15 things to know about Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier

1/31/2017 6:46 AM | Updated as of 1/31/2017 11:00 AM
by: Joan Leary

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Miss Haiti Raquel Pélissier became the first runner-up for Miss Universe 2016 that was held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City yesterday, Janauary 30. Although she did not win the crown, she was a crowd favorite because of her heartfelt answer during the Q&A.

In her previous interviews, she revealed that she’s “part Filipino” on her mother’s side. She also liked to learn the culture of the Philippines. Aside from this, there’s a lot more to learn about her.

She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision

Raquel moved to Madrid where she attended Complutense University in 2011. She is hoping to find a cure for blindness.

She speaks several languages

Raquel speaks English, French, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and German.

She does crossfit and Muay Thai and loves aerial dancing





She’s an island girl and loves coconuts








She’s a hands-on aunt to her nephew Tony




She’s a survivor

In the last Question and Answer portion, Raquel shared how she survived the earthquake that hit Haiti seven years ago when she fell into a coma.


She’s an equestrian

She joined another pageant before joining Miss Universe 2016

Raquel is the 3rd runner-up in the Reina Hispanoamericana 2016 in Bolivia. She also won the title of Miss Sports Patra




Her favorite place in the Philippines is Baguio

She shared during her previous interview that she liked Baguio because it’s in the mountains and has a beautiful landscape.



She trained in Colombia for the pageant


She loves her country so much

The reason why she joined pageants is to give back to her home country Haiti.



She inspires young women who want to become a beauty queen like her



She is a runway model

Raquel walked in the Dominican Fashion Week 2016



She loves Pia Wurtzbach too


She’s a good sport

Right after Pia Wurtzbach crowned Miss France Iris Mittenaere as the new Miss Universe, she posted their photo on Instagram and gave her a heartfelt message.


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