Iris Mittinaere from France was crowned the title of Miss Universe 2016 at the end of the 65th edition of the international pageant held at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.
Iris Mittinaere wins the second Miss Universe crown for France after 63 years. Photo credit: MUO.
By winning the title, the 24-year-old dental student from Lille, France ends the 63-year drought for the crown for France. “I think France and Europe really need a Miss Universe” after failing to win the crown for so long, she said at a post-pageant news conference when she was asked how her countrymen would receive her victory. The contest has not been as popular in France as in other countries, she said, but “French people will love it now and every year they will be watching Miss Universe. I’m very proud to bring this crown to Europe,” she said.
Miss Universe 2016 final results:
– Winner: France, Iris Mittinaere
– First Runner-Up: Haiti, Raquel Pelissier
– Second Runner-Up: Colombia, Andrea Tovar
Top Three: Colombia, Andrea Tovar; France, Iris Mittenaere; Haiti, Raquel Pelissier
Top Six: Colombia, Andrea Tovar; France, Iris Mittenaere; Haiti, Raquel Pelissier; Kenya, Mary Esther Were; Philippines, Maxine Medina; Thailand, Chalita Suansane.
Top Nine: Colombia, Andrea Tovar; France, Iris Mittenaere; Haiti, Raquel Pelissier; Kenya, Mary Esther Were; Philippines, Maxine Medina; Thailand, Chalita Suansane; Canada, Siera Bearchall; Mexico, Kristal Silva; USA, Deshauna Barber.
Top Thirteen: Colombia, Andrea Tovar; France, Iris Mittenaere; Haiti, Raquel Pelissier; Kenya, Mary Esther Were; Philippines, Maxine Medina; Thailand, Chalita Suansane; Canada, Siera Bearchall; Mexico, Kristal Silva; USA, Deshauna Barber; Brazil, Raissa Santana; Indonesia, Kezia Warouw; Panama, Keity Drennan; Valeria Piazza, Peru.
(Top 9 Online Favorites: Thailand, Philippines, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, USA, Panama).
Best National Costume: Myanmar, Htet Htet Htun. She wowed the crowd with her amazing puppet-theater inspired costume that truly paid homage to her country’s culture.
At the after party event held at the Okada Manila Hotel, two other special awards were presented respectively to Jenny Kim of Korea (Miss Congeniality) and Lindita Idrizi of Albania (Miss Photogenic).
Below is the answers of newly crowned Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere to the questions about her country – France.
What makes you proud to be representing your country?
“Besides its history, its wonderful sites and cities, I’m proud so proud of my country. Being the woman who represents all the French women means embodying all the French values. It is the first country of freedom, equality and fraternity, which is also our motto since the French Revolution in 1789. I’m this elegant and independent woman with all this values, and most of all, proud to be French!”
What is something that most people don’t know about your country?
“France is the world’s most popular tourist destination, rich with amazing historical sites. 82 million foreign visitors are attracted by the castles, historic cities, amazing landscapes, and I am very proud to live in this beautiful country.”
What is your favorite native dish from your country?
“Snails from burgundy. I love the burgundy sauce, with garlic and herbs.”
How would you describe your country to someone who has never visited there before?
“France is THE romantic country, with a very strong history. They are a lot of things to do, the best places to go shopping, and we also have the best food. And by night France is just magic.”