Many still cannot believe it and doubt that the late Françoise Foning (1949-2015) was once a beauty queen. But it is true. Françoise Foning was indeed 1st runner-up in the 1960 Miss Independence pageant (the concept was rebranded as Miss Cameroon). Julienne Honorine Ayissi, mother of the famous stylist Imane Ayissi, ultimately won the crown. Obviously, Françoise Foning did not prove unworthy of her rank in the pageant, based on the photo showing her foregone beauty and figure.
“Foning was indeed the 1st runner-up of Miss Cameroon. I doubted it to the point I asked her on a television set. And she confirmed it”, said a journalist who presented a debate program on a local channel.
Miss Foning à droite.
According to converging sources in her family and those who knew her when she was slender, Françoise Tsopgny Nguiazong née Foning (from the name of her late husband), was very beautiful and was making heads turn! But that was before the additional weight overtook her formerly svelte figure.
Monique Ngo Mayag