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Miss Universe 2016: Top 3 Q&A Transcript

'Name something in your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that experience.'
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ICYMI, Iris Mittenaere of France is the new Miss Universe! But before she claimed the crown, Iris and the rest of the Top 3 contestants, Andrea Tovar of Colombia and Raquel Pelissier of Haiti, had an opportunity to give their final word on the same topic: "Name something in your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that experience."

Here are their answers:

COLOMBIA: Andrea Tovar

ANSWER: "I think that many times, one makes mistakes for many things. During moments when you may not accept someone due to their differences, to not accept them due to their sexual preferences, and to not be capable of accepting their error, I think any of those experiences gives you an opportunity, strength, and value, and principles."

FRANCE: Iris Mittenaere

ANSWER: "I failed several times in my life, so I thought that I failed the first time that I went out on casting because my name wasn't on the list. And the very next day, I found that I was [booked]. I think that when you fail, you have to be elevated, and you have to try again and keep going. If tonight, I am not the winner, I will still have the great honor of being one of the three finalists. So I think I may have failed before, but for me this is a great first opportunity."

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Editors' Note: We saw tweets from our February 2017 Cosmo cover girl Solenn Heussaff (who's fluent in French, btdubs), and she said the translator made a mistake! She tweeted:

"French translator said: when I missed my first casting. But she really said 1st year of Medicine school."

"Mas maganda sagot ni Miss France without the interpreter. So she won on her own. Not because of the translation."





Solenn's brother Erwan Heussaff tweeted his translation, saying, "Since everyone is asking..."

"I failed several times in my life. I thought I failed an exam during my first year of 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 have 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 three finalists. I've learned a lot from my failures and happily, I did end up passing my first year of medical school."

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HAITI: Raquel Pelissier

ANSWER: "About seven years ago, I survived the earthquake. I felt like I was failing myself, because I was not living my dreams. I was living day by day. And that earthquake was a bad event, but I chose to be a positive person and learn a great lesson from it because if I am here today, it is because I am living my dreams."

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