MANILA — (UPDATE) France’s Iris Mittenaere was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in a glittering ceremony that celebrated diversity and overcoming life struggles over the perfect runway strut that has become the pageant’s trademark for decades.
Mittenaere, a 23-year-old dentistry student from Lille, touted the open immigration policy of her country and Europe as the United States under Donald Trump tightened immigration controls.
“When you fail, you have to be elevated, you have to try again and keep going. If tonight, I’m not one of the winners, I will still have the great of honor of being one of the three finalists,” she told the judges minutes before she was crowned by the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach.
Haiti’s Raquel Pelissier, a model from Port-au-Prince who survived the 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean country, was first runner up, while Colombia’s Andrea Tovar was second runner-up. The Philippines’ Maxine Medina, Thailand’s Chalita Suansane and Kenya’s Mary Esther Were completed the top six… see more