Why Miss France Was the Winner of Miss Universe
This past Sunday, in an unusually tense international climate, Miss France took home the Miss Universe title for the first time in 64 years, in the process becoming the first European winner since 1990. The event’s new format, with 13 semifinalists and a revamped lineup of question topics, was allegedly meant to give more importance to the contestants’ character and personality. In the end, it was 24-year-old Frenchwoman Iris Mittenaere who emerged as the winner of the 2017 edition.
Born in the northern French city of Lille, Mittenaere is studying to be a dentist, and while I believe she has what it takes to play a positive role as the reigning Miss Universe, I couldn’t help but pause when I heard her declare that, in the event of victory, she would dedicate her efforts to… raising oral and dental hygiene! Clearly other contestants were able to touch more meaningful chords with their answers, such as Miss Haiti, who instantly established herself as the people’s favorite.
Topics on which contestants were asked to comment upon included the ongoing refugee crisis and the uneasy political climate following the US elections. The eventual winner seemed to skirt the question, replying, somewhat vaguely, that France’s borders are currently open.
Mittenaere was nevertheless stunning on the catwalk, where she dazzled with her elegance and was clearly the best-dressed for both the “regular” appearance and the final performance.
Once the finalists were named, only one question remained: would it come down to personality? Or would the scale once again tip towards the classic stereotype of beauty? In the end, Miss Universe proved that it still is, after all, a beauty pageant, rewarding appearance above all else.
Basking in the glow of her title, the newly-crowned Miss Universe revealed her plans for the future, stating that she intends to travel the world in an effort to promote child education, with a special focus on little girls.
I must say that, although my heart was with Mexican contestant Kristal Silva, the Frenchwoman had been my favorite to win all along. Still, after hearing Miss Haiti and Miss Kenya speak the way the did, I found myself thinking that inner beauty should really be given more importance, as those two young ladies were truly gorgeous inside and out!