Miss Universe 2016: Top 6 Q&A Transcript

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Iris Mittenaere of France has just been declared Miss Universe 2016! For the Top 6's question and answer portion, Iris was asked: "Given today's worldwilde refugee crisis, do countries have an obligation to accept refugees or do they have a right to close their borders?"

And her winning answer, which she delivered in French, was:

"The country should have the right to open or close their borders. Throughout the world, people can choose to open or close their borders. In Europe, we have open borders. In France, we want to have the most globalization and we want to have the biggest exchange of people that we can. Maybe someday that will change, but now we have open borders. Having open borders allows us to travel the world and to find out more of what’s happening in the world."

As for the rest of the Top 6, read the full Q&A transcripts below:

PHILIPPINES: Maxine Medina

QUESTION: “What is the most significant change you've seen in the world in the last 10 years?”

ANSWER: “In the last 10 years of being here in the world, is that I saw all the people being in one event like this: Miss Universe. And it is something big to us that we are one. As one nation, we are all together. Thank you. Maraming salamat po.

KENYA: Mary Were

QUESTION: “What are you most excited about and what concerns you when it comes to the presidency of Donald Trump?”

ANSWER: “Donald Trump having been elected the president of the United States may not have been the choice of most people in the United States, because of the divided support system for the outgoing president, Barack Obama, who was supporting an upcoming woman president. So many people oppose [Trump’s] position, but I feel that once he took up his position, he was able to unify the entire nation.”

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THAILAND: Chalita Suansane

QUESTION: “Name a current or past world leader whom you admire, and why?”

ANSWER: “Mabuhay, Philippines. For me, that would be the King of Thailand. His Majesty has been working tirelessly in behalf of the Thai people ever since I was born. For all the Thai people, His Majesty has been a father to us.”

HAITI: Raquel Pelissier

QUESTION: “On January 21st, an estimated 4.8 million people marched worldwide for human rights, women’s rights, and other issues. If you were able to to participate, what would you have been marching for?”

ANSWER: “One of the women I admire in the world is Eleanor Roosevelt because she fought so much for human rights, and I feel like that’s what we need in the world. We are just one. A hundred thousand years ago, six species of humans lived in the world. Now, we are just one. We all need each other. We need to respect each other.”

COLOMBIA: Andrea Tovar

QUESTION: “Why do you think violence is so prevalent in today's society, and what can we do about it?”

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ANSWER: “I come from a country that does have violence, and this is my reference point. And although there are presidents who don’t get along with others, we work together to be able to unite. Campaign, respect, and inclusivity, to be able to have a social transformation that will educate our children.”

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