn’t even trans, has never claimed to be trans, but half of the comments about her are transphobic because she has short hair,’ a third said.
Ms. Gilles, aspires to become a statistician, made history as the first winner in the pageant’s 103-year legacy without long hair, much to the disappointment of certain viewers. Currently enrolled in Mathematics and Computer Science at Lille University, she commutes to her family in Quaëdypre, near Dunkirk, every weekend.
She even worked in a factory to support herself financially. Eve Gilles, aged 20, hailing from Nord-Pas-de-Calais in the northern part of the country, was crowned by the previous winner, Indira Ampiot, in front of a television audience of 7.5 million last night.