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Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach - Iris Mittenaere

France’s Iris Mittenaere is new Miss Universe

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach - Iris MittenaereIris Mittenaere, 24, of Lille, France was crowned Miss Universe 2016, besting 85 other contestants from around the globe. She became her country’s second Miss Universe after Christiane Martel who won the title in 1953. Haiti’s Raquel Pélissier and Colombia’s Andrea Tovar were named first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively.

The 65th edition of the prestigious beauty pageant was held at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Philippine’s representative, Maxine Medina, made it to Top Six.

The coronation night’s judges included actress/model Cynthia Bailey, Paper magazine’s editorial director Mickey Boardman, film/TV producer Francine LeFrak, and former Miss Universe winners Leila Lopes (2011), Sushmita Sen (1994) and Dayanara Torres (1993).

Steve Harvey, who made the controversial faux pas during last year’s announcement of winner, returned as host alongside Ashley Graham. American recording artists Flo Rida and Boyz II Men performed musical numbers during the pageant.

Top 13
Kenya
Indonesia
USA
Mexico
Peru
Panama
Colombia
Philippines
Canada
Brazil
France
Haiti
Thailand (fan vote winner)

Top 9
USA
Thailand
France
Mexico
Kenya
Colombia
Canada
Haiti
Philippines

Top 6
France
Kenya
Colombia
Thailand
Philippines

Top 3
Colombia – 2nd Runner-Up
Haiti – 1st Runner-Up
France – Miss Universe 2016

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