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Monday, January 30, 2017


Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines - A 24 year-old dental surgery student from Paris woo the judges and beats 85 other equally gorgeous contestants to capture the 65th Miss Universe 2016 title held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines in the morning of January 30. It took 64 years with Iris Mittenaere to bring home the elusive 2nd Miss Universe title to France the longest in Miss Universe history. France first won the Miss Universe crown back in 1953 with Christiane Martel. It also took 27 years to bring back to Europe the Miss Universe crown since Norway's Mona Grudt (Russia's Oxana Fedorova originally won the Miss Universe 2002 crown but eventually gave up the title for some undisclosed personal reasons and her first runner-up Panama's Justine Pasek took over the title. The pageant is back in the Philippines after 23 years since it last hosted in 1994 with India's Sushmita Sen as the winner.

First runner-up is Haiti, Raquel PĂ©lissier who after the pageant revealed in an interview that her grandmother on her mother side is actually Filipino. 2nd runner-up is Andrea Tovar of Colombia. The rest of the six finalists include Kenya, Philippines and Thailand. Best in National Costume went to Myanmar with her heavy puppetry ensemble while the Photogenic award goes to Albania and Congeniality went to Korea.

Steve Harvey returns as the host of the event with backstage correspondence by Ashley Graham. The Red Carpet Event is hosted by Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj who also hosted the CHI Pageant and Post Pageant Backstage Interviews (CHI by Farouk Systems is the official haircare sponsor of Miss Universe competition) and social media personality Brettman Rock.

Here's the complete result:

Miss UNIVERSE 2016 – Iris Mittenaere – France

1st runner-up  - Raquel PĂ©lissiere – Haiti

2nd runner-up  – Andrea Tovar – Colombia

Top 6 Finalists

Kenya – Mary Esther Were
Philippines –Maxine Medina
Thailand – Chalita Suansane §

Top 9 Semifinalist

Canada – Siera Bearchell
Mexico – Kristal Silva
USA – Deshauna Barber

Top 13 Quarter-finalist

Brazil – Raissa Santana
Indonesia – Kezia Warouw
Panama – Keity Drennan
Peru – Valeria Piazza

 § - Online Popular Vote Recipient; Automatic Slot In The Top 13

Special Awards:

Congeniality - Korea, Jenny Kim

Best National Costume - Myanmar, Htet Htet Htun

Photogenic - Albania, Lindita Idrizi

Final Telecast Judges:

Dayanara Torres  - Miss Universe 1993

Sushmita Sen - Miss Universe 1994

Leila Lopes - Miss Universe 2011

Mickey Boardman - Editorial Director, PAPER Fashion and Pop Culture Magazine

Cynthia Bailey - Model, Real Housewives of Atlanta Star

Francine LeFrak - Emmy® and Tony Award-Winning Producer and Activist

Preliminary Judges:

Dayanara Torres - Miss Universe 1993

Cynthia Bailey - Former Model and Founder of The Bailey Agency, Star of Real Housewives of Atlanta 

Rob Goldstone -  Former Journalist, Publicist and International Marketing Director 

Fred Nelson - President/Executive Producer of the People’s  Choice Awards

Francine LeFrak - Emmy® and Tony Award-Winning Producer and Activist

Riyo Mori - Miss Universe 2007


Steve Harvey - TV Host, Family Feud

Backstage Host:

Ashley Graham  - Model

Red Carpet Event Hosts:

Venus Raj - Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up
Brettman Rock - Social Media Personality


Flo Rida

Boyz II Men

Photo Sources:

Miss Universe Organization Inc.
Global Beauties

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