Manila: After beating 85 of world’s most beautiful women at an event in Manila, Iris Mittenaere has been crowned Miss Universe here on Monday.
The French dental surgery student was crowned in a televised event that was scheduled for primetime viewing in the US, the news agency reported.
In the final question session, Miss France, who edged out Miss Haiti the first runner up, remarked that the world borders should be opened all the time for global refugees and migrants.
“In France we want to have the most globalisation 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,” Mittenaere said.
“Having open borders allows us to travel more through the world and to find out more about what’s out there in the world.”
Miss Kenya, another finalist, said Donald Trump’s presidency “may not have been the choice of many people” and divided the United States.
She also spoke out in support of former US president Barack Obama and said she backed Hillary Clinton to be America’s first woman president.
“I feel once he took up his position, he was able to unify the entire nation,” said Mary Esther Were, 27.
Miss Colombia appeared to allude to Trump when asked why violence was prevalent in the world.
“Although there are presidents who don’t get along with others, we work together to unite. Campaigns, respect and inclusivity to be able to have a social transformation that would educate our children,” said Andrea Tovar, 23.
Last year, Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey mistakenly awarded the Miss Universe title to Miss Colombia, which was later corrected by Harvey and he apologized on air to Wurtzbach and Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez.
“Steve, I never got to thank you but thank you for making me the most popular Miss Universe,” Wurtzbach told Harvey at the opening of show. Harvey this year got through the closing moments of the ceremony smoothly.