The U.S. loves watching small children glammed up in expensive dresses and spray tans during child beauty pageants.
France’s Parliament ruled on Wednesday that this same trend will not continue in its country.
The New York Times reported Thursday that the French Senate voted to no longer allow beauty pageants for children younger than 16-years-old.
The vote is in an attempt to curb the hyper-sexualization of pre-pubescent girls. Sports minister Chantal Jouanno presented the amendment, which is part of a larger gender equality bill.
"Let us not make our girls believe from an early age that their only value is their appearance," she said to the senate according to The Guardian.
Juoanno wrote a report on the issue in 2011 pertaining to the pressure that young women endure based on appearances.
“It is extremely destructive for a girl between the age of 6 and 12 to hear her mother say that what’s important for her is to be beautiful,” she said.
She brought up the subject after Paris Vogue printed photos of young girls dressed in lavish clothing, makeup and high heels that looked more appropriate for older women.
The ban needs to be approved by the National Assembly in order to make it official.
France has fewer pageants than the United States with the largest ones being the Mini Miss and Graines de Miss, or Miss in the Making.
If the law passes, violators could face up to two years in prison or thousands in fines.
Members of Parliament as well as the pageant community feel the ban is a bit harsh and have criticized the amendment.
Women’s rights minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem suggested that the pageants be regulated instead and will try to convince the lower house as the deadline draws closer.
“In our contests, girls are princesses for a day, they make friends with others,” Graines de Miss founder Maud Chevalier in the article said.