Back in 2013 Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the Minister for Women’s Rights in France, proposed an equality bill to the French Senate. One of the clauses in the bill stated that Mini Miss beauty pageants for girls under the age of 16 should be banned.
This clause was intended to prevent young girls from believing they would be judged by society by the way they look and not by their qualities as human beings. There were lots of Mini Miss competitions in France up until 2013, but not everyone agreed with the values they prized, such as physical appearance. The majority of the French Senate voted in favor of the new bill, although there were a total of 146 votes against the law.
The law against pageants with underage contestants states that organizers of Mini Miss competitions will face a $40,000 fine and could even be imprisoned for up to 2 years.