Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Wins Miss Universe 2017

Anita Tucker
November 28, 2017

Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett has been declared second runner to the 2017 Miss Universe.

Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, showed that she is a combination of beauty, grace and brains.

Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition.

During the Q&A portion, the final three contestants answered the same question "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply those quality in your time as Miss Universe".

Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes.

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Nel-Peters accepts her crown from her doppelganger, basically - Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe 2016 (and previously Miss France). "I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world". After various rounds of competition, this year's victor beat out 91 other women for the crown, and it could not have been more deserving!

HO/The Miss Universe Organization/Matt Petit Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters sizzles in her yellow two-piece.

Peters extends the Philippines' placement streak in Miss Universe to 8 editions from 2010, which started with Venus Raj and culminated in Pia Wrtzbach's 2015 victory.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was declared the victor and Miss Colombia Laura González Ospina, first runner up. Model Ashley Graham will also host.

Coming back to the new queen of the universe, this South African beauty pageant and titleholder of Miss Universe 2017 is the second victor from South Africa after Margaret Gardiner in 1978. But while it was enough to get her into the Top 10 during pageant night, it wasn't good enough for the Top 5, where Thailand and Venezuela were among the finalists.

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