Amandine Petit is a French model and beauty pageant holder who rose to fame when she was crowned Miss France 2021 on
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Amandine Petit was born on Tuesday September 30, 1997, (age 24 years; from 2021) at the Polyclinique Du Parc in Caen, France. She grew up in Bourguébus, a village in Calvados, Normandy.
She went to school in the Caen region, attending the Bourguébus primary school. After having done her secondary studies with Guy de Maupassant in Saint-Martin-de-Fontenay, in Calvados, she attended the Augustin-Fresnel high school in Caen. After graduating from high school, she took the exams to become a nurse, but she failed. Later, she obtained a BTS (Brevet de technicien supérieur) in negotiation and customer service. Subsequently, she pursued a master’s degree in management of establishments and gerontological structures at the IAE (Institute of Business Administration) management school, University of Caen Normandie, in Caen. In the middle of the master, she sought the title of Miss France 2021.
Height (approx): 5 ′ 9 ″
Hair color: Light brown
Eye colour: Lavender Gray
Amandine Petit’s father, Jean-Luc Petit, works as an official in the prison system. Her mother, Nathalie Petit, works at the Caen tourist office. Her older sister is called Pauline Petit.
The pageantry had been a family affair for Amandine Petit. Her maternal grandmother, Nicole Belloteau, was crowned queen of Château de Creully in 1963, at the age of 20. Previously, Amandine’s great-grandmother, Madeleine Courvalet, was crowned Queen of Creully in 1934. Her maternal grandparents, Nicole and Guy Belloteau, have lived in Bourguébus since 1974.
After completing her studies, Amandine wanted to become the director of establishments such as retirement homes or retirement homes for the elderly. It was thanks to his grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, that Petit began to advocate medical research. Petit’s attachment to his grandmother led to his active association with France Alzheimer, an organization that works for the well-being of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was intrigued to continue the pageantry at 17 after having met Malika Ménard (also from Normandy), who had been crowned Miss France 2010. In an interview, while speaking of Amandine, Malika Ménard said:
I had spotted her in the street, she was 17 years old…. This is the only time this has happened to me. I found that she had all the criteria to go far in the competition. She had marked me: she is tall, has beautiful clear eyes, a lot of elegance and presence.
She entered the Miss Normandy 2015 beauty pageant and secured second place. Afterwards, Petit let some time pass and re-entered the competition after five years. On September 26, 2020, Amandine Petit was crowned Miss Normandy 2020 by Clémence Botino, French model and Miss France 2020, which earned her the opportunity to compete in Miss France 2021.
On December 19, 2020, Amandine Petit was crowned Miss France 2021 by Clémence Botino at Puy du Fou, a historic theme park in Epesses, France.
The event has been postponed for a week from its original date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Miss France 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the competition. Petit became the seventh Norman woman to win the title of Miss France.
On May 16, 2021, Amandine Petit represented France at Miss Universe 2020, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States, where she secured a place in the Top 21.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two titles were awarded in 2021, Miss Universe 2020 (in May 2021) and Miss Universe 2021 (in December 2021). Originally, Petit was to represent France at Miss Universe 2021 (which will be held on December 12, 2021), but since she was to be present at Miss France 2022 (which will be held on December 11, 2021), she participated in the edition 2020 edition of the competition. For his part, Clémence Botino, who was to represent France in the 2020 edition, has been moved to the 2021 edition.
Apart from that, she was also known for standing up for women’s rights during her beauty pageant journey. After winning the title of Miss France 2021, she appeared as a contestant in the French game show Fort Boyard in which contestants attempt a series of challenges to win the cash prize. During the show, overwhelmed by fear, sobs and tremors, Amandine France found herself paralyzed before accomplishing the task of jumping into the void harnessed to a pontoon. Therefore, she decided to give up.
She also became a weekly co-host on Virgin Radio; she presented a show intended to entertain French youth in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2021, she was one of 109 women chosen to play Marianne in an exhibition outside the Pantheon mausoleum to symbolize values such as freedom, equality and fraternity. Marlène Schiappa, who held the post of Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship to the Minister of the Interior, unveiled the portraits of these women.
Facts / Anecdotes
- To support Amandine in her race to win the title of Miss France 2021, her portrait was displayed in the streets of her hometown, Bourguébus.
- In an interview, she revealed that she loves to cook in her spare time.
- Speaking of her favorite accessories in an interview, she said:
I never go out without a pair of earrings, but I never take off my Rihanna Fenty Beauty gloss either.
- On October 23, 2021, during the Miss Normandy 2021 contest, the organizing committee surprised Amandine by bringing her grandmother, a former beauty queen, on stage to walk the ramp with Amandine.