Congratulations are in order for Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, after she emerged as the winner of the 2017 Miss Universe crown on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
The 22-year-old, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
It is understood that during the competition, she wowed the judges with her brains, beauty and charisma.
The Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere from France was on hand to crown her.
The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.
The competition’s top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.
It was gathered that ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition.
This year’s edition had the most contestants ever, including the first representatives in its history of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.
Along with the title, Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes. She is the second woman from her home country to earn the crown.
During the competition, fans of the pageant submitted the questions that the final five contestants were asked.
When asked to name the most important issue women face in the workplace, Nel-Peters said the lack of equal pay.
“In some places, women get paid 75 percent of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours, and I do not believe that is right,” she said. “I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”