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Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned Miss Universe 2017 at a glittering ceremony in Las Vegas on Monday morning (IST).

South Africa bested 91 other contestants during the Miss Universe 2017 grand finals held at The AXIS in Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, showed that she is a combination of beauty, grace and brains.

As many as 92 beauties from around the world took part in the decades-old competition. This year's edition had the most contestants ever.


Mittenaere has spent the a year ago in New York City living the life of a Miss Universe celebrity, after her 2016 win at the pageant that was held in the Philippines.

The 22-year-old from the Western Cape is only the second South African to win the title, following Margaret Gardiner's win in 1978. After various rounds of competition, this year's victor beat out 91 other women for the crown, and it could not have been more deserving!

Colombia was the first country to be called when four finalists from the Americas were announced-this was an innovation from the Miss Universe pageant, the candidates were divided into three regions: the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific, and Europe. Demi competed outdid everyone in several categories, including swimsuit, evening gown and a question-and-answer round. "Just know that we haven't had a Miss Universe in 39 years‚ so this one is for you".

"I$3 love to volunteer at programs that help people who are visually impaired and for children who are less fortunate", Somvichith stated on her bibliography page on the Miss Universe website. There will be musical performances from former Black-Eyed-Pea Fergie, and from Rachel Platten, best known for her 2015 hit "Fight Song".

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