France's Iris Mittenaere crowned Miss Universe; India’s Roshmitha out of top 13


Miss France Iris Mittenaere was crowned the Miss Universe 2017 at the pageant held at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier and Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar were the first and second runners-up, respectively. Outgoing Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of Philippines did the honours.

Mittenaere, 24, is a Parisian native, currently pursuing a degree in dental surgery. She plans to use her Miss Universe platform to advocate for dental and oral hygiene.

Miss India Roshmitha Harimurthy, however, couldn’t make it to the list of top 13 and was out of the competition. The competition's top 13 finalists were from Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Colombia, Phillippines, Canada, Brazil, France, Haiti, Thailand and Miss USA Deshauna Barber. Beauty queens from 86 countries from across the globe participated in the annual pageant.

Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey, who shot to notoriety for initially announcing the wrong winner last year, returned as the host for this year`s three-hour pageant. The talk-show host started out by poking fun at his last year’s blunder.

"I know what you're thinking, ‘Is that the guy from last year? Did they bring back the guy from last year?'" he joked. "When you make a mistake you just have to keep moving forward."

This time, Steve conducted the show without a hitch.

Roshmitha looked no less than a diva when Steve Harvey announced her as one of the judges and she flaunted her positive smile in golden outfit even if Indian girl couldn’t make it to the next round.

It’s been 16 years since India won the Miss Universe title. Lara Dutta, now an actress, was crowned back in 2000, while Sushmita Sen won the title in 1994. Sushmita, who was crowned in Philippines itself, returned to the pageant as one of the judges this time.