Miss Universe 2017 – Miss South Africa was crowned winner at the Miss Universe beauty pageant 2017 held in Las Vegas USA.
South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
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The 22-year-old emerged winner out of the Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition.
Edging out her rivals from Colombia and Jamaica, Demi-Leigh was crowned new Miss Universe 2017 by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is a 22-year-old lady from the South African coastal community of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province who recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.
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In an interview, the new Miss Universe talked about her passion to train and enlighten young girls on self-defence -a passion driven by a near-death experience she had when she was held at gunpoint.
She plans to bring that passion, along with a self-defence program she helped develop, to the Miss Universe platform.
This year’s edition had the most contestants ever, including the first representatives in its history for Cambodia, Laos and Nepal. The fans of the pageant submitted the questions that the final five contestants were asked during the competition.
This year’s judges included YouTube star Lele Pons, former judge of America’s Next Top Model Jay Manuel and Wendy Fitzwilliam, the 1998 Miss Universe winner from Trinidad and Tobago.
Some of her high points were answers to questions pertaining to women and the society. 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.’
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