Miss SA 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe at a glittering ceremony in the United States during the early hours of yesterday.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown on Sunday night, November 26. It was first worn in 2002 when Oxana Federova of Russian Federation was crowned.
Former Miss South Africas Cindy Nell, Liesl Laurie, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Kerishnie Naicker took to Instagram to applaud the new Miss Universe. Nel-Peters now succeeds last year's Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere, from the Philippines.
"She has hoisted the South African flag higher and continues to inspire many young women who look up to her to reach even higher for their dreams", he said.
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Peters then advanced to the top 10 and competed for the evening gown competition.
Nel-Peters is the second South African beauty queen to win the Miss Universe crown after Margaret Gardiner in 1978.
After the show, Nel-Peters said women can empower each other to standup against any abuse. She cited recent covers for Sports Illustrated and Vogue (both of which she's appeared on) as examples of how the fashion and beauty industries are steadily catching on about the need for more body diversity.
Another driver saw her running and stopped to give her a ride to safety.
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During her Q&A session, Nel-Peters condemned the continued discrimination of women in the workplace, saying in some places women are paid "75 percent of what men earn for doing the same amount of work". "I forced my way out and ran as fast as I could into the traffic to get help", said Nel-Peters.
"I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world", she was quoted by MSN.
The People's National Party (PNP) congratulated Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett on her achievement on the global stage. The fourth and fifth spot were rounded out by Thailand's Maria Poonlertlarp and Venezuela's Keysi Sayago respectively.
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This year's Miss Universe was a bit different from the previous ones as it featured 92 contestants from around the globe - the largest number of contestants in its history.
The top 16 was composed of four girls from the continents of America, four from Europe, and four from Asia, Africa, and Pacific, plus four "wild cards".
The final question was, "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality in your time as Miss Universe?"
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