Amandine Petit, 23, has been crowned Miss France 2021. Hailing from Normandy, France, she is 175 cm tall and is a model.
Hosted by Jean-Pierre Foucault and Sylvie Tellier, the Miss France 2021 coronation night took place at Puy du Fou in Les Epesses, Pays de la Loire, France on December 19, 2020. Including Petit, 29 candidates competed for the title.
Runner-up to Petit was April Benayoum, 21, of Provence. The respective second, third and fourth runners-up were Lara Gautier, 22, of Côte d’Azur, Aurélie Roux, 24, of Alsace and Lou-Anne Lorphelin, 23, of Burgundy.
Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere served as a judge. She was joined by Miss France 1963 Muguette Fabris, Miss France 1980 Patricia Barzyk, Miss France 1987 Nathalie Marquay, Miss France 1991 Mareva Georges, Miss France 1992 Linda Hardy, Miss France 2000 Sonia Rolland, Miss France 2001 Élodie Gossuin and Miss France 2014 Flora Coquerel.
To determine the winner, the Top 5 finalists received only 50 percent of their respective total scores from the jury and the other 50 percent was from the voting public. In case of a tie, the public vote will prevail.
Petit received the highest score from the voting public while Roux ranked second and Benayoum, Lorphelin and Gautier ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively. The official jury gave Gautier the highest score and Benayoum the second highest score while Lorphelin, Petit and Roux ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
When the voting public and official jury’s scores were combined, Petit and Benayoum tied. In the end, the public’s votes prevailed and the candidate from Normandy was crowned.
As Miss France 2021, Petit will represent France at either Miss Universe 2021 or Miss World 2021. The country will be represented by Miss France 2020 Clémence Botino, 23, of Guadeloupe at Miss Universe 2020.
Born in Caen, France on September 30, 1997, Petis grew up in Bourguébus, a village within Calvados in Normandy. She is the seventh Miss France from Normandy.
After receiving a brevet de technicien supérieur (BTS) certificate, a national diploma of higher education in France, in negotiation and customer service, Petit took examinations to become a nurse. She is pursuing a master’s degree in management and gerontological structures t the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises campus in Caen within the University of Caen Normandy in Caen.
In 2014, Petit met Miss France 2010 Malika Ménard, 33, of Normandy. The latter encouraged the former to compete in beauty pageants.
In 2015, Petit was crowned Miss Lower Normandy 2015 and became Miss Normandy 2015 second runner-up. She went on hiatus then made a successful comeback by winning Miss Normandy 2020 before winning Miss France 2021.