Miss U 2017: The 65th Miss Universe Highlights, Results, and Winners

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The new Miss Universe has been crowned!

The 65th Miss Universe coronation just concluded today January 30, 2017, at Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines. The event was aired live from the Philippines the evening of January 29 (ET/PT) on FOX. 24-year-old Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, is the newly-sashed and crowned Miss Universe.

Meet the 65th Miss Universe: Miss France

86 candidates representing their countries competed for the crown, with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach crowning her successor this Monday morning in her home country. The three-hour programming event was hosted by Steve Harvey, with Model, designer, and body activist Ashley Graham as Backstage Host. The coronation event also featured a seranade by four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men during the Final Look of the top 3 candidates; Grammy Award Nominee songwriter-rapper Flo Rida opened the festivities.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has now ended her reign as Miss Universe
Pia Wurtzbach takes her final walk as Miss Universe 2015 during The 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast
[Photo by Anthony Yu for Miss Universe]
 Flo Rida
[Photo by Alex Mertz for Miss Universe]
Boyz II Men 
[Photo by Anthony Yu for Miss Universe]

For the 65th edition, the judges include former beauty queens Dayanara Torres (Miss Universe from Puerto Rico), Sushmita Sen (first Miss Universe from India), and Leila Lopes (first Miss Universe from Angola); Mickey Boardman (Editorial Director of fashion and pop-culture magazine, PAPER),  Cynthia Bailey (former model and founder of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion), and Francine LeFrak (Emmy and Tony award-winning producer, social entrepreneur, women’s empowerment activist).

The crucial part of the Miss Universe competition is preliminaries, held last week. The Preliminary Competition was where the semi-finalists (top 12) are chosen through the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. After the prelims last Thursday, the candidates also paraded in their national costumes.

Hosts Derek Ramsay and Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, on stage during the 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, January 25, 2017
[photo: Tom Starkweather for Miss Universe]

 

Magdalena Cohendet, Miss Universe Uruguay 2016; Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016; Carolyn Carter, Miss US Virgin Islands 2016; Mariam Habach, Miss Universe Venezuela 2016; and Le Hang, Miss Universe Vietnam 2016; compete on stage in Yamamay swimwear featuring footwear by Chinese Laundry during the 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition
[photo: Tom Starkweather for Miss Universe]
Maxine Medina, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 competes on stage in her evening gown during the 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition
[photo: Anthony Yu for Miss Universe]

 

Raissa Santana, Miss Universe Brazil 2016 prepares backstage during the National Costume Show
[photo: Benjamin Askinas for Miss Universe]

This edition of Miss Universe also saw new competition rules. For the first time ever, the semi-finalists are grouped into a Top 13, 9, 6, and 3. Fans were also able to help their favorite contestant win to help her earn a spot in the top 12 by voting up to 10 times per day per registered account on the website (vote.missuniverse.com), the official MISS U APP, on Twitter by using #MissUniverse and the country specific hashtag found on the voting site, or by downloading the Vodi messaging app. Additionally, fans had the opportunity to continue voting during the live telecast.

Host Steve Harvey and the 86 Miss Universe contestants on stage during rehearsal at the Mall of Asia Arena
[photo: Tom Starkweather for Miss Universe]

The coronation event kicked off with the 13 semi-finalists (originally 12, with one additional candidate from the online votes), which then narrowed down to Top 9 for the swimsuit portion. It came down to Top 6 (evening gown), with the candidates participating in a Q&A round. Another Q&A round happened with the top 3, with the three candidates answering the same question. After the Final Look, the new Miss Universe was crowned.

RESULTS:

Miss Universe 2017 Winner:

  • Miss France, Iris Mittenaere 
Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach crowns Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe France 2016
[Photo by Anthony Yu for Miss Universe]

1st Runner-up:

  • Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier
Raquel Pelissier, Miss Universe Haiti 2016 during her Top 3 Final Question on stage with Host, Steve Harvey
[Photo by Tom Starkweather for Miss Universe]

2nd Runner-up:

  • Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar
Andrea Tovar, Miss Universe Colombia 2016 during her Top 3 Final Question on stage with Host, Steve Harvey
[Photo by Tom Starkweather for Miss Universe]

Top 3:

Question: "Name something over the course of your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that experience."

  1. Miss Colombia
  2. Miss France
  3. Miss Haiti

Top 6:

Top 6
  1. Miss France: Iris Mittenaere, 24
  2. Miss Kenya: Mary Esther Were, 27
  3. Miss Colombia: Andrea Tovar, 23
  4. Miss Philippines: Maxine Medina, 26
  5. Miss Thailand: Chalita Suasane, 22 
  6. Miss Haiti: Raquel Pelissier, 25

Top 9:

Top 9
[Photo: Miss Universe Organization]
Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016; Kristal Silva, Miss Universe Mexico 2016; Siera Bearchell, Miss Universe Canada 2016; Chalita Suansane, Miss Universe Thailand 2016; Mary Esther Were, Miss Universe Kenya 2016; Raquel Pelissier, Miss Universe Haiti 2016; Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe France 2016; Andrea Tovar, Miss Universe Colombia 2016; and Maxine Medina, Miss Universe Philippines 2016
[Photo by Tom Starkweather for Miss Universe]

 

  1. Miss USA: Deshauna Barber, 27
  2. Miss Thailand: Chalita Suasane, 22 
  3. Miss France: Iris Mittenaere, 24
  4. Miss Mexico: Kristal Silva, 25
  5. Miss Kenya: Mary Esther Were, 27
  6. Miss Colombia: Andrea Tovar, 23
  7. Miss Canada: Siera Bearchell, 23
  8. Miss Haiti: Raquel Pelissier, 25
  9. Miss Philippines: Maxine Medina, 26

65th Miss Universe Top 13:

  1. Miss Kenya: Mary Esther Were, 27
  2. Miss Indonesia: Kezia Warouw, 25
  3. Miss USA: Deshauna Barber, 27
  4. Miss Mexico: Kristal Silva, 25
  5. Miss Peru: Valeria Piazza, 27
  6. Miss Panama: Keity Drennan, 26
  7. Miss Colombia: Andrea Tovar, 23
  8. Miss Philippines: Maxine Medina, 26
  9. Miss Canada: Siera Bearchell, 23
  10. Miss Brazil: Raissa Santana, 21
  11. Miss France: Iris Mittenaere, 24
  12. Miss Haiti: Raquel Pelissier, 25
  13. Miss Thailand: Chalita Suasane, 22 (Top online vote)
Htet Htet Htun, Miss Universe Myanmar 2016 is announced the National Costume Competition winner at The 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast 
[Photo by Tom Starkweather for Miss Universe]

Special Award:

  • Best National Costume - Miss Myanmar: Htet Htet Htun, 24

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