The Miss Universe pageant just concluded today, and there is a new Miss Universe in the form of France’s Iris Mittenaere!
Miss Haiti’s Raquel Pelissier won as first runner-up, who gave an emotional answer in the finals’ Q&A portion.
I wish I could reply to everybody . I couldnt go that far if it wasnt for you. I wanna thank everyone who followed my journey and supported me . Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent our beloved Haiti . My dream was to show the world that Haiti is Here and Haiti is worth it!! I feel so blessed to acheive that today???????????????? #iamhaiti #haitianpride #haiti #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverso #misshaiti #65thmissuniverse #misshaitiuniverse #missuniverse2016
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But did you know that Raquel is actually part Filipina? Her great-grandmother is of Filipino descent!
So in a way, we can probably say that she’s made her Filipino ancestors proud with her win.
Raquel holds a masters degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision, and can speak five languages — English, French, Spanish, German, and Haitian Creole!
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