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Oceane Scharre, 10, elected Mini Miss France 2011 (left) and Miss France 2011 Mathilde Florin. France's Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, in an effort to protect children, especially girls from being sexualized too early.

France moves to ban 'hyper-sexualised' beauty pageants for children younger than 16

Organisers of contests could face up to two years in jail or a fine of €30,000

King Mswati III of Swaziland

King of Swaziland to marry his 15th wife

King Mswati III of Swaziland is to marry his 15th wife.

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In the study, attractive women were called back 54 per cent of the time

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Researchers found that 'unattractive' women only had a 7 per cent callback rate, whilst 'attractive' women were called back 54 per cent of the time

Mission Drift starring Heather Christian as Miss Atomic at the National Theatre

Theatre review: Mission Drift, National Theatre, London

A friend of mine recently got married in Las Vegas and celebrated by going to see Rod Stewart in concert there. He was enchanted by the whole glitzy glamour of the experience, and yet he’s a pretty old-fashioned type of socialist and, as it happens, an actor.

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Children don't need stylists – they can fashion their own look

When I saw that there was going to be a children’s fashion week, I decided not to cover it for the fashion pages of The Independent.

Bradley Wiggins holds court after winning the Olympic time trial

Kevin Garside: Oh, Wiggo, say it ain't so. Sir Bradley will just never do

Now what? Ascot’s royal enclosure? You can’t park your bike there, son

Gunpowder residue found on the hands of Mexican beauty queen killed in shoot-out

Authorities had said previously that Maria Susana Flores Gamez might have been used as a human shield

Beauty contest celebrates Italy's alarming obsession with silicone

Research showed 14 per cent of 16- and 17-year-old Italian girls would undergo breast surgery

David and Jackie Siegel at their home in Florida

A broken American dream recorded in full colour (lawsuit attached, of course)

David Siegel was living the American dream. A self-made billionaire, married to a former model 31 years his junior, he travelled in private jets and lunched on caviar. Evenings found him at Florida's society events, quaffing champagne with celebrities, sports stars, beauty queens.

Israeli Holocaust survivor and winner of the beauty pageant Hava Hershkovitz

Row erupts as 'Miss Holocaust Survivor' pageant is held in Israel

Critics slam beauty pageant to find 'Miss Holocaust Survivor' as macabre and offensive

Alice Babidge, costume designer for Caligula

Kermit the Frog joins the chorus – in 'Caligula'

New opera dresses characters as kids' favourites to portray citizens living in terror

Transgender woman may enter Canadian pageant

The Miss Universe Organisation may reverse an earlier decision and allow a transgender woman to enter the Miss Universe Canada pageant.

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