Let’s give a round of applause for Pia Wurtzbach’s successor to the Miss Universe crown: Parisian Iris Mittenaere!
Having just turned 24 a few days ago (her birthday was last January 25), Iris got the best birthday gift in her life by winning Miss Universe 2016. Her coronation is France's second win in the pageant, the last one being 63 years ago. Another milestone for Europe: Iris is the first European to win the crown since 1990.
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Currently a student in Lille 2 University of Health and Law studying Dentistry, Iris wants to be a dental surgeon someday, which explains her advocacy for proper dental hygiene around the world. Aside from finishing her college degree, she loves to cook, and had the opportunity to cook with Chef Frederic Anton, chef of Le Pré Catelan who received his third Michelin star at the age of 43.
Iris also loves immersing herself in different sports activities, like dune buggy racing...
She also likes adventure. Proof? That one time she manned a helicopter just like Pia during her Miss Universe reign.
In spite of Iris' adventure-loving spirit, she gives importance to her family, especially her mother Laurence Druart.
We've compiled Iris' best moments in her Miss Universe journey as a candidate:
When she left for the Philippines with several suitcases...
When she showcased her Moulin Rogue-inspired national costume...
Her answer during the first round of Q&As, where she was asked about refugees and whether countries have the right to close their borders:
"The country should have the rights to open or close their boarders. In Europe we have open boarders. In France, we want to the have most globalization and the biggest exchange of people as we can. Having an open boarders allows us to travel more to the world and to find out more what’s out there in the world."
Her answer during the final Question-And-Answer portion:
When Pia passed on the crown to her after being selected as Miss Universe 2016...
Félicitations à vous, Iris!
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Banner photograph from twitter.com/missuniverse