A huge congratulations to 22 year old South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters on being crowned Miss Universe 2017. She was previously crowned Miss South Africa 2017.
Last night, November 26th, the crowning aired live in Las Vegas with Steve Harvey and super model Ashley Graham as the stage and backstage hosts. The judges were Ross Mathews, Lele Pons, Jay Manuel, Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Olivi, and Wendy Fitzwilliam.
Out of 92 contestants, 91 were cut slowly but surely. The top 5 consisted of South Africa, Venezuela, Thailand, Jamaica, and Colombia. The top 3 consisted of Jamaica, Columbia, and South Africa.
Facts about Demi:
- Attained a degree in business management
- Fluent in English and Afrikaans
- Born in Sedgefield, South Africa
Quotes from Demi:
When asked, “What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?” , she said:
“As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. And Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women to overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am.”
When asked about what she thought was the most important issue regarding women at the workplace, she said:
“In some places, women get paid 75% of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right. I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”
Check out some of the other contestants representing their countries with pride at the National Costume Show:
Here are some of the contestants during the swimsuit segment:
Gown time! Check out some of the contestants posing in their fabulous gowns:
*All pictures were taken from the Miss Universe official Instagram*
Written by: Selena Cintron