Iris Mittenaere gives France its second Miss Universe crown

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Iris Mittenaere on her Miss Universe victory: "I think Europe will love Miss Universe, too. I'm very proud to bring this crown in Europe."


Inabot ng 64 years bago nasundan ang panalo ng France sa Miss Universe.

Unang nanalo ang France sa 2nd Miss Universe noong 1953 nang masungkit ng dating 21-anyos na si Christiane Martel ang korona.

Sa 65th edition ng most prestigious beauty pageant sa mundo, ang kandidata mula sa France na si Iris Mittenaere ang itinanghal na bagong Miss Universe.

Gaano nga ba kahalaga kay Iris ang kanyang naging panalo?

Ayon sa 24-year-old Dentistry student, sa wikang Ingles, "I think France and Europe really need Miss Universe because there is another time you're representing as Miss Universe.

"And I think they need the Miss Universe because a lot of French people love beauty pageant, but they don't really know Miss Universe because never our country win.

"I think, this year, a lot of people will know and watch Miss Universe.

"And I think French people now will love and every year they will see and watch it on TV."

Dagdag pa niya, "I think Europe will love Miss Universe, too.

"I'm proud to bring this crown in Europe."

Ano ang kanyang unang naging reaksiyon nang tawagin ang pangalan niya bilang bagong Miss Universe?

Sagot ng French beauty queen, "My reaction was I’m very surprised because, you know, I’m always touching the crown."

Lagi raw niyang sinasabi: "Oh, my god, I have two crowns on my head! I don’t believe it."

Dagdag pa ni Iris, "It was a big surprise. Every step, every step was a surprise and I wanted to cry at every step.

"I’m very proud and I feel blessed, really, I feel blessed."


MISS UNIVERSE ADVOCACY. Sa pagharap ni Iris sa press ilang minuto pagkatapos niyang tanghalin bilang 65th Miss Universe queen, ibinahagi ng dalaga ang kanyang adbokasiya.

Bilang Denstistry student, nais daw niyang maging instrumento at inspirasyon sa mga kabataang pahalagahan ang kanilang kalusugan at edukasyon.

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Nang tanungin kung ano ang una niyang nais mapagtagumpayan bilang Miss Universe, tugon ni Iris, "I will be dentist in two years and I have one charity for learning, for teaching children to have a good hygiene.

"But now, I will represent the universe and I want to do more than that.

"I really want to bring all the children at school, this is one of my charity.

"I think this is the most important—education for every children, especially for young women.

"Because I have the chance to live in France and to go to school every morning, and I think every children should have this chance."

Maliban sa kanyang sariling adbokasiya, nais din niyang ipagpatuloy ang nasimulan ni Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach ang laban nito sa HIV.

Saad ni Iris, "I think this is perfect for a person who represents the world.

"I would really want to ask all the people to... I don't know how to say it, to get tested, yeah?

"I really want to do that because, you know, I will be dentist and this is a medical problem that I know that check-up is difficult.

"And we have a treatment, but this is not the cure.

"I really want to tell at everybody that this is a very important problem, and you have to get tested and you have to do that not just for you but for all the people that you love."


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