Miss Iris Mittenaere of France emerged as the big winner of Miss Universe 2017. The French beauty was crowned by her predecessor and former Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, last Monday, January 30, 2017.
As the new ambassador of Miss Universe, Mittenaere, who happens to be an aspiring dentist herself, has stated that her platform will focus on the importance of making oral hygiene available for everyone.
Iris Mittenaere of France Is Miss Universe 2017
This year’s Miss Universe pageant was held a month late of its usual schedule. Nevertheless, the show was yet another successful event. It was made even more special this year as the event commemorated at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.
The Philippines, being a beauty pageant powerhouse, is a perfect host for Miss Universe. The delegates received a warm welcome upon their arrival and had the time of their lives touring around the country to visit the best attractions it could offer.
For the 2017 competition, 86 competitors went head to head for the title of Miss Universe. The list was eventually narrowed down to the top three finalists, which included Miss France Iris Mittenaere, Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier, and Miss Colombia Andrew Tovar.
Twenty-four-year-old Iris Mittenaere took home the crown after she impressed judges during her Q&A session. She was asked by host Steve Harvey about her stance on the global refugee crisis. Miss France gave this intelligent response:
“The country should have the right to open or close their borders so throughout the world, people can choose to have the borders opened or closed.
In Europe, we have opened borders. In France, we want to have the most globalization that we can. We want to have the biggest exchange of people that we can. And maybe someday that will change, but now, we have opened borders.
So having opened borders allows us to travel more through the world and to find out more about what’s out there in the world.
Thank you very much.”
Miss Universe 2017: surprise entries and snubs
Miss Iris Mittenaere’s win was not the biggest surprise of the night. Social media went into a frenzy when fan favorite Mariam Hambach of Miss Venezuela failed to move forward to the top 13. Instead, underdogs such as Miss Kenya and Miss Canada took her spot.
A lot of Asian fans were also disheartened when pageant front-runners Miss Philippines Maxine Medina and Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane did not advance to the top three. Nevertheless, the two received a warm welcome from their fans after the pageant.
According to former Miss Universe winner and judge Dayanara Torres, the result was mainly based on personality rather than beauty.
Miss France Iris Mittenaere Crowned Miss Universe 2017 by Holly
“When you arrive at an event where the Miss Universe is going to be, you want to find a person that’s accessible and not just a robot or with an attitude. You don’t want that,” she explained. “You want somebody that’s more human and who’s going to touch other people. Because when they talk, people are going to listen.”