Usually, women would participate in a national beauty pageant to win the right to compete internationally specially in the big ones like Miss Universe or Miss World. That’s the usual dream of every beauty queen in the planet, to take the top prize. But, it’s not the case for 24-year-old Miss France 2019, Vaimalama Chaves. Why did she decide not to follow the footsteps of Miss World 1953 Denise Perrier (last French Miss World) and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere?
Vaimalama announced on social media last June 25 that she would not represent France at either Miss World 2019 or Miss Universe 2019, and she would rather accompany the contestants of Miss France 2020 during their trip to Tahiti, which would have a conflict with her preparation for the international pageant. She cleared that her decision has nothing to do with anyone.
“As you must know, the girls will come to prepare for Tahiti and I cannot not be there. To live the life you want to have, you have to know how to give up what you do not want. And I want to be here. So here, I choose Polynesia at the expense of Miss Universe or Miss World whatever the date on which it will take place”, she said.
Prior to winning Miss France 2019, Vaimalama won Miss Tahiti 2018 and went on to represent French Polynesia at the national competition held in Lille. She became the first Tahitian representative to be crowned Miss France in twenty years, after Miss France 1999, Mareva Galanter, and only the fourth Tahitian crowned ever.
The last Miss France to have not participated in any international pageants is Miss France 2008, Valerie Bègue due to the issues that came two weeks after her win. French tabloid “Entrevue” released her fully clothed but in suggestive poses on rather tame pictures. The organization then announced that she would be allowed to remain as Miss France 2008, as long as she did not take part in any international competitions.
Miss France usually competes in either or both Miss Universe and Miss World. The national organization is expected to appoint one of the runners-up or even one of the previous winners to represent the tricolor flag on the global stage.
We might still see Vaimalama represent France in the near future.
We never know.