Miss South Africa Is Crowned Miss Universe

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Congrats to 2017 Miss Universe winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who was representing South Africa.

The 2017 Miss Universe competition was held on Sunday night at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Steve Harvey returned to the stage as a host for the third time. Performances included Fergie and Rachel Platten.

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned Miss Universe after impressing the judges throughout the competition.Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is 22 and just recently earned her degree in business management from North-West University. She won over first runner-up Miss Colombia, Laura González, and second runner-up, Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett.

During the question and answer portion of the competition, the newly crowned Miss Universe talked about how she believes that women getting paid only 75% of what men get paid for the same number of hours is unfair. She also discussed in an interview how she is inspired to teach women self-defense after being held at gunpoint herself.

The competition’s top 13  finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela, and China.

Watch the crowning moment below: