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Miss France crowned as Miss Universe 2017

Miss France Iris Mittenaer took her first walk as Miss Universe 2016 as she was announced the winner by host Steve Harvey at Mall of Asia Arena in Philippines. India's Roshmitha Harimurthy couldn't even make
India TV News Desk Manila January 30, 2017 9:24 IST
India TV News Desk

Miss France Iris Mittenaer took her first walk as Miss Universe 2016 as she was announced the winner by host Steve Harvey at Mall of Asia Arena in Philippines. India's Roshmitha Harimurthy couldn't even make it to the top 15.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach crowned the 23-year-old Iris Mittenaere who was born in northern French town of Lille.

Mittenaere has kept herself busy the last five years by pursuing her degree in Dental Surgery. Mittenaere has also been always fond of extreme sports, travelling the world and cooking new French dishes.

Miss Haiti was announced the first runner-up while Miss Columbia was named the second runner-up.

Mittenaere bested 85 women from all over the world to win the crown. She succeeded Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, the third Filipina to win the title. 

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The last time an Indian won the Miss Universe crown was Lara Dutta in 2000. Other Indians who won the title in the past includes Sushmita Sen in the year 1994, who was also the part of judging panel in the current edition.

"Congratulations to the new Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere of France. People of France are rejoicing. Truly, this is a proud moment for their country," presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement on Monday. 

"Iris brought tremendous joy to her people by representing France well on the international stage with her winning grace, regal bearing and inspiring answer. She has won not only the nod of the judges but the affection of the entire world as well," he added.

IANS inputs