South Africa's Nel-Peters wins Miss Universe

Oscar Cross
November 28, 2017

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters reacts as she is crowned by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters waves after being crowned Miss Universe 2017. Falling just short in the finale, the first and second runner-ups were Miss Colombia, Laura González, and Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett*, respectively.

It was gathered that ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. The contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines.

The beauty from South Africa has earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes.

"You feel so empowered because you are on a stage with 91 other women that are strong, that are independent, that have worked really hard", she said.

Hailing from Sedgefield in the Western Cape, Nel-Peters dedicated her win to South Africa.

The judges for this year's competition were Wendy Fitzwilliam, who won Miss Universe 1998, Jay Manuel, a makeup artist and TV host, Ross Mathews, a television personality, Megan Olivi, host and reporter for Fox Sports 1, Lele Pons, known for Vine and YouTube fame, and Pia Wurtzbach, who won Miss Universe 2015.

Ashley Graham, Fergie, and Rachel Platten hit the red carpet as they arrive at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant held at Planet Hollywood on Sunday (November 26) in Las Vegas.

Peters was not called during the regional announcements.

In a voice note sent to TshisaLIVE‚ the beauty queen said she hoped to make South Africa proud.

Peters consistently made it to the Top 10 and Top 5 of the home votes. This took her through to the Top 3.

The night before the contest, Peters shared on Instagram: "I've learnt so much about myself these last few days and have made many wonderful friends that no matter what happens tomorrow, I already feel like a victor!" Now it's time for me to do mine!

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