Miss Universe France's winning answer is even more impressive when translated better

The news has probably circled the world several times that the 24-year old beauty from France, Iris Mittenaere, won the Miss Universe 2016 beauty pageant held at the Mall of Asia Arena, Philippines.

The Dental Surgery student from Lille, France is the second contender from her country who won as Miss Universe, ending France's 63-year title drought. The last time France won the competition was in 1953, when Christiane Martel brought home the coveted crown.

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Iris won not only for her poise, beauty, and grace but also for her quick wit and intelligence which showed in her answers to the questions during the main contest.

Miss France was very articulate when she was thrown this question at the Top 9 Q&A: "Given today's worldwide refugee crisis, do countries have an obligation to accept refugees, or do they have a right to close their borders?"

Her Answer:

The country should have the right to open or close their borders. Throughout the world, people can choose to have the borders open or closed. In Europe we have open borders. In France we want to have the most globalization that we can, 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 more through the world, and to find out more about what's out there in the world.

As if that wasn't impressive enough, Iris gave another spot-on response when she was asked the final query, "Name something over the course of your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that experience."

Displaying how quick she thinks, Miss France gave this answer, as interpreted by the Miss Universe translator during the show:

I've failed several times in my life, so I thought that I failed the first time that I went out on a casting, because my name wasn't on the list. The very next day, I found that I was in a new book. So I think that when you fail, you have to be elevated, you have to try again, and keep going. If tonight, I'm not one of the winners, I will still have the great honor of being one of the 3 finalists, so I think that I have failed before, but I think this is a great first opportunity.

But a lot of netizens on social media said that her answer is even better if it was translated more precisely. Luckily, Filipino-French chef and vlogger Erwan Heussaff, was kind enough to share via Twitter, a finer translation of Miss France's winning answer.

So, here it is:

I have failed several times in my life. I thought I had failed my first year in 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 need 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 3 finalists. I've learned a lot from my failures and happily, I did end up passing my first year of medical school.

With Erwan's translation, a lot of netizens said that they now understand why Miss France won the crown. Of the top finalists, she was the most spontaneous and eloquent in her responses. More than beauty, her skill in crafting and communicating her thoughts on a whole spectrum of subjects is what she'll really need during her reign as Miss Universe.
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