We have previously mentioned that among all the Miss Universe IMG queens, only two ladies stand out for their post-pageant careers: the first we have written about is Catriona Gray of the Philippines and the other one is Iris Mittenaere of France.
For our blogpost today, let’s take a look at what Iris Mittenaere have achieved after her reign as Miss Universe 2016!
Iris passed her crown to her successor Demi Leigh Nel-Paters of South Africa on the 26th of November 2017. The 5’7″ French beauty became first European titleholder to complete her year as Miss Universe since Mona Grudt of Norway who won Miss Universe 1990.
Her career in television began around early 2018 when she became a co-host of the French version of the Japanese show, Ninja Warrior on the French channel TF1. The show is titled Ninja Warrior — Le Parcours des Heros. Iris is currently signed with the French TV station in an exclusive contract. Then she joined the ninth season of Danse Avec Les Stars, the French version of Dancing with the Stars, where she and her partner ended as 2nd place in the season’s finale. Her time in the French DWTS catapulted her popularity with the French audience that her exposure would later be instrumental for several other public appearances and endorsements. From February of 2019, she was tapped to be the host of the Lottery Drawings and EuroMillions on TF1.
AUTHOR OF HER BIOGRAPHICAL BOOK
Iris has penned and released her first autobiography titled in Toujours y Croire : Miss Univers, Une Jeune Femme (pas) comme les Autres (in English – Always believe in yourself: Miss Universe, a young woman (un)like any other). The book was released in November 2018 with the book reflecting back on her career, from her childhood in Norde Pas de Calais to her winning the title of Miss Universe in Manila on January 30, 2017. In an intimate storytelling through the book, Iris shares her unique experience as a miss, with personal anecdotes, lifestyle tips, beauty tutorials, a few secrets and many other surprises.
"Becoming Miss France opened the doors to a stunning world for me, where no day is like the next. Becoming Miss Universe took this dream to a whole new level, propelling me into a whirlwind of travel, encounters and exceptional discoveries, a thousand places in my native North. This extraordinary journey allowed me to evolve, to get to know myself and, above all, to assert myself sufficiently to take the final step and become the woman I aspired to be." - Iris Mittenaere
LIFE AS A CELEBRITY
After her life as Miss Universe, Iris went on to establish a celebrity career for herself in France. In 2019, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of France’s top 5 digital influencers. She was also was on the judging panel of Top Model Belgium in 2019 and the brand ambassador for Morgan de toi, a French clothing brand, owned by the company Morgan SA.
Iris is also one of the few Miss Universe winner to walk the haute couture runways in a couple of Jean Paul Gaultier’ haute couture shows. The French beauty had two looks during JPG’s last couture show in January 22, 2020 after the French couturier announced closing his atelier.
A radio career is not far from the books as she has been said to have some offers to do a radio show for Chérie FM.
So far, Iris seems to be on the right trajectory. Her career is taking her further despite some bumps with her exclusive contract with TF1. But as far as her post-pageant career has gone so far, she has been doing quite well.