|Miss Universe 2016, the 65th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 30 January 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines crowned her successor Iris Mittenaere of France at the end of the event. The victory of France ended the country's 63-year title drought, the longest in Miss Universe history. Mittenaere is the first European Miss Universe in 14 years, the last being Russia's Oxana Fedorova who originally won in 2002 before being dethroned.
Misss universe is known for its different type of events which are held Alongside with the main pageant, ancillary events The contestants were scheduled to participate in fashion shows in Davao, Cebu, and Vigan. Each of the venue had a theme which differed from one another; Mindanao fabric for Davao, beachwear for Cebu, and terno for Vigan. The contestants partook in a different event in Bicol.
On December 13, 2016, some of the pageant's candidates had a photoshoot with whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu. This activity was criticized by Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Marine Wildlife Watch, and other wildlife conservationist groups in the Philippines who discourage human interaction with the whale sharks, as they are considered endangered species. The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that there were only five candidates present and the activity was an occular inspection. Following criticisms, the DOT is considering to do the whale watching activity for the final show in Donsol, Sorsogon instead.
On December 14, 2016, the DOT cancelled the fashion show originally scheduled on January 19, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City to prevent further "controversy" following the claim of local-based designers led by the Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc. (DFDCFI) that they have been "brushed off" by the pageant organizers. The group claimed that they were never consulted and questioned why they were asked to dress up local models instead of being in charge of pre-show cocktail of the main event which is tasked to non-Mindanaoan designer, Renee Salud.
The national costume show was done on January 27, 2016 which had no bearing on the preliminary scores. At the Mall of Asia Arena, all 86 contestants competed in swimwear and evening gown in front of a panel of preliminary judges. The scores from the night's event along with an interview portion determine the Top 13 during the Miss Universe broadcast. The Preliminary Competition was hosted by Pia Wurtzbach and Filipino-British actor Derek Ramsay.
The judging panel consists of known celebrity such as
Cynthia Bailey – Actress, model, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star
Rob Goldstone – Former journalist, publicist and international marketing director
Francine LeFrak – Founder of nonprofit named Same Sky and theatrical, television, and film producer
Riyo Mori – Miss Universe 2007 from Japan
Fred Nelson – President and executive producer of the People's Choice Awards
Dayanara Torres – Miss Universe 1993 from Puerto Rico
American presenter Steve Harvey has a five year contract with the Miss Universe Organization for hosting the Miss Universe pageant. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hesitation on Harvey hosting the event due to Harvey announcing the wrong winner at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. On November 3, 2016, Harvey was confirmed to return as hosted Along with the American model Ashley Graham served as the backstage host.
Performers by American entertainers Flo Rida and Boyz II Men were the musical performers at the final program of the pageant.
The twelve women who garnered the highest scores following the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competition held on January 26 and the subsequent closed door interviews, were named as part of the Top 13. The 13th candidate, Chalita Suansane of Thailand, was determined through online voting results.After the swimsuit presentation from the 13 remaining candidates, nine candidates were selected with the highest garnered average score from the judges and the global online vote.
Three were then eliminated and the Top 6 candidates proceeded to the question-and-answer portion, where they were asked questions regarding international or their country's affairs. The final three is then announced and all are asked the same question. Miss France was announced as Miss Universe 2016.
During the final program, the winner of the National Costume Show held on January 27, 2016 was announced. Miss Myanmar, Htet Htet Htun, was awarded the Best National Costume. Her costume which weighed 40 kilograms (88 lb) featured the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Bagan temples, which she says represents the princess of figures of Myanmar traditional puppetry.