Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere overlooking the Eiffel Tower from her balcony at the Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysses
When Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere returned home to Paris middle of last week, it was kind of symbolic as she is also bringing back the crown last won by Christiane Martel of France some 64 years ago. In the same light, she also did the same for the entire continent of Europe since the last time was in 2001 with Oxana Fedorova of Russia – but a short-lived reign at that since she was stripped of the title. So if we really had to cite a completed reign, that would have to be Mona Grudt of Norway last 1990.
Anyways, Iris is thrilled to be back in France. And you can definitely see her excitement in the three videos below. Please watch.
The first is from her Homecoming Press Conference
courtesy of Hot Topics
Now this is her first guesting on French TV with host Jean-Pierre Pernaut
courtesy of Le Meilleur de la Télévision
And lastly, here is Iris during an interview with Europe1
courtesy of Europe1
Iris walking the side streets of Paris for a photoshoot
The Miss Universe Homecoming in Iris Mittenaere’s native Lille
Iris waving to the crowds in Lille
Mona Grudt and Carole Gist celebrate their 25th Anniversaries as Miss Universe and Miss USA, respectively
MU1990 Mona Grudt (left) and 1st Runner-Up Carole Gist
25 years ago, Norway captured its first-ever Miss Universe crown courtesy of Mona Grudt (who eventually went on to become a judge in Miss Universe 1994 held here in Manila
). Her First Runner-Up then was the tall Carole Marie Gist who is also looking at celebrating her Silver Anniversary as Miss USA. FYI, she is the first African American woman to ever win the national crown.
Let’s now watch their triumph as the last two women standing during the 1990 Miss Universe held at the Shubert Theater in Los Angeles, California.
courtesy of Vids for Beauty Pageant Lovers
If we are to consult the list of Miss Universe titleholders, it’s not hard to tell which continent has not claimed the crown for the longest time now.
– North America is the most recent with Olivia Culpo winning last year in Vegas and Ximena Navarrete in 2010, also in Sin City.
– Africa is the next recent with Leila Lopes wresting the title back in 2011.
– South America’s last winner was Stefania Fernandez who was elected in the Bahamas last 2009, with her fellow Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza also topping the 2008 edition.
– Asia comes in next with Riyo Mori of Japan defeating all delegates during Miss Universe 2007.
– The Carribbean’s latest was 2006 in Los Angeles. That was the time Zuleyka Rivera captured top honors.
– As the world’s largest nation-continent, Australia grabbed their latest crown in 2004 with Jennifer Hawkins.
– Europe is the cellar-dweller when Oxana Fedorova of Russia was proclaimed winner in 2002. That victory wasn’t fully consummated, though, after she was dethroned and Justine Pasek took over. So in terms of full reign, Mona Grudt of Norway was the last European to complete one year.
So what’s the sense in all this?
Simple. Continent-wise, it is high time for Europe to win Miss Universe once more. And with Moscow hosting the current competition (the last – and only other European host was in 1973 when Athens led and our Margarita Moran won), don’t you think they rightfully deserve to snatch the Diamond Nexus Lab diadem? Or are you of the leaning that Miss Philippines Ariella Arida should be the one, being that the country’s last win was also in Europe?