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Sylvie Tellier at Dinarobin Beachcomber: "Miss France is a career booster”

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With a little over 48 hours remaining until the Miss France 2019 election evening, here’s an interview we had with the Managing Director of the Miss France organisation and the Miss Europe pageant, Sylvie Tellier while the 30 finalists were on stay at Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa from 20 to 27 November 2018.

The Miss France 2019 election will be held on Saturday 15 December 2018 at the Zénith de Lille and promises to be a grand evening. “This year, the candidates will put on a show on their own. They will transport viewers into a theatrical world. The themes will range from Bollywood to circus and superheroes,” says Sylvie Tellier, who herself was crowned “France’s Most Beautiful Woman” in December 2001. “It’s pleasing to have an especially good bunch of candidates this year, which is truly representative of today's France.”



For the Managing Director of the Miss France organisation, Dinarobin Beachcomber was a natural choice for this trip to Mauritius with the 30 candidates standing for election in the 89th edition of the Miss France pageant. “My first trip after my election was to Dinarobin Beachcomber. I came here to inaugurate the spa and truly fell in love with the destination. I’m now a regular with my children and I’ve been able to get to know the island pretty well,” she says.

This year was the third time in 13 years that Miss France candidates visited Mauritius. The factors that influence this choice include the minimal time difference, the sunny climate and “The charming people, who have been very welcoming and caring to our candidates,” says Sylvie Tellier. “We simply try to vary destinations to allow viewers to discover the candidates in a different setting each year.”


According to her, having the chance of being crowned Miss France is a real boost. “The young women who compete today do it out of love. You don’t really enter the Miss France pageant by chance. There are a number of local, departmental and regional elections before reaching the final, but it is a true career booster.”

Looking back at her crowning 17 years ago, she says, “The life of a Miss France is quite hectic.” That’s why she gave herself a break after her year of reign. “I wanted to spend time with my family and friends and go back to living a more Zen life.”

Prior to entering the pageant, she had already completed her Master of Laws degree and was preparing for the lawyer’s examination. “I felt that there was no urgency. I was only 23 and wasn’t lagging behind with my studies. I wanted to enjoy the world before starting a legal career. It was perhaps a bit out of laziness too…”


Sylvie Tellier admits that she is “curious by nature” and likes to “get into different things.” She worked as a TV chronicler and for the City of Lyon before joining the Miss France organisation in 2005. Two years later, she was contacted by the Endemol Group, which had just secured the licence for the Miss France pageant. “They asked me to set up a team that would add a slightly different twist to the contest. I found the challenge very interesting. I had experienced Miss France from the inside and knew that it was a wonderful adventure, but there was much room for improvement. Today, we have a real team that works all year round to prepare for the election and to look after the Miss.”

A mother of three, Sylvie Tellier has to balance family and work life on a daily basis. “It seems to me that when you are lucky enough to have a job that you like, you have to make sacrifices. You just have to be a full-time mom when you’re at home and a full-time business leader when you’re at the office.”

As a result, she also hasn’t passed the lawyer’s examination yet. “You have your entire life to become a lawyer. Maybe I’ll take the examination in 10 or 20 years, I don’t know...”