What Miss Universe Loves About Her Home Country
Iris Mittenaere is your Miss Universe 2016! The 24-year-old was born in Lille in the Nord Pas de Calais region in northern France.
Before Iris received the crown, we asked her what she loves most about her home country of France. Check out her answers, and learn a little bit more about France, below!
What makes you proud to be representing your country?
"Besides its history, its wonderful sites and cities, I'm proud so proud of my country. Being the woman who represents all the French women means embodying all the French values. It is the first country of freedom, equality and fraternity, which is also our motto since the French Revolution in 1789. I'm this elegant and independent woman with all this values, and most of all, proud to be French!"
What is something that most people don't know about your country?
"France is the world's most popular tourist destination, rich with amazing historical sites. 82 million foreign visitors are attracted by the castles, historic cities, amazing landscapes, and I am very proud to live in this beautiful country."
What is your favorite native dish from your country?
"Snails from burgundy. I love the burgundy sauce, with garlic and herbs."
How would you describe your country to someone who has never visited there before?
"France is THE romantic country, with a very strong history. They are a lot of things to do, the best places to go shopping, and we also have the best food. And by night France is just magic."