France's culture ministry hosted an entire dwarf fashion show on Friday evening off the normal Paris Fashion Week calendar.

The government is supporting an initiative to promote alternative standards of beauty in an industry that promotes being tall and thin.

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Fifteen women dwarves all measuring under 4 feet 4 inches (1.22 meters, 10.16 centimeters) trod the boards proudly in the latest colorful spring-summer fashions, designed by a team of designers for the show.

Organizers accuse the French fashion industry of "discriminatory diktats" that exclude short people from being considered beautiful.