Iris Mittenaere of France won the crown as the new Miss Universe to succeed the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach, ending a 64-year drought for her country.
Mittenaere was announced as the Miss Universe 2016 during the coronation at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila last Monday.
She the second from France to win the title since Christiane Martel in 1953.
During the question and answer portion, Mittenaere was asked which failure made a mark in her life and how she learned from it.
Mittenaere said she has her failures as she pursues her studies in medicine, but said she learned to keep on trying and keep going.
“I failed several times in my life… When you fail you have to be elevated and you have keep going,” Mittenaere said in French and translated by an interpreter.
She said if she would not win the crown, she would still be honored for the opportunity.
“If tonight I will not be the winner I am still honored that I’m still one of the three finalists. For me this is a great opportunity,” Mittenaere said.
Raquel Pelissier of Haiti was named first runner up, while Colombian Andrea Tovar was named second runner up.
Maxine Medina of the Philippines and Thailand’s Chalita Suansane finished in the Top 6 with Kenya’s Mary Esther Were.
USA’s Deshauna Barber, Mexico’s Kristal Silva and Canada’s Siera Bearchell comprised the Top 9.
Indonesian Kezia Warouw, Brazil’s Raissa Santana, Peru’s Valeria Piazza and Panama’s Keity Drennan made the top 13.
At 23 years old, the newly crowned queen is pursuing a degree in dental surgery.
Besides dental school, Mittenaere is also fond of extreme sports, traveling the world and cooking French dishes, according to her profile at the Miss Universe website.