Miss France Wins Miss Universe 2017: Steve Harvey Crowns (Correct) Winner

If you tuned into the Miss Universe competition on Sunday hoping that host Steve Harvey might, well, pull a Steve Harvey, you’re probably wishing you could get the last three hours of your life back.

Hosted once again by the mustachio’d king of Family Feud, this year’s ceremony featured musical performances from Flo Rida and Boyz II Men.

Steve Harvey was joined by Ashley Graham, popular model.

The panel of judges included The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Cynthia Bailey, Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman and producer Francine LeFrak, as well as Miss Universes 2011, 1994 and 1993.

Though all 86 international hopefuls gave the competition their best shot, there can only be one Miss Universe — well, one at a time, anyway — and the latest is… Miss France, Iris Mittenaere.

Iris Mittenaere, 24-year-old woman from Paris has won the Miss Universe 2017 competition.

She is pursuing a degree in dental surgery, beat off 85 hopefuls on Monday following a three-hour show in the Philippine capital.

"I was very surprised I won, I feel blessed," said Mittenaere after winning the 65th edition of the annual competition.

On the Miss Universe website, the student had said she wanted "to advocate for dental and oral hygiene" if she won.

"Miss Universe was a dream, every girl wants to be Miss Universe...the stage is amazing, everything is amazing," Iris said.

Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake, was named first runner-up of the competition while Miss Colombia, 23-year-old, Andrea Tovar, was announced the second runner-up.

However, the possible mistranslation of Miss France's answer to the final Miss Universe question has spurred controversy on Twitter, where some users are saying Iris Mittenaere — who was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday — was misquoted.

When many people think of Miss Universe, they picture sexy swimsuits and sparkly evening gowns fit for royalty. Yet the pageant also includes a personality interview, a segment that gives viewers a chance to learn more about the contestants as people.

In a pageant previously co-owned by Donald Trump and one criticized for sexism, racism and body-shaming, the competition's personality interview matters.

(Mirror, DW, MIc, Yahoo)

 

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