Sophie Thalmann (born 7 May 1976) is a French former beauty queen, model and television presenter. She was titled Miss Lorraine in 1997 and Miss France in 1998. She is the 68th Miss France.
Candidate and election
In 1996, at age 20, Sophie Thalmann won the title of Miss Meuse. That same year, she nearly won the title of Miss Lorraine and received the title of first runner-up. In 1997, she finally won the title of Miss Lorraine in Bar-le-Duc, which qualified her for the Miss France election on 13 December 1997. While she began studying audiovisual in Nancy, she was elected Miss France at age 21 in Deauville in front of 15 million viewers.
Her runners-up are :
1st : Véronique Caloc, Miss Martinique, first runner-up of Miss World
2nd : Céline Cheuva, Miss Flandre
3rd : Hinano Teonatoga, Miss Tahiti
4th : Anne Houze, Miss Hainaut
5th : Florence Jacquinot, Miss Pays d’Ain, 7th runner-up of Miss Model of the World
6th : Maud Aguilar, Miss Bourgogne
Year of Miss France
After being elected and for about a year, Sophie Thalmann traveled in France with Geneviève de Fontenay and appeared as a guest in a number of television programs.
On 12 May 1998, Sophie Thalmann represents France at the Miss Universe contest, which took place in Honolulu. During the election, she was finally not selected. For the Miss World contest that took place on 26 November 1998 in Mahé, Seychelles, she was replaced by her first runner-up Véronique Caloc, who will be ranked at the end of the election first runner-up of Linor Abargil.
In 1998, she participated at the game show Une famille en or on TF1. In June of that year, while still having her Miss France title, she participated at the game show Fort Boyard broadcast on France 2. She is the leader of the team with ice skater Marie-Pierre Leray. On 12 July 1998, she assisted at the FIFA World Cup Final that opposed France and Brazil at the Stade de France.
Sophie Thalmann began her career on television in 1999 with her first season on Téléfoot on TF1. She co-hosted for three seasons the program alongside Thierry Roland. She then co-hosted on the same channel other programs such as Y’a pas photo (1999–2000), Les Petits Princes (2000), Combien ça coûte ? (2001–2002) with Jean-Pierre Pernaut and Le bêtisier du sport (2001–02).
In 2004, she co-hosted with Pierre Sled the program Vous pouvez répéter la question ? on France 3. She then presented the program Le matin de Diane on 10 June 2007 on channel Equidia. From 2006 to 2009, she presents Sophie club and once a month during the season from 2004–05, she presented the program J’ai aimé un cheval. In November 2009, she started presenting on the same channel the program Ch’val dire à Sophie. She also hosted radio programs like Passionnément Sophie in 2001 on France Bleu Sud Lorraine and Les tontons footeux in 2003 on RTL.