Miss South Africa is Miss Universe 2017

29 November, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • Meet Miss Universe 2017: South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Messages of congratulations continue to pour in for Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters after she won the 66th Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood hotel-casino in Las Vegas late Sunday (early Monday morning South African time).

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters says that she's humbled and proud to be crowned Miss Universe.

Iris Mittenaere, the victor of Miss Universe 2016, crowned Peters at Planet Hollywood resort and casino in Las Vegas on Sunday evening in the US. "To represent the country means the universe to me", Peters told Steve Harvey after her name was announced as one of the wildcard finalists.

Nel-peters has dedicated her award to South Africa. She helped develop a program to train women in self-defense in various situations after she was robbed at gunpoint a month after she was crowned as Miss South Africa. "She is a woman that nothing ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am", she said, paving her way to the crown. Laura Gonzalez from Colombia was the runner-up while Davina Bennett from Jamaica came third.

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Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the competition.

Grammy-Award victor Fergie performed her new song "A Little Work" while the contestants walked down the stage wearing evening gowns.

"As Miss Universe, you have to be confident in who you are".

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