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Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Crowned Miss Universe 2017

There is a new Miss Universe! Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned as the winner of the renowned beauty pageant.

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett came in second place and Miss Columbia Laura Gonzalez was the runner-up. Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere from France was the one that crowned the beautiful winner at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

After three days of preliminary interviews including  a swimsuit and evening gown presentation show, it was time for the live broadcast.

The Top 16 took part in the swimsuit competition, and later on the judges and voters online named the Top 10. Those finalists were Venezuela, USA, Philippines, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand and Jamaica.

During the evening gown portion, the Top 10 walked the stage in gorgeous dresses from top designers while Fergie performed her song “A Little Work.” The Top 5, chosen after the evening gown section, were South Africa, Venezuela, Thailand, Jamaica and Colombia.

The Top 5 were had to answer a final question. In this segment the women voice their opinions on issues such as terrorism, social media and sexual harassment. The Top 3 that advance to the final round were Jamaica, Colombia and South Africa.

In the Final Word round, the host Steve Harvey asked, “What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?”

“As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. And Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women to overconme their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am,” said Nel-Peters.

Before saying who the winner was, Harvey made reference to his infamous gaffe in 2015 when he mistakenly called out Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner, instead of Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

Harvey said to the contestants, “Be afraid. Be very afraid,” and later said named Demi-Leigh.

During the competition, the 22-year-old made a great impression with her brains, beauty and charisma, making her a favorite with the judges and audience. She told how she survived a carjacking by fighting back against her robber and used that terrifying experience to help others, and spoke out about world problems such as the pay gap.

According to her official biography, Nel-Peters “recently earned her degree in Business Management at North West University after making history at her high school for holding two leadership positions.”

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