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Barbara Morel wins first Miss Nationale, in France’s “war of the pageants”


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December 6, 2010/1.36


The second national beauty pageant to take place this weekend in France, Miss Nationale, has seen 19-year-old Barbara Morel, Miss Provence, crowned at the Salle Wagram in Paris last night.
   Morel was presented with her crown by former Miss France (2001) and local politician Élodie Gossuin in front of 600 guests.
   Morel is 1·75 m (5 ft 9 in) tall and is a trade and commerce student in Saint-Lambesc, Bouches du Rhône.
   Her win comes a day after Laury Thilleman was crowned Miss France 2011 at the Zenith in Caen.
   Miss Nationale was set up by former Miss France director Geneviève de Fontenay, who resigned from the older pageant earlier this year amid ongoing disputes with its owner, reality TV production house Endemol.
   While not televised, website Dailymotion carried the proceedings online, while de Fontenay’s reputation ensured that there was plenty of press coverage throughout the process.
   The Miss Nationale branding was always closely tied to de Fontenay, who has become well known in France for her strong views on morality and for her trademark millinery—she is nicknamed la dame au chapeau.
   The Dailymotion videos below show the announcement of Morel’s win and her first interview, several minutes after her victory.


Barbara Morel, 19 ans, élue Miss Nationale
Uploaded by BFMTV.


Miss Nationale : Interview Barbara Morel et images élection
Uploaded by Tele-Loisirs.

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