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Emmy® Award Winner Steve Harvey Returns to Host the Global Event

The Miss Universe Organization announced today that the 66TH MISS UNIVERSE® competition will take place live from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, on Sunday, Nov. 26 (7:00-10:00 PM ET/PT live/tape-delayed) on FOX.

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach crowns Iris Mittenaere, Miss France 2016 the new Miss Universe at the conclusion The 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast airing on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, January 29 from the Mall of Asia Arena. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

On January 29, Iris Mittenaere became the 65th Miss Universe and only the second woman from France to hold the title, bringing the crown home 64 years after her predecessor.  The youngest of three children, Iris was encouraged by her mother, a former teacher, to prioritize education.  Iris was one of only 90 students accepted into her university’s dental program, and today the 24-year-old med student is in her fifth year of a dental surgery fellowship, where she is studying to become an oral surgeon.  Iris is committed to raising awareness of the health issues that neglecting dental care can lead to, including respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease.

As Miss Universe France, Iris dedicated her time to visiting children at Bienvenue-Tongasoa, an orphanage that she will continue supporting throughout her Miss Universe reign. Iris is also working with Smile Train, a global organization that provides cleft repair surgeries for children in underdeveloped countries. The surgeries can take as little as 45 minutes and the impact is life-changing.  Iris is an avid traveler who enjoys the outdoors and extreme sports such as sky diving, paragliding and bungee jumping.  Just this past summer, Iris rode in the Tour de France and competed in Ninja Warrior France. Iris recently moved to New York City sight unseen, and as a self-proclaimed foodie is looking forward to experiencing all the cultures and cuisines it has to offer.

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Five-time Emmy® Award winner Steve Harvey returns to the Miss Universe stage, marking the third time that the multi-talented personality will host the international competition.

Nearly 100 women from across the globe will travel to compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss Universe. Iris Mittenaere from France will crown her successor at the conclusion of the live three-hour event.

The show will be airing LIVE from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood on Sunday November 26 on FOX.

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Photo credit to: The Miss Universe Organization/MUO

The AXIS at Planet Hollywood
Ranked the #1 theater venue in the US and home to the first pop music residency in Las Vegas, The AXIS showcases resident headliners Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie and Backstreet Boys.

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About The Miss Universe Organization:

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success.  MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.” MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® programs provide the 10,000 women who participate annually an international platform to affect positive change through influential humanitarian and professional efforts. The contestants and titleholders are leaders and role models in their communities, develop personal and professional goals, and inspire others to do the same. To learn more, visit www.missuniverse.com.


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