[Videos] Get to know the 65th Miss Universe, Miss France Iris Mittenaere

Miss France Iris Mittenaere has won the much-coveted crown in the 65th Miss Universe coronation event recently held at the Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City, Philppines on Monday, January 30, and it was much-deserved as expressed by the majority of online users worldwide.

All 86 candidates have put their best foot forward in this pageant and have donned their national costume, swimwear and evening wear, but only one can become the most beautiful woman in the universe 2016— and it’s the 24-year-old French model and dentistry student from Lille 2 University of Health and Law.

She is the second Miss Universe from France after Christiane Martel, who was Miss Universe in 1953, and she’s also the first European to take the crown since 2002.

She recently celebrated her birthday on the 25th of January amid the hustle and bustle of the pageant; unaware that the Miss U crown would be a belated birthday surprise five days after.

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The 5′ 8″ beauty was born in Lille, to educators Yves Mittenaere, a professor of history and geography, and Laurence Druart, a schoolteacher and lecturer.

She attended school in Steenvoorde, where she lived with her mother. In 2011, she graduated lycée with a degree in science. After graduating, she moved back to Lille, where she attended Lille 2 University of Health and Law and took up dentistry. She has expressed her desire to be a dental surgeon after graduating and as backed by her close up smile, she had been advocating for dental and oral hygiene.

Her social media accounts tell us she’s a big cook as she regularly posts photos, as well as videos, of her culinary creations.

During the pageant, she also shared her strong views on immigration and said she’s proud of France’s open borders.

“In France we want to have the most globalization that we can. We want to have the biggest exchange of people that we can. Maybe someday that will change, but now we have open borders,” she said.