Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is the first Miss South Africa to take the Miss Universe title after Margaret Gardiner in 1978.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned during the event at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
The woman representing South Africa has won the Miss Universe crown. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Sunday during the event that took place at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. (Nov. 27)
Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017.
Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Nel-Peters, 22, recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.
During a pre-taped interview, the Western Cape native talked about how her experience being held at gunpoint made her passionate about training women in self-defense. She plans to bring that passion, along with a self-defense program she helped develop, to the Miss Universe platform.
During the competition’s Q&A portion, the newly crowned Miss Universe was asked about the most important issue she thought was facing women in the workplace.
“In some places, women get paid 75% of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right,” she said. “I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”
Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also impressed the judges during the Q&A segment, answering questions on how to talk to children about terrorism and sexual harassment, respectively.
“Sexual harassment is a form of abuse and no abuse should be tolerated whether in the workplace or in society,” Bennett said. “I believe that men and women should come together and be professional.”
The competition’s top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.
— Wayde van Niekerk (@WaydeDreamer) November 27, 2017
— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) November 27, 2017
Congratulations to Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel Peters @DemiLeighNP on being crowned #MissUniverse 2017. Thank you representing us with distinction and flying our flag high 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/nXZIYsal8W
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) November 27, 2017
Dear South Africa 🇿🇦
While we were sleeping #MissSouthAfrica WON and was crowned Miss Universe 2017 👑
— Karabo Mokgoko 🦄 (@Karabo_Mokgoko) November 27, 2017
— GREAT GRACIOUS (@GreatGracious) November 27, 2017