Miss France Iris Mittenaere waves after being declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila. Photo: Reuters
Miss France Iris Mittenaere waves after being declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila. Photo: Reuters
Pia Wurtzbach holds the crown as she rushes towards Miss France Iris Mittenaere after the latter was  declared winner in the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay. Photo: Reuters
Pia Wurtzbach holds the crown as she rushes towards Miss France Iris Mittenaere after the latter was declared winner in the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay. Photo: Reuters
Pia Wurtzbach places the Miss Universe crown on Miss France Iris Mittenaere  after the latter was declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila
Pia Wurtzbach places the Miss Universe crown on Miss France Iris Mittenaere after the latter was declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila
Pia Wurtzbach embraces Miss France Iris Mittenaere after the latter was declared winner in the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila. Photo: Reuters
Pia Wurtzbach embraces Miss France Iris Mittenaere after the latter was declared winner in the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila. Photo: Reuters
Miss Universe candidates pose for a picture during a red carpet inside a SMX convention in metro Manila. Photo: Reuters
Miss Universe candidates pose for a picture during a red carpet inside a SMX convention in metro Manila. Photo: Reuters

Manila - Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, 24, who said she hoped more countries would open up their borders for refugees, was crowned on Monday in the Philippines as the winner of the 65th Miss Universe pageant.

Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, 25, was named first runner up and Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar, 23, was the second runner up.

Mittenaere, born in the northern French city of Lille, is pursuing a degree in dental surgery.

Miss Universe candidate from France Iris Mittenaere competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila. Photo: Reuters

During the pageant in Manila, Mittenaere said countries had the right to close or open their borders to refugees but European countries like France had chosen to welcome refugees.

"Having open borders allows us to travel more to the world and to find out what's out there in the world," she said, in a reply that earned her a spot in the final three.

Miss France Iris Mittenaere poses after being crowned the 65th Miss Universe at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila. Photo: Reuters

In the final round of questions, Mittenaere said she had failed several times in life but always learned to keep going.

"If tonight, I will not be one of the winners, I will still have the honour of being one of the three finalists," she said. "When you fail, you have to be elevated, try again and keep going."