Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere has started her reign!
Being named Miss Universe instantly changes a young woman’s life forever. For the gorgeous new Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere, that fact began to sink in during the moments after her crowning, when she realized that winning the most prestigious title in the world instantly transformed her from a student of dental surgery into an international celebrity. After a few moments to kick off her stilettos and relax (being photographed throughout), she was quickly whisked off to begin her year in the limelight.
Her first moments as the new Miss Universe began with a post-coronation press conference where she fielded questions from a crowd of reporters from around the globe. The press conference was followed by several individual interviews including the official “First Interview with Miss Universe 2016 in the CHI Lounge” (below) with her predecessor, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, of the Philippines. Iris handled the press conferences and TV interviews with the same confidence and relaxed charm she demonstrated on-stage before winning — despite English being her second language.
Mittenaere’s victory is seen as a boost the the pageant’s popularity in Europe which rarely sees its titleholders walk off with the prestigious title. The last time that France won the title was in 1953 when Christiane Martel was crowned Miss Universe. Ça fait trop longtemps
(All photos by Alex Mertz, ©IMG Universe LLC)
Iris Mittenaere first press conference as Miss Universe 2016
New Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere poses with dignitaries