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Who is Miss France at Miss Universe 2021? Favourite fails to make top 5

Molly Young December 13, 2021
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Miss Universe 2021 was crowned on 12 December in Israel, with Harnaaz Sandhu of India winning the title at the international beauty pageant. You can’t please everyone, though. Despite all the great performances, some fans were disappointed their favourite contestants failed to secure top spots.

Who is Miss France in Miss Universe 2021 and what position did she place? We also meet the newly crowned Miss France 2022, who won the national title on 11 December.

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Who is Miss France at Miss Universe 2021?

Clémence Botino represented France in Miss Universe 2021, the 70th edition of the annual beauty pageant, which was presented by Steve Harvey.

The competition was held in Israel and resulted in Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India, taking the crown on 12 December (13 December 12am GMT).

Born on 22 January 1997 in Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe, the French model and beauty pageant titleholder is 24 years old.

For her national costume at the competition, Botino paid tribute to American-born French legend Josephine Baker, who was an entertainer, French resistance agent and civil rights activist as well as the first black woman to star in a major motion picture.

Miss Universe France 2021 graduated from Sorbonne University (DNM) with a master 1 in history of art in 2018.

You can find out more about her on social media via @clemencebotinooff where she frequently shares content about herself, friends and family.

Fans believe French favourite was snubbed from top five

While France’s Clémence Botino managed to secure a spot in the top ten at Miss Universe 2021, she failed to make the final five.

With India taking first place as the 70th Miss Universe winner, Miss South Africa, Lalela Lali Mswane, became the first runner up with Miss Paraguay, Nadia Ferreira, the second runner up.

Some fans of Miss Universe France were disappointed by the top five results, which saw Columbia’s Valeria Maria Ayos Bossa at number four and Philippines’ Beatrice Luigi Gomez fifth.

Clémence Botino was placed eighth and, although this was seen by some as a fantastic achievement, other viewers were unhappy with the result.

Some viewers even took to Twitter to express their emotions, with some suggesting Miss France should have made it into the top five.

Who was crowned Miss France 2022?

Amid all the Miss Universe 2021 commotion, France also hosted their national beauty pageant, which is held annually in December.

The election for 2022’s Miss France saw 24-year-old Diane Leyre win the title. She was born in 1997 and lives in the Greater Paris Metropolitan Region.

Over on Instagram, @dianeleyreoff has a huge following of more than 527k followers with a feed full of model photographs of herself.

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As reported by the Independent, the newly crowned Miss France 2022 is a feminist and wants to show critics of the contest you can be both Miss France and a feminist.

Outside pageant events, Diane Leyre graduated from IE University with a bachelor in business administration and management in 2020, as per her LinkedIn profile.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.