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South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017

Former Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, right, crowns new Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday

South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017. She hails from Western Cape Province and recently earned a business management degree from North-West University.

The Miss Universe pageant took place on Sunday in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica making it to the final three.

Miss Colombia, Laura González, 22, was the first runner-up. She has been preparing to be an actress since the age of 16. After graduating from a performing arts school, she moved to Bogotá to build her career. The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, 21. She is a model pursuing a degree in marketing at the University of the West Indies.

The Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, who helps train women in self-defense, unleashed a big smile when she won. Especially after the troubles she had after wining the Miss South Africa competition.

It reinforced her passion for self-defense, when she was hijacked and held at gunpoint about a month after winning her title as Miss South Africa, she said in a video on the Miss Universe website.


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