Parliament in France has voted to ban child beauty pageants .The pageants are banned for children below the age of 16.
Senators adopted the bill by 196 votes to 146 on Tuesday evening after it was passed by the National Assembly, and it will now become law.
Organisers of such pageants may face a jail term of up to two years and a fine of 30,000 euros (£25,000; $40,000).
The move to ban Child Beauty Pageants was spearheaded by a row over a photo shoot in Vogue magazine.
The photos published in December 2010 showed a girl of 10 with two others, all three in heavy make-up and wearing tight dresses, high heels and expensive jewellery.
The pictures prompted debate in the French Parliament leading to the banning of child beauty pageants.
Vogue defended the pictures, saying they merely portrayed a common fantasy among young girls – to dress like their mother.
“Let us not make our girls believe from a very young age that their worth is only judged by their appearance,” said the author of the report that was presented before parliament , former Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno.