Iris Mittenaere of France blows kisses to the crowd after being proclaimed the new Miss Universe 2016 in coronation Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at the Mall of Asia in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Aspiring dentist from France is Miss Universe 2016
USA’s Deshauna Barber, Mexico’s Kristal Silva and Canada’s Siera Bearchell comprised the Top 9.
Indonesian Kezia Warouw, Brazil’s Raissa Santana, Peru’s Valeria Piazza and Panama’s Keity Drennan made the top 13.
Outside, a group of French waved their flag and belted out their celebratory chant.
Scores of smiling Filipinos parted and extended their congratulations, showing their warmth and compassion by sending their regards to the new Miss Universe.
Mittenaere’s mother was among the cheering crowd who marched outside the gate jumping up while waving the French flag.
She said this was the first time for France to win the crown after 64 years.
She said she was proud that her daughter was crowned the new queen.
“I was a little bit shocked, and I felt I was dreaming. But it’s true, it’s a dream come true,” she said in an interview with reporters.
“She was gorgeous, I feel very proud of her, because she’s marvelous, fantastic, and an amazing daughter. She will be a very fantastic Miss Universe, I’m sure. She’s beautiful inside and outside,” she added.
At 23 years old, the newly crowned queen is pursuing a degree in dental surgery.
Besides dental school, Mittenaere is also fond of extreme sports, traveling the world and cooking French dishes, according to her profile at the Miss Universe website.
She said her primary advocacies are dental and oral hygiene. IDL/rga