South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters wins Miss Universe 2017

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED November 27, 2017 01:01 pm
Photo from Nel-Peters' Instagram account

(Inside Manila) Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned as Miss Universe 2017 among the 92 candidates that graced the pageant stage on November 26, Sunday (US Time) at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Nel-Peters surpassed Jamaica's Davina Bennet and Colombia's Laura Gonzales, who won second runner-up and first runner-up respectively.


Introducing the winner of the 2017 #MissUniverse Competition...South Africa! Congratulations Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters!👑

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The 22-year-old beauty queen impressed the judges when she answered the question regarding the biggest issue facing women around the world is.

"Women earn 75% of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours and I do not believe that is right. I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world," she answered.

This secured her a spot in the top 3 of the competition.

She had gone through the final question and answer portion, where she was asked the same question as the two other contenders: "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 individual and Miss Universe is a woman who has overcome many fears and by that, she is able to help other women overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am," she said.

Nel-Peters is the second South African Miss Universe following the victory of Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

Meanwhile, Philippines' Rachel Peters finished in the top 10 of the competition.



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