Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017.On Sunday, 26 November. The crowning ceremony was held in Las Vegas. Miss Universe 2017 was the 66th Miss Universe pageant.
The 22-year-old is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder and is the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa, following Miss Universe 1978, Margaret Gardiner.
The business management graduate has sent local social media users into frenzy with her win, which marks only the second time in history that a South African has won the contest.
Nel-Peters said her experience being held at gunpoint made her passionate about training women in self-defence. She plans to bring that passion, along with a self-defence program she helped develop, to the Miss Universe platform.
The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica and the first runner-up was Miss Columbia.