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

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

HO/The Miss Universe Organization/Matt Petit Former Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, right, crowns new Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at the Miss Universe pageant. AP/John Locher Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa was crowned the victor of the 66th edition of Miss Universe.

The first runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.

Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. Nel-Peters, 22, recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.

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She was crowned after beating 91 other contestants from all over the world.

She is from Sedgefield in the Western Cape.

Former Miss SA and Miss World‚ Rolene Strauss‚ congratulated her friend on the win. This year, the broadcast was hosted by Steve Harvey and modelAshley Graham, while Fergie and Rachel Platten took the stage to perform during the show. "She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am", replied Demi. "After they finished calling Asia, 'Oh my goodness, what is happening right now?'"

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"HIV/AIDS is a very big problem in my country South Africa, so I hope to stand as an advocate for that", she said before reporters after the event.

Peters consistently made it to the Top 10 and Top 5 of the home votes. Now it's time for me to do mine!

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