Mounia, France's black supermodel elavated to ranks of Knight of the Order of Merit

Photo and copyright: Régis Durand de Girard: Marie-Luce Penchard & Mounia
Mounia, the first black supermodel from France, has been honored by the French government and elevated to the ranks of Knight of the Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite). She was awarded the honor on November 23th at the Ministery of the Overseas Territories in Paris.

In the name of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Marie-Luce Penchard (current Minister of Overseas Territories) described the model as she who had pushed the greatest grand couturiers to “rupture with aesthetique codes in vigor” of the time in order to include black women in their vision of elegance, sophistication and fashion.

The American magazine, Essence Magazine, in 2005, placed her among the most famous black personalities. Her award was welcomed by the minister as a "tribute to the tenacity and fortitude of black women".

Read a full story at Fashion Insider
See the pictures of the reception at Fxgpariscaraibe


  1. I had missed this news, thanks for sharing! I'll get it up on the Black Women in Europe blog next week.


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