Iris Mittenaere

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Iris Mittenaere
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Mittenaere in 2017
Born Iris Laurence Mittenaere
(1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 25)
Lille, France
Education Lille 2 University of Health and Law
  • Model
  • television presenter
  • beauty pageant titleholder
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Title Miss Flandre 2015
Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais 2015
Miss France 2016
Miss Universe 2016
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brown
Eye color Hazel
Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais 2015
Miss France 2016
Miss Universe 2016

Iris Mittenaere (French pronunciation: ​[i.ʁis mit.naʁ]; born 25 January 1993) is a French model, television presenter and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2016 in Pasay, Philippines. She is the second Miss Universe from France after Christiane Martel, who was elected Miss Universe 1953. She previously won Miss France 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Mittenaere was born on 25 January 1993 in Lille, to Yves Mittenaere, a professor of history and geography, and Laurence Druart, a schoolteacher and lecturer. She has a brother, sister, and half-sister. Her parents separated when she was three years old.[1]

Mittenaere attended school in Steenvoorde, where she lived with her mother.[1] In 2011, she graduated from lycée with a degree in science. After graduating, she moved back to Lille, where she attended Lille 2 University of Health and Law, studying dentistry. She plans on becoming a dental surgeon after graduating.[2]



Miss France 2016[edit]

After winning the Miss Flandre title in Bailleul,[2] Mittenaere entered the Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais 2015 pageant in Orchies, which she won.[3] Mittenaere represented Nord-Pas-de-Calais at the Miss France 2016 pageant. On 19 December 2015, she was crowned Miss France by Miss France 2015 Camille Cerf in Lille.[4] It was a back-to back for the region.

During her reign as Miss France 2016, Iris Mittenaere has traveled to India, China, Italy, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Ivory Coast.

Miss Universe 2016[edit]

Mittenaere in Pasay after being crowned Miss Universe 2016.

Mittenaere competed in Miss Universe 2016 where she succeeded Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines.[5][6] Mittenaere became only the second woman from her country to win the crown after Christiane Martel won Miss Universe 1953, breaking France's 63-year title drought. Mittenaere is the first European winner since Miss Universe 2002 Oxana Fedorova of Russia, who was dethroned, and the first European titleholder to complete her year as Miss Universe since Mona Grudt of Norway who won Miss Universe 1990.[7]

In the final question and answer portion, the top three contestants were asked the same question by Harvey: "Name something over the course of your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that experience ?" and she replied:

"I have failed several times in my life. I thought I had failed my first year in medical school because my name wasn’t on the passing list. So, the very same day I went to buy a new set of medical books to keep on studying. I think when you fail, you need to stand up and keep going, we are all able to do so. If I don’t win tonight, I will still keep on smiling tomorrow because I am proud to be part of the 3 finalist. I’ve learnt a lot from my failures and happily, I did end up passing my first year of medical school."[8]

During her reign as Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere traveled to the Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, India, Egypt and numerous trips around the United States and France. Mittenaere eventually crowned her successor Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa as Miss Universe 2017 on 26 November 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[9][10][11]


After finishing her reign as Miss Universe, Mittenaere served as co-president of the jury with Jean-Paul Gaultier at Miss France 2018. She also appeared on stage with the five finalists as a part of the fashion swimsuit portion of the competition.[12]

Mittenaere began her television career in 2018, becoming a cohost of the French version of Ninja Warrior following the departure of Sandrine Quétier.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Iris Mittenaere". (in French). Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Bailleul : la Steenvoordoise Iris Mittenaere a été élue Miss Flandre 2015". (in French). 3 May 2015. Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Steenvoorde : la Flamande Iris Mittenaere élue miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais". (in French). 27 September 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Meet Miss France 2016". France 24. 20 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Mehta, Ankita. "Miss Universe 2016 winner is Miss France Iris Mittenaere". ibtimes. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  6. ^ McDermott, Maeve (30 January 2017). "Miss France Iris Mittenaere is crowned Miss Universe 2017". USA Today. 
  7. ^ "Miss France Iris Mittenaere Crowned Miss Universe 2017!". Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters wins Miss Universe 2017". ABS-CBN News. 26 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Domirez, Darren (26 November 2017). "Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters wins first Miss Universe 2017 crown for Miss South Africa in 39 years". Inquisitr. 
  11. ^ "Miss Universe 2017". Amar Ujala. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "VIDEO. Miss France: Iris Mittenaere et Jean-Paul Gaultier présideront l'élection 2018". 20 Minutes. 16 November 2017. 
  13. ^ Litaud, Emmanuelle (26 March 2018). "Iris Mittenaere, animatrice dans Ninja Warrior : « TF1 était mon objectif numéro 1" (in French). Le Figaro. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Philippines Pia Wurtzbach
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Preceded by
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Camille Cerf
Miss France
Succeeded by
Flag of French Guiana.svg Alicia Aylies
Preceded by
Camille Cerf
Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Succeeded by
Laurine Maricau
Preceded by
Aline Bourgeois
Miss Flandre
Succeeded by
Laurine Maricau