Miss France, Iris Mittenaere (23), was crowned the 65th Miss Universe in the Philippines earlier today. She was crowned by the outgoing title holder, Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. She is the second winner from France and the first since 1953. Mittenaere's win is also a major triumph for Europe. The last European won in 2002 when Russia's Oxana Federova was crowned Miss Universe, but as she was dethroned, it's Europe's first Miss Universe title since 1990.
Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, was the major surprises of the night. She finished as the first runner-up and will assume the duties of Miss Universe, should then new winner be unable to complete her reign. The second runner-up was Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar.
The top 6 were completed by the delegates from Kenya (Mary Esther Were), the Philippines (Maxine Medina), and the winner of the global fan vote, Thailand (Chalita Suansane).
Miss Canada, Siera Bearchell, Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, and Miss Mexico, Kristal Silva, advanced to the top 9 before being eliminated after the evening gown round. Misses Brazil (Raissa Santana), Indonesia (Kezia Warouw), Panama (Keity Drennan), and Peru (Valeria Piazza) advanced to the 13 before being cut after the swimsuit round.
Miss Myanmar, Htet Htet Htun, was named the winner of the Best National Costume.