Here is Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere's winning answer

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Newly-crowned Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France (middle) showcased her humility and sportsmanship during the final Q&A portion together with Raquel Pelissier of Haiti (leftmost) and Andrea Tovar of Colombia (rightmost). 

Miss France Iris Mittenaere's winning answer during the final Q&A gave her the much-coveted Miss Universe crown.

For the final Q&A, Miss France battled it out with Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier, and Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar.

All three were asked the same question: Name something over the course of your life that you failed at and tell us what you learned from that experience?

Miss Colombia, who had an interpreter, was the first to go through the Q&A portion.

Andrea answered, "I think that many times one makes mistakes for many things.

"During moments when you may not accept someone due to their differences, do not accept them due to their sexual preference, and do not be capable of accepting their error, I think any of those experience gives you opportunity in life to have strength, and value, and principles."

Miss France, who also had an interpreter, took inspiration from her personal experience in answering the question.


Iris related, "I failed several times in my life. I thought that I failed the first time I went out on a casting* because my name is not on the list. And the very next day, I found that I was in the new book.

"So, I think when you fail, you have to be elevated. And you have to try again and keep going.

"If tonight, I’m not one of the winner, I will still have the great honor of being one of the three finalists.

"So, I think that I may have failed before, but for me this is a great first opportunity."

*Casting would later be called out as the wrong English interpretation. On his social media account, Erwan Heusaff—who has a French dad and a Filipino mom—said that what Miss France actually referred to was her medical studies.

For her part, Miss Haiti asked Miss Universe host Steve Harvey to repeat the question before giving her answer.


Raquel then answered, "About seven years ago, I survived the earthquake. I feel like I was failing myself because I was not living my dream. I was living day by day.

"And that earthquake, it was a bad event. But I chose to be a very positive person and learned a great lesson from it...

"If I am here today, its because I am living my dream. Thank you."

Miss Haiti was the only candidate among the three who did not have an interpreter.





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