Clemence Botino (Miss Universe Organization Photo)

Miss France Clemence Botino has revealed she cried all day after she was tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Israel where she will compete at the 70th Miss Universe Pageant.

“I’m writing because I have been crying all day. This morning, they called me to say that I was positive. I was shocked and sad, it is truly hard,” she said on Instagram Nov. 29.

She said the first thing she did when she found out she was positive was called her family.

“They have been really supportive. It is not easy to deal with all of that while being far from home. But MUO is here to help and to take care of me,” Botino added.

Miss France was reportedly taken to self-isolation by ambulance.


Reports also said that Botino might miss the Miss Universe pageant on Dec. 12 (Dec. 13 Manila time).

Unconfirmed reports Miss France hugged delegates from Albania, Bahamas, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama when she arrived in Israel.

The news broke out amid reports that Israel has banned foreigners from entering Israel due to Omicron, a variant of COVID-19.

But the government of Israel gave the Miss Universe 2021 competition an exemption, saying the popular event will promote the Middle East country around the world.

Botino’s complete post on IG:

Botino, 24, has a license in history. She is a hard-working student who believes that school and education are keys to success. After two years of literary preparatory class, she entered the prestigious university of la Sorbonne in Paris. Today she pursues her Master’s degree in History of Art. Clemence supports a few causes.

She is a member of Les Bonnes fées, a French association that helps women who suffer from precariousness and disease. She is also concerned about the notion of oral transmission, tradition, and cultural heritage. As a historian, she sees elders as living archives and figures out how to give them a voice through radio, social media, and tv shows.


Clemence is passionate about culture; she is curious, friendly, and always positive. She works with cultural organizations in France to make history accessible and fun. She has developed lately a real passion for the rum industry. As an island woman and a rum ambassador, she thinks that we must encourage youth to learn more about the local economy.

She considers the French rum as a luxury product that must be known at the international level. It is also a male-dominated field, so she wants to show that there is nothing that women cannot do. She has a profound bond with her family and her island Guadeloupe.