Congratulations Miss Universe 2016 – Miss France Iris Mittenaere
The long wait is over, the 65th Miss Universe was finally crowned at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila Philippines and she is none other than Miss France Iris Mittenaere.
Miss Universe 2016 First Runner up is Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier while the second runner up is Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar.
The last time France won Miss Universe title was in the second edition of the pageat which was in 1953. It took them 63 years before they finally get a second Miss Universe tittle holder from France.
Miss Universe 2016 Top 6 Candidates:
Top 3 Finalists
The pageant started with the announcement of the Top 13 delegates. After the break, top 9 were announced based on the scores from the judges and social media votes.
65th Miss Universe Judges include TV star and former model Cynthia Bailey, Emmy and Tony award-winning producer Francine LeFrak, and editorial director of fashion magazine PAPER Mickey Boardman.
Also in panel of judges are Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach made her final walk wearing a blue gown before passing on the crown to Mittenaere.
She expressed gratitude to her family, the Miss Universe organization (MUO), her fans called “Pianatics” and all Filipinos.
Before Harvey announced the final winner, Wurtzbach jokingly provided Harvey with a pair of glasses.
Harvey made it a point not to make a mistake in reading the name of the winner as he did in the Miss Universe pageant in 2015 where he announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez instead of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach as the next Miss Universe.
The ladies and audiences were serenaded by Grammy-nominated rapper Flo Rida and Grammy award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men.(PNA)