Amandine Petit is a French model and beauty pageant titleholder who came into the limelight when she was crowned Miss France 2021 on December 19, 2020.
Amandine Petit was born on Tuesday, September 30, 1997, (age 24 years; as of 2021) at Polyclinic Du Parc in Caen, France. She grew up in Bourguébus, a village in Calvados, Normandy.
She did her schooling in the Caen area, attending primary school in Bourguébus. After pursuing her secondary education at Guy de Maupassant in Saint-Martin-de-Fontenay, Calvados, for a while, she attended Lycée Augustin-Fresnel in Caen. Following her high school education, she appeared in exams to become a nurse, but she failed. Later, she earned a BTS (Brevet de technicien supérieur) degree in negotiation and customer service. Thereafter, she pursued a master’s degree, management of establishments and gerontological structures at the management school IAE (Institut d’Administration des Entreprises), Université de Caen Normandie, in Caen. ouest-france Thereafter, she earned Diplôme baccalaureat technologique sciences et technologies de laboratoire Le Parisien and Diplôme baccalaureat general litteraire Le Parisien (session 2020) from Académie de Bordeaux. Amid the master’s degree, she contested the title of Miss France 2021.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Lavender Gray
Amandine Petit’s father, Jean-Luc Petit, works as a civil servant in the prison system. Her mother, Nathalie Petit, works at the tourism office of Caen. Her elder sister’s name is Pauline Petit.
Pageantry had been a family affair for Amandine Petit. Her maternal grandmother, Nicole Belloteau, was crowned queen of the Château de Creully in 1963, at the age of 20. Previously, Amandine’s great-grandmother, Madeleine Courvalet, was crowned Reine de Creully in 1934. Her maternal grandparents, Nicole and Guy Belloteau, have lived in Bourguébus since 1974.
After completing her formal education, Amandine wanted to become a director of establishments such as nursing homes or residential care for senior citizens. It was due to her grandmother, who is an Alzheimer’s patient, that Petit started advocating medical research. Petit’s fondness for her grandmother led to her active association with France Alzheimer, an organization that works towards the betterment of Alzheimer’s patients.
She was intrigued to pursue pageantry at 17 after she made acquaintance with Malika Ménard (also from Normandy), who had been crowned Miss France 2010. In an interview, while talking about 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 contested in the beauty pageant Miss Normandy 2015 and secured herself the runner-up position. Thereafter, Petit let some time pass and represented herself again in the pageant after five years. On September 26, 2020, Amandine Petit was crowned Miss Normandy 2020 by Clémence Botino, a French model and Miss France 2020, earning Petit the opportunity to contest in Miss France 2021.
On December 19, 2020, Amandine Petit was crowned Miss France 2021 by Clémence Botino at Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in Les Epesses, France.
The event was postponed one week from its original date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Miss France 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the competition. Petit became the seventh woman from Normandy to win the title of Miss France.
On May 16, 2021, Amandine Petit represented France at Miss Universe 2020, held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, US, 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 set to represent France at Miss Universe 2021 (to be held on December 12, 2021), but as she was expected to be present at Miss France 2022 (to be held on December 11, 2021) she participated in the 2020 edition of the pageant. Meanwhile, Clémence Botino, who was supposed to represent France in the 2020 edition, was moved to the 2021 edition.
Apart from that, she was also known for advocating 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 range of challenges to win the prize money. During the show, overwhelmed by fear, sobs and tremors, Amandine France found herself paralyzed before performing the task to jump 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 intending to entertain the French youth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2021, she was among the 109 women who were chosen to portray Marianne in an exhibition outside the mausoleum Panthéon to symbolize values like liberty, equality and fraternity. Marlène Schiappa, who was serving as Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship under the Minister of the Interior, unveiled the portraits of these women.
- To support Amandine in her hustle 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 leisure time.
- While talking about 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 Miss Normandy 2021 contest, the organizing committee gave Amandine a surprise by bringing her grandmother, a former beauty queen, on stage to walk the ramp with Amandine.
- Her Instagram account exhibits pictures featuring Amandine enjoying a glass of champagne occasionally.