Iris Mittenaere of France
crowned Miss Universe 2016

January 30, 2017 11:03

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(UPDATED at 12:16 p.m., Jan. 30, PH time) After more than six decades, France is back in the beauty pageant map after its candidate, Iris Mittenaere, was crowned Miss Universe in Manila on Monday, January 30.

Mittenaere, 24, succeeded Miss Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach.

Haiti’s Raquel Pelissier was first runner-up while Andrea Tovar of Colombia placed second.

All three candidates were asked the same question: “Name something over the course of your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that.”

Mittenaere answered: “I failed several times in my life. I thought that I failed when my name was not on the list (for casting), but the very next day, I found myself in a new book. When you fail, you have to be elevated and try again. If I do not win the crown, I still had the great honor of being one of the three finalists.”

The new Miss Universe was decided on based on the combined scores from the judges and online voters.

TV personality-comedian Steve Harvey hosted the event with model-designer Ashley Graham.

The judges were: Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres, Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, editorial director of PAPER magazine Mickey Boardman, Model Cynthia Bailey, and Tony award-winning producer Francine LeFrak.

The Philippines’ Maxine Medina made it as far as the Top 6 where she was also joined by Kenya and Canada.

Mittenaere bested 85 other contestants.

France last won the pageant in 1953 when Christiane Martel represented her country.

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach crowns Iris Mittenaere, Miss France 2016 the new Miss Universe at the conclusion The 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast airing on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, January 29 from the Mall of Asia Arena. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. ©IMG Universe LLC
Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach crowns Iris Mittenaere, Miss France 2016 the new Miss Universe at the conclusion of the 65th MISS UNIVERSE. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. ©IMG Universe LLC

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