What was Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere's exact answer to the Top 3 Q&A?

MANILA, Philippines - Several netizens have pointed out that Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere’s interpreter wrongly translated her final answer in the 65th Miss Universe pageant. French-speaking netizens such as French-Filipina actress Solenn Heussaff called out the French beauty queen’s interpreter for the incorrect translation.

Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere's exact answer to the Top 3 Q&A?
Miss France Iris Mittenaere and Miss Universe host Steve Harvey during the pageant's Q&A.
During the final round, the three finalists were asked the same question: “Name something over the course of your life that you failed at and tell us what you learned from that experience.”

Mittenaere answered in French which was translated in English by her interpreter.

"I failed several times in my life. So I thought I failed the first time I went out on a casting because my name wasn't on the list. And the very next day, I found out that I was in a very new [book]. So I think that when you fail you have to elevated and you have to try again and keep going. Tonight , if I'm not one of the winners, I would still have had the great honor of being one of the three finalists. So I think that I have failed before, but to me this is a great opportunity.”


Heussaff, who speaks French fluently, took notice of the discrepancy between Mittenaere’s answer and the translation.

On Twitter, Heussaff wrote: "French translator said: when i missed my first casting. But she (Mittenaere) really said '1st year of Medicine school.'"

During a post-pageant conference, the newly-crowned Miss Universe admitted that her answer to the final question was interpreted differently. Despite this, Mittenaere said her translator was very good.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach crowns her successor.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach crowns her successor. Photo Credit: Facebook/Iris Mittenaere
"When I was in my first year of medicine, the first time I didn't have my first year. And I cried a lot, and I said 'Oh my God, and I have now to do it again.' After that I saw I wasn't on the list, I go and I bought another book for medicine immediately,"Mittenaere said.

"They called me in one week after this, they said 'Actually this was a mistake. You have your first year of medicine. You succeed,” she added.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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