Miss France was crowed Miss Universe on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle free of last year’s dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as the finalists spoke out on the refugee crisis and other hot-button global issues. Mittenaere, 24, is a Parisian native, currently pursuing a degree in dental surgery. She plans to use her Miss Universe platform to advocate for dental and oral hygiene.
During the competition’s Q&A session, Mittenaere praised France’s open borders and refugee population. “In France, we want to have the most globalization that we can, we want to have the biggest exchange of people that we can,” she told the judges.The competition’s other two runners-up Miss Haiti and Miss Colombia also made impressions on the judges. Pelissier, 24, told the audience how surviving the 2010 Haiti earthquake made her a more resilient person.
The competition’s top 13 finalists were Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Colombia, Phillippines, Canada, Brazil, France, Haiti, Thailand and Miss USA Deshauna Barber.