Steve Harvey announced last night (January 29) that France’s Iris Mittenaere is Miss Universe 2016. Last year’s Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach, crowned Mittenaere in Manila, Philippines.
Without a dramatic mix-up like last year, Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, was crowned Miss Universe 2016. After 86 gorgeous women representing their countries competed for the title at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, the 24-year-old dentistry student was crowned by Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach. Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, is the first runner-up, while Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar, placed third. The beautiful Mittenaere is the second Miss Universe from France, the last one being Christiane Martele in 1953. She has ended France’s 63-year title drought with her victory, which is the longest in the pageant’s history.
Mittenaere, who turned 24 on January 25, was born in the Northern French city of Lille. She studied dentistry at Lille 2 University of Health and Law, and plans to become a dental surgeon. She plans to be active in charity like her Miss Universe predecessors and also use the avenue to promote dental care and hygiene. In the Q&A session, she spoke about France’s open 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,” she told the judging panel. According to her Miss Universe bio, she is “fond of extreme sports, travelling the world and cooking new French dishes.” The self-proclaimed “fresh and funny woman” was also one of the many ladies taking a dig at Steve Harvey for last year’s goof-up. Miss Universe 2016 is also very active on Instagram with over 350,000 followers. Here are the top 10 photos of Iris Mittenaere you have to see.
#1. A Golden Goddess
Mittenaere paraded on the Miss Universe stage during the preliminaries looking like a movie star from head to toe in this off-shoulder bedazzled gown.
#2. A Birthday Special
The 24-year-old thanked her fans for their birthday wishes with a pic flaunting her stunning body. She celebrated her birthday on January 25 while preparing for the Miss Universe pageant.
#3. High Standards of Beauty
Her legs don’t seem to end in this body-hugging dress as she prepares for her interview during the Miss Universe pageant. She looks like every stylist’s dream doll!
#4. Flawless Smile
She is an advocate for dental and oral hygiene, and you can tell from her dazzling smile! Now that she’s crowned Miss Universe, she intends to use the title to promote dental care as well as help charity causes.
#5. Showing Her Love for Manila
Philippines’ color and radiance seemed to have worked some magic on Mittenaere because she looks incredible in this picture.
#6. French Beauty
She’s probably tired of walking in those stilettos all day during rehearsals, but she still looks chic and modelesque in this selfie.
#7. A Room with a View
Iris Mittenaere even relaxes in style. We can’t decide whether the seafront view or the hotel room is better.
#8. Larger Than Life
Mittenaere stands tall at 5’8″ but she has a knack of looking eight feet tall in every photo she’s in.
#9. A Little Mermaid
She could halt ships if she were in the sea. Looking this good when snuggling in a mermaid-tail blanket are relaxing goals.
#10. Crowning Glory
Mittenaere’s eyes sparkle more than the jewels on the crown in this picture. The crown is truly becoming of this beautiful woman!