Out of all the 86 candidates of the 65th Miss Universe, Miss France Iris Mittenaere was crowned as this year’s Miss Universe.
In the Question & Answer portion of the prestigious pageant, the three finalists (France, Haiti and Columbia) were asked, “Name something over the course of your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that experience.” And it was Iris’s answer that won the hearts of the crowd and the judges.
She said through an interpreter, “I 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. And 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, and that you have to try again, and keep going.”
“If tonight, I am not one of the winners, I will still have the great honor of being one of the three finalists. So I think if I have failed before, but for me this is a great first opportunity,” she continued.
Miss Universe Haiti Raquel Pelissier was crowned first runner-up, while Miss Universe Colombia Andrea Tovar was named second runner-up.