Miss France and the New Black

Chloe Mortaud’s no Miss Obama, but she’s another potent symbol that blackness is in vogue.

As a true transnational, Mortaud delicately balances her Frenchness with American blackness. In the same interview with Men’s Style, she insists that she likes classical music (as any Miss France must) then quickly affirms her love for hip-hop and the artist Akon.

As Mortaud reportedly said, “This vote of the French well represents what is going on in the world.”

W. Hassan Marsh is a freelance journalist from Atlanta who has lived and traveled extensively in Francophone countries. He blogs at The Maroon Wanderer.