Miss France won the Miss Universe 2016 on Monday, January 30.
Iris Mittenaere, a dental surgery student from the small town of Lille in the north of France, shined among the 85 candidates during the Coronation Night held at the Mall of Asia, Pasay, Philippines.
The 24-year old candidate stunned the crowd with her beauty and wit as she won the hearts of the judges over Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, who landed first runner-up, and Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar, who ended second runner-up.
In the final question round, these Top three candidates were each asked the same question: “Name something over the course of your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that experience.”
Miss France’s answered, “I’ve failed several times in my life, so I thought that I failed the first time that I went out on a casting because my name wasn’t on the list. The very next day, I found that I was in a new book. So I think that when you fail, you have to be elevated, you have to try again, and keep going. If tonight, I’m not one of the winners, I will still have the great honor of being one of the three finalists, so I think that I have failed before, but I think this is a great first opportunity.”