Iris Mittenaere beat 85 other hopefuls in the finale in the Philippines in the 65th edition of the three-hour show that focused on diversity and empowering women to overcome the struggles of life, according to Reuters.
"I was very surprised I won, I feel blessed," said the 24-year-old, whose competition profile had described her goal as advocating for dental and oral hygiene if she won.
Haiti's Raquel Pelissier was the first runner-up, while Andrea Tovar of Colombia placed second runner-up.
"Miss Universe" is an annual beauty contest, which involves winners of national competitions. After the victory, the owner of the crown signs a one-year contract, after which she travels the world with the advertising purposes.