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Miss Universe 2016 took place last night (January 29), and Iris Mittenaere of France was crowned. Keep reading to learn more about the Miss Universe 2016 winner. 

The 65th Miss Universe pageant aired last night, and we were beyond excited to find out which contestant will win the title and make her country proud! The Miss Universe 2016 pageant took place at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Manila, Philippines. If you want to know more about who won Miss Universe 2016, then keep on reading!

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines, crowned the Miss Universe 2016 winner Sunday night (January 29). This was the second year that that the pageant was held late, as Wurtzbach has been the reigning Miss Universe for over a year now.

On November 3, 2016, it was officially announced by the Miss Universe Organization that the Philippines will host the 2016 Miss Universe pageant. The pageant is handled and organized by the DOT, MOU, and LCS Group of Companies.

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To further promote the program, Journey to the Crown: A Celebration of Beauty was aired November 6, 2016 on ETC in the Philippines, with Ashley Graham and Steve Harvey hosting of the show.

The President of the Philippines was a little hesitant about Steve Harvey hosting the pageant, due to his major slip-up at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant. If you don’t remember (or you live under a rock) Steve Harvey announced the wrong name for the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe title. However, once reasoning behind the error was revealed, all reservations were squandered.

Miss Universe 2016 Finalists

The judges for the main event were:

Cynthia Bailey, Actress and Model

Francine LeFrak, Film Producer

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Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994

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Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director

Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011

Janine Tugonon, Miss Universe 2012

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Dayanara Torres, Miss Universe 2013

Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe 2011

There were 86 contestants from different countries competing for the title. Of the contestants, there were some front-runners expected to take the prize.

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People want to know who the Miss Universe 2016 winner is, and the top 25 contestants were:

Colombia

Philippines

Argentina

Brazil

Thailand

Indonesia

Mexico

Australia

Panama

Netherlands

Japan

Ukraine

U.S. Virgin IS.

Vietnam

USA

Sierra Leone

Great Britain

Barbados

Canada

Nicaragua

France

Malaysia

China

Germany

Turkey

And the Winner Is:

The official site for Miss Universe uploaded photos and profiles of some of the candidates. One promising candidate leading into the pageant was Miss USA, Deshauna Barber. Barber serves in the U.S. military and hoped to be the first person in the military to win the Miss Universe title.

Other frontrunners include Miss Brazil, Raissa Santana, and Estefania Berna from Argentina.

According to Tripped Media, another contestant that was poised to take the title is Miss Philippines, Maxine Medina. 

Surprisingly, none of these women took the title. It was Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, who won Miss Universe 2016. The gorgeous brunette is a 24-year-old dentistry student who hopes to use her title as a way to promote oral health, as well as continue with assisting charitable causes as her predecessors have done.

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