Iris Mittenaere, 22, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais was last night crowned Miss France 2016, succeeding the reigning Miss France Camille Cerf who also held the title of Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
Mittenaere beat her nearest rivals, first runner-up Miss Martinique and second runner-up, Miss Tahiti, to win the title at the 69th Miss France contest, which was broadcast live from the northern city of Lille.
Miss Provence and Miss Reunion were named third and fourth runners-up respectively.
A brunette beauty standing 172cm tall, Mittenaere is in her fifth year of dental surgery and proclaimed herself a passionate advocate in the “fight for the education of girls”.
Representatives from French channel TF1, TV viewers and a jury led by fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier that included singers Patrick Fiori, Kendji Girac and Anggun, rugby player Frédéric Michalak, actress Laetitia Milot and Miss France 2009 Chloé Mortaud, were tasked with choosing five finalists from 12 regional contenders, aged from 18 to 24. Viewers alone then selected the next Miss France.
Popular French personality Jean-Pierre Foucault presented the contest, which was based around the theme of dreams. A statement from TF1 described the show as “chic, elegant and glamorous, but also a show everyone could enjoy”.
Ten former holders of the Miss France title appeared on the show, unveiling their childhood dreams. The former winners also offered their take on how to embody the ideal qualities of a beauty queen, borrowing from a mixed bag of female motifs including the superwoman, pirate and cheerleader.
Last year’s competition attracted 8.6 million viewers, or 41 percent of the share of the evening's television ratings, putting it well ahead of rival programmes.
This article was adapted from the original in French.
Date created : 2015-12-20