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Miss France is the new Miss Universe of 2016.

Iris Mittenaere, a 23-year-old dental student has won the title on Monday in the annual pageant held in the Philippines, beating 12 other finalists to take the crown.


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“I was very surprised I won, I feel blessed,” said Mittenaere who wished to advocate for dental and oral care around the world as Miss Universe.

She also wished to advocate for access to education and children’s rights.

“Miss Universe was a dream, every girl wants to be Miss Universe…the stage is amazing, everything is amazing,” she continued.

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At the same time, Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier becomes the first runner-up while Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar was declared second runner-up.

Crowned by Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines, the victory of France ended the country’s 63-year drought, the longest in Miss Universe history.

Meanwhile, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun was awarded the Best National Costume on 27 January 2017.

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