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South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters wins Miss Universe 2017

The last time South Africa has won the pageant was during Margaret Gardin's reign in 1978.

BY GARY ANN LASTRILLA

Twitter: @iamgaryann

FRESH SCOOPS

11/27/2017 12:08 PM
South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters wins Miss Universe 2017


 

South Africa got their second Miss Universe win as their representative Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was hailed Miss Universe 2017 live in Las Vegas, USA and simultaneously aired in the Philippines on Monday morning, November 27. 

Besting out 92 contestants from all over the world, Demi-Leigh, during the final question and answer portion, was asked, "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?"

She answered, "As Miss Universe, you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. A 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 is asked for and I think that is exactly who I am."

The last time South Africa has won the pageant was during Margaret Gardin's reign in 1978. 

Meanwhile, Colombia's Laura Gonzalez won first runner-up and Jamaica's Davina Bennett as second runner-up.

Prior to that, representatives of Thailand and Venezuela also made it to the top 5 and a special recognition was given to Japan for winning in the national costume competition. 

Philippine bet Rachel Peters finished in the top 10 of the pageant. 

READ: Philippines' Rachel Peters finishes in the top 10 of Miss Universe 2017