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Jewish queen of Europe

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-10-31

Alexandra Rosenfeld

Alexandra Rosenfeld

A Jewish beauty queen representing France has been crowned Miss Europe.

Alexandra Rosenfeld, 19, who won Miss France last year scooped the additional crown at a gala ceremony in the Ukrainian capital Kiev beating 33 other contestants.

An international jury headed by legendary Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli choose Alexandra as Miss Europe.

Alexandra, who represents the Languedoc region wins 100,000 euros as well as a diamond crown said to be worth over 300,000 euros.

Earlier this year, Alexandra took part in a French demonstration against anti-Semitism following the brutal murder of Ilan Halimi in Paris.

According to European Jewish Press, when Alexandra won her crown as Miss France, the organiser Genevieve de Fontenay reacted to anti-Semitic comments made of Alexandra by saying: "This is the first year we have a young Jewish woman but so what? Alexandra has the right to be Miss France."

In the summer, she also represented France in the Donald Trump-backed Miss Universe.

Once her year as Miss Europe and Miss France is over, she says she wishes to continue with her tourism studies as well as taking part in TV shows.

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