23-year-old Miss France Iris Mittenaere has been crowned Miss Universe 2016.
After 86 contestants had a preliminary competition to prepare them for the live event from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the beauty queen emerged the winner after wooing the judges with her beauty and brains.
The new queen who is of Parisian native is a dental surgery student from France. She plans to use her Miss Universe platform to push for oral and dental hygiene all over the world.
The Miss Universe finalists were Miss France Iris Mittenaere, Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier 1st runner up and Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar as the second runner up.
Mittenaere won the judges over at the Q & A where she had glowing words for France’s refugee population and 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 replied.
The top 13 finalists were Miss Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Colombia, Phillippines, Canada, Brazil, France, Haiti, Thailand and USA.