LAS VEGAS – Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, made victory at Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas on Sunday. The South African became her country’s second Miss Universe in nearly four decades. The glitzy star-studded event took place at the casino’s AXIS theatre. The first runner-up for the pageant was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez. Followed by Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, as second runner-up. Read on for more.
Meet the new Miss Universe
Born and bred in the Western Cape, Nel-Peters is the second woman from SA to win the Miss Universe title after Margaret Gardiner in 1978. The 22-year-old, who just recently earned a business management degree, was among the ninety-two women from across the globe who took part in the decades-old competition.
“You feel so empowered because you are on a stage with 91 other women that are strong, that are independent, that have worked really hard,” said Nel-Peters after the show. “They are all winners; they are winners of their own countries, and to me, that was so empowering. That just showed me that if women take hands and stand together, we are unbreakable and we can say no to the things that are wrong in the workplace, at home or wherever you might go.”
Nel-Peters has among other prizes, earned herself a salary for the whole year and a luxury apartment in New York City.
Miss Universe 2017: The Affair
The 2017 Miss Universe beauty pageant took place at a casino resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, as mentioned earlier. Grammy-award winning star, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, gave a superb performance of her new song “A Little Work” as the contestants walked the stage in their evening gowns.
The affair was once again hosted by Steve Harvey, despite announcing the wrong winner for the competition back in 2015. The judges for this year’s Miss Universe included the likes of Jay Manuel, the former judge of America’s Top Model; YouTube enthusiast Lele Pons; and 1998 Miss Universe Winner from Trinidad and Tobago, Wendy Fitzwilliam.