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Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is crowned Ms Universe 2017

28 November 2017

The Miss Universe pageant aired on Sunday night, crowning Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters as the victor out of over 90 contestants at the AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

A South African pageant has been crowned the world's most handsome woman in 2017 after she beat some 92 hot and dashing finalists in the 2017 Miss Universe contest.

Solenn Heussaff did not only greet Peters but also all the Miss Universe candidates, whom she called "confident and attractive women".

The victor of Miss Universe gets a one-year contract with one of the top modeling agencies in the world, security 24/7, an apartment in NY, and performs several community acts around the globe pertaining to public health issues.

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Nel-Peters, 22, wants to use her reign to champion HIV/AIDS and self-defence causes, was crowned at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Miss USA Kára McCullough of Washington, D.C. Image via FacebookBut the game-show host who famously got it wrong in 2015 will never forget how he was schooled by Miss USA in 2017.

Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, said her disabled half-sister had been among her great inspirations.

Demi-Leigh is the second Miss Universe from South Africa in the 66-year-history of the prestigious beauty contest.

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The top three candidates - Miss South Africa, Miss Colombia 2017 Laura Gonzalez and Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett - were given the same question which was read by pageant host, Steve Harvey.

Nel-Peters is from the South African coastal community of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province. "I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world".

Answering the same question, Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, said: "Sexual harassment is a form of abuse, and no abuse should be tolerated whether in the workplace or in society".

Harvey, a five-time Emmy Award victor, mentioned the moment from when he announced the wrong victor at 2015 Miss Universe.

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"The Universe is now brighter with you as a shining star".

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is crowned Ms Universe 2017