MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A 23-yr-previous dental scholar from France gained the Miss Universe crown Monday in a pageant held within the Philippines, saying her triumph will make the sweetness contest extra widespread in Europe and assist her efforts to place extra underprivileged youngsters in class.
Iris Mittenaere from Lille metropolis in northern France buried her face in her palms in shock and pleasure because the outgoing winner from the Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, topped her and the gang erupted in cheers on the packed Mall of Asia Area by Manila Bay.
Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, a 25-yr-previous survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner-up, whereas Miss Colombia, 23-yr-previous industrial designer and photographer Andrea Tovar, was second runner-up.
As he closed the ceremony, the host, American comic Steve Harvey, quipped, “I received it proper,” referring to his mistaken announcement of Miss Colombia because the winner in final yr’s pageant in Las Vegas. He was roundly criticized for the embarrassing error.
“One factor I discovered in life, whenever you make a mistake, you gotta carry on shifting ahead man, that’s all,” Harvey stated.
In her farewell remarks as outgoing winner, a smiling Wurtzbach thanked Harvey for making her “the preferred Miss Universe.” Harvey, laughing, thanked her for making him the “most well-known” Miss Universe host.
Mittenaere’s victory was the primary by a French contestant in additional than 60 years.
“I feel France and Europe actually need a Miss Universe” after failing to win the crown for therefore lengthy, she stated at a submit-pageant information convention when she was requested how her countrymen would obtain her victory.
The competition has not been as in style in France as in different nations, she stated, however “French individuals will like it now and yearly they are going to be watching Miss Universe.”
“I’m very proud to convey this crown to Europe,” she stated.
Mittenaere stated her victory would additionally assist cheer French individuals following terrorist assaults in recent times. “We’d like excellent news in France and I feel this is excellent information,” she stated in response to a query from The Related Press.
Mittenaere stated she would focus throughout her reign on serving to all youngsters, particularly women, attend faculty.
Pellissier stated surviving Haiti’s quake, which officers in her nation estimated killed greater than 300,000 individuals and displaced greater than 1.5 million others, and her pageant success underscored her rise…