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Miss Universe experience was 'amazing'- Erika R. Creque

- Iris Mittenaere of France crowned Miss Universe 2016
Miss BVI Erika R. Creque with host of the 65th Miss Universe pageant, Broderick Stephen 'Steve' Harvey. Photo: Facebook
Miss BVI Erika R. Creque is stunning in her evening gown at the 65th Miss Universe pageant held in Manila, Philippines on January 29, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Miss BVI Erika R. Creque is stunning in her evening gown at the 65th Miss Universe pageant held in Manila, Philippines on January 29, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Miss France, 23-year-old dental student Iris Mittenaere, was crowned Miss Universe 2017. Photo: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA
Miss France, 23-year-old dental student Iris Mittenaere, was crowned Miss Universe 2017. Photo: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach takes her final walk on stage. Photo: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach takes her final walk on stage. Photo: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Miss BVI Erika R. Creque has described her experience at the 65th Miss Universe Pageant as “amazing.”

“This has been amazing, “she said in a Facebook post immediately following the show, on January 29, 2017 in Manila, Philippines.

Life now complete

“Our new winner is Miss France, whenever I listen to her I feel so proud…I am so happy for her,” she said, adding that, “I couldn’t find Boys to Men, but I shook their hands yesterday and told them hi. I feel pretty accomplished and I already got a picture with Steve [Harvey] yesterday, so my life is complete now.”

Boys to Men were performers at the esteemed event and American Comedian and Host Broderick Stephen "Steve" Harvey, who made headlines for the wrong reasons when he made the grave error of announcing the wrong Miss Universe last year. That crown was won by the Philippines, but this time around, Mr Harvey pointed out that he got it right.

France wins crown

Iris Mittenaere, 23, of France walked away with the Miss Universe Crown, beating some 85 women from all over the globe in a three-hour-long show in Manila, Philippines.

Raquel Pelissier, 25 of Haiti, took the first runner-up spot while Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar, 23, was the second runner-up.
"I'm very proud to bring this crown to Europe…If I am here today, it is because I am living my dreams," were some of Mittenaere’s words to members of the media shortly after being crowned.

The international pageant was previously owned by US President Donald J. Trump.

Kenya, Indonesia, USA, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Colombia, Philippines, Canada, Brazil, Haiti, and Thailand were named the Top 13 runners to the crown.

Miss Universe Organisation

The Miss Universe Organisation (MUO), according to its website, creates and advances opportunities for women around the world through its network of relationships across entertainment, fashion and philanthropy. MUO encourages every woman to challenge herself, find her unique voice, and embody the organization’s mission of being Confidently Beautiful.

The 10,000 women who participate in Miss Universe programs annually inspire others to pursue their personal and professional goals while making an impact in their communities. The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® competitions provide contestants and titleholders an international platform through dedicated partnerships with global charities, sponsors, and brands. As leaders and role models in their communities, the contestants and titleholders work to affect positive change through advocacy, fundraising, and volunteering.

