India’s jinx at Miss Universe continues, French beauty crowned (Intro Roundup)

Miss France, 23-year-old dental student Iris Mittenaere, walked away the victor of the 2017 Miss Universe.
After shining at the preliminaries, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina gave it her all during the grand coronation on Monday, January 30.Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier and Andrea Tovar from Colombia emerged as the first and second runner-up.Finally, just as he was about to announce the victor (the final three included Miss Colombia, Miss France and Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier), Wurtzbach arrived on stage with a comically thick pair of reading glasses.Sushmita Sen: Bollywood actress, philanthropist and champion of women’s rights in India; founder of I AM Foundation; and first-ever Miss Universe from India. Two years later, in 1956, Carol Morris from Iowa won the pageant, giving the United States its second title.Entrants from Panama, Colombia, Philippines, Kenya, Indonesia, USA, Mexico, Peru, Canada, Brazil, Haiti, France and Thailand are still in the running to win this year’s crown.The official Miss Universe contestants visited the province for the swimsuit presentation held at J Park Island Resort and Waterpark.”It is even more symbolic this year as we mark the 70th year anniversary of diplomatic ties between France and the Philippines. I feel blessed, really”, Mittenaere later admitted in a press conference.

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The last time France won the Miss Universe pageant was in 1953 when Christane Martel brought home the title.”Miss Universe was a dream”. But after being crowned as the new Miss Universe, she understands her reach is now wider. “Be kindhearted, believe in moral values, have confidence in myself, but also admit my flaws, that is the way to work on myself and become confidently attractive”. “Her win is our success as the host nation”, Teo said. Mittenaere said, “The countries should have the right to open or close their borders”.Miss Mittenaere said she wants to represent her country and make it proud, and it is high-time to do so because France, once the most sought out vacation spot in the world, became one of the most unsafe places to travel because of a series of terrorism attacks that claimed 246 lives over the course of 18 months.It wasn’t just the hard and tricky question she got from the organisers.She said she is happy to bring the crown back to Europe.”Yes, it’s been a long year and if I learned anything is that if you make a mistake, you keep on going”, he said in his opening monologue.Sushmita Sen, 1994 Miss Universe and one of the judges in this year’s 65th edition, noted that the Q&A portion often decides the victor.