In a spectacular event that lit up the Pierre Bachelet in the south of Paris, France, Vanessa Dek was crowned Miss Cambodia France 2024. She succeeded Marielle Chun as this year’s ambassador of Cambodian culture and feminine poise.

The February 10 pageant was not only a testament to beauty and grace but also a showcase of the rich tapestry of Khmer traditions.

It was witnessed by over a thousand dignitaries and members of the French-Cambodian community. Luy David, Cambodian ambassador to France, attended the event, lending it an air of prestige. 

The ambassador presented Vanessa with a bouquet of flowers as her title was announced, later taking to social media to share a congratulatory message.

“My heartfelt congratulations to Vanessa Dek, Miss Cambodia France for 2024!” he wrote.

The newly crowned queen was warmly welcomed into the fold by the Miss Cambodia committee and the broader French-Cambodian community. 

As an ambassador of Cambodian values, Vanessa is expected to play a pivotal role in inspiring the youth and representing the essence of Khmer culture throughout her reign.

The committee expressed its enthusiasm for the upcoming year, noting its eagerness to collaborate with Vanessa and her court to amplify their cultural message.

The contest saw a strong lineup of candidates. Vanessa was followed by Victoria Kak as first runner-up and Miss Khmer Crush, while Sophie Tan, Leany Macedo and Vitchara Sok rounded out the top five. The four will be known as dauphines, or “princesses” of Vanessa’s “court”.

Each participant offered a unique blend of beauty, talent, and passion for Cambodian culture, making the final decision a real challenge for the judges and an exciting process for the audience.

The pageant, known as “Miss Cambodge en France” in French, has emerged as a cornerstone event for the Khmer community in France, serving as a celebration of heritage that goes beyond mere aesthetics. 

The 2024 edition was a feast for the senses, featuring traditional and contemporary performances by sixty-five artists, including dance, music, live-painting, stunts, and Kun Khmer demonstrations.

It also hosted traditional Cambodian food stands and a photo exhibition, offering a comprehensive cultural experience for all attendees.

The pageant is supported by a multidisciplinary committee and the local community, including the participation of students and teachers from the Joliot-Curie high school.

The organisers noted that they remain committed to cultural exchanges and community engagement, with the aim of fostering a spirit of inclusivity, as well as a celebration of Cambodian identity in France.