28 Responses to “Miss Universe experience was 'amazing'- Erika R. Creque”

  • well done (30/01/2017, 08:16) Like (48) Dislike (2) Reply
    girl you made us proud and you did well in all your appearances. Let this be something for you to always remember.That smile,etc. A gift from above. Give thanks.We love you
    • Well Done? (30/01/2017, 10:00) Like (22) Dislike (70) Reply
      I want to know how long BVIslanders will be proud with not making the cut.....We went to the Olympics, nobody even advanced to the semi-finals, still everybody comes on here talking about how proud they are...Give me a break. Jamaica had reasons to be proud, not us.... She may have made you proud but I am certainly not proud of going all the way to the Philippines to come up empty. And if it were me, I would say the same damn thing about myself. Now Haiti, they have something to be proud about....
      • @Well Done (30/01/2017, 10:34) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
        At least people are trying. Tell me what have you done for your country (wherever that is) more than find fault and criticize others. Gosh man
        • Well Done? (30/01/2017, 11:37) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
          I've represented the Virgin Islands on several occasions, thank you very much.... And I judged myself by the same standard, thank you very much...
          • Poor You (30/01/2017, 14:52) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
            Represented the Virgin Islands on WHAT OCCASIONS and won WHAT????? NUHTTIN....Talk DAT!!! Ms. Creque could have came in last, WE STILL PROUD of her. Take your sour behind who ain't won tit and go sit down.
          • Struppes (30/01/2017, 14:55) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
            so you had your chance and did you win? Were your representations a waste of time? Are you proud of what you did or did not do. We each learn from the experience of others. Share your experience and let us put our heads together as to what we did well or what we did wrong or what we can do better at. This is called constructive criticism and not just pulling down people. Let's all work for the better good of each other and the community, be it in pageants, government, church or wherever we all rub shoulders. The one thing Virgin Islanders do very well is pull one another down
          • me (31/01/2017, 18:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            A$$ h0!€
      • @Well Done? (30/01/2017, 11:37) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
        Tell the devil you ain't see us today, tomorrow, next week or any day for that matter and take your misery elsewhere.
      • dog (30/01/2017, 21:40) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        if that is the way you feel then why is BVI spending all that money on a stadium in east end? It is called being a part of the world. It's called representing with grace and dignity. BVI is small but she represented with class. It's not all about winning.
      • Strupes (31/01/2017, 11:37) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        If you don't shut tf up... win or lose it was a great experience for those we sent. It simply means we learn for next time. If you don't want to be proud of our simple accomplishments then move tf away. Go Jamaica with your crap.
      • Yes (01/02/2017, 00:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You just salty. Check her at the airport. I'm sure she's happier than you.
  • vg boy (30/01/2017, 08:43) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    You did your best but....
  • Hmm (30/01/2017, 09:31) Like (8) Dislike (21) Reply
    The bvi people to b**min*ed. So therefore they will take a crown in anything. You see how them does treat a none bvi. So you guys want to go in another mans country and win..ut will never happen, change y'll behaviour firsr.
  • lady J (30/01/2017, 09:39) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    it was rigged Miss Haiti should have won!
    • BUT... (30/01/2017, 13:09) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      She did not answer the FINAL question... got over it, France won fair and square
  • hah (30/01/2017, 09:43) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    If only Steve Harvey could have made a mistake and mentioned the BVI.
  • ??? (30/01/2017, 09:56) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    These pageants are such a waste of our money... At some point we have to ask ourselves why we continue to do certain things. We don't ever place or even win a category, muchless stand a chance of winning... If we want exposure it may be much better to pay for a commercial on CNN during the off hours.... Sending girls to Ms. Universe over and over and over, only to come up empty every single time..... Isn't that the text book definition of Insanity?
  • ... (30/01/2017, 10:07) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess Steve Harvey didn't make any scripted blunders this time....
  • Music (30/01/2017, 11:09) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Have you not heard of the saying "its not the winning, its the taking part. Think of the individuals sense of achievement and worldwide exposure, at even taking part.
  • Yes (30/01/2017, 11:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Did steve harvey made any mistakes this time?
  • show me the stats (30/01/2017, 11:15) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
  • two cents (30/01/2017, 11:21) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    this is what happens when the people are so divided and won't support each other. The territory had the opportunity to rally behind this young lady and get her to the final stage by VOTING for her. Many might claim the BVI is too small to compete for votes, but if everyone came on board, their friends, families abroad I'm pretty sure she like Haiti, Panama, Colombia and Belize would have advanced to the final and be a real contender to the crown. She did her best, and the territory should be ashamed for letting her down!

    Instead, they prefer to say loads of negatives about each other and the "EXPATS" who they hate so much I'm also sure if they were being treated differently would have had no problem in supporting the young lady and others.
    • Get Real (30/01/2017, 16:44) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      Please get real! Ms Thailand got over 1,000,000 votes to move her into the Top 13. How are we going to compete with that? With the best of intentions? BVI population barely 25,000. Most of whom couldn't care less about Ms Universe far less to log on and vote for Ms BVI on a daily basis. I am sure Ms Creque did her best but again reality is she was wearing a weak sash. Like so many othesr of the stunning beauties from our region like Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Dominican Republic who probably did all that they could not would never be recognized when you have the likes of USA who will always always make the cut no matter what. We can continue to send a representative. It is great exposure for our young ladies, they get our name our there and if they are smart they would use the opportunity to network network network. But let's be honest, our name will never be called as a finalist anytime soon and that is just that.
  • at least (30/01/2017, 12:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Steve Harvey ain't give the crown to da wrong contestant this year lol
  • facts man (30/01/2017, 20:17) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    many of these ladies are pretty but don't ask them to think analytically or to come up with ideas and solve problems...
    • the rock says (31/01/2017, 05:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I thought only we had that problem here in the vi but man those girls showed its not only us!
  • Mrs. S (31/01/2017, 15:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dear Erika,
    A BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your achievements, grace and beauty!
    It is wonderful that the BVI is present and well represented on the world stage
    in this highly viewed and respected event.

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