Everyone remembers Steve Harvey’s blunder at the 2015 Miss Universe competition — you know, when he totally said the wrong name and ruined the night for two different women? Well, thankfully, that didn’t happen again on the 2017 Miss Universe competition, because it would have been even more awkward a second time. Like in 2015, though, there was a winner and a runner-up, because not everyone can wear the crown. Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, is the Miss Universe runner-up of the 2017 competition.
Interestingly enough, according to the Latin Times, Pia Wurtzbach, who won the 2015 crown, has actually been ruling on the Miss Universe throne for more than a year because the 65th edition of the pageant was pushed back a bit. I think she lucked out, because she got to savor the sweet, sweet feel of that tiara for just a few months more. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and Wurtzbach gave the Miss Universe crown to Miss France, the winner at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant.
I could barely decide whom I wanted to win, so I have to imagine that it was really hard for the judges to narrow down all of those women to just one. They were all eloquent, poised, beautiful, and smart. Even though she didn't win, Pelissier should be proud.
She talked about surviving the massive earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010, and her determination and strength in overcoming such a huge disaster and the loss of some of her family members is something to be admired and revered. Pelissier may not wear the crown, but she's still a hero in millions of eyes.