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Miss France Iris Mittenaere is Crowned Miss Universe 2017 victor

31 January 2017
Miss France Iris Mittenaere is Crowned Miss Universe 2017 victor

Below you can see a video of last year's victor Pia Wurtzbach giving her the crown. In fact, even Pia at the opening of the show said, "Steve, I never got to thank you but thank you for making me the most popular Miss Universe". As we look back, there were a couple of memorable highlights to take home from the competition. Reigning champion Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines wasn't the final name called, but that was because host Steve Harvey read the wrong name. So, I think that when you fail, you have to be elevated, and you have to try again and keep going. After winning the title, she got an opportunity to represent the community in Miss Universe 2011. However, she explained in a separate interview that her answer was entirely misunderstood.

"I know Maxine did her best to win the crown". We've overheard guy friends and even a mother or two saying they'd like to be a friend to hands-down heartthrob, Miss Columbia, Andrea Tovar, with her bubbly nature, love for children and dancing plus her lovely eyes and smile. "Eh 'di magwawala lahat ng candidates (all candidates will go wild) and also their countries, their ambassadors?"

Let us recall what they said. She has also been always fond of extreme sports, travelling the world and cooking French dishes. "I hope this is the exception".

"This sash is not only a sash, this is something to help people, to understand people".

The contenders were then trimmed to six, including Thailand's Chalita Suansane, Mary Esther Were of Kenya and local hopeful Maxene Medina, who overcame a torrent of domestic criticism of her public-speaking skills.

She had travelled to the Philippines with her relatives, including her father and her grandmother.

"I've been saying this for more than 10 years, even in Binibining Pilipinas..."

The new Miss Universe said after the competition that the question about the refugees was "a little bit hard", but she answered from her heart.

Mittenaere said she would focus during her reign on helping all children, especially girls, attend school.

Even before the 2017 Miss Universe victor could be crowned, there were some surprises about the group of finalists.

It was the Philippines' third time hosting the contest.

Check out Twitter posts about Miss Universe 2016 Top 13, Top 9 and Top 6 Finalists. (Philippine time) at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.