Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was the star of the show at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Sunday night, coming away with the Miss Universe crown.
The 22-year-old beauty queen became the second Miss Universe winner to ever be crowned from South Africa, following Miss Universe 1978 Margaret Gardiner. Nel-Peters was awarded the crown from the 2016 winner, Iris Mittenaere of France.
When asked by host Steve Harvey, “What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?”
Nel-Peters answered, “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 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.”
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) November 27, 2017
Nel-Peters speaks two languages fluently — English and Afrikaans — and received a business management degree from North-West University.
Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez was the Miss Universe 2017 first runner-up, while Jamaica’s Davina Bennett was second runner-up. Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp and Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago rounded out the top five.
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