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Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel Peters Wins Miss Universe 2017

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel Peters Wins Miss Universe 2017

(BPCI) congratulated Peters through Binibining Pilipinas' Facebook page for a phenomenal representation of the country in this year's Miss Universe pageant.

Philippine bet Rachel Peters failed to reach the Miss Universe Top 5, ending her journey early in the competition held at The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

And hearty congratulations goes to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the victor of 2017, Contenders from Jamaica, Venezuela, Thailand and Colombia made it top five, but the South African beauty beat the others an took the crown at home. Many contestants start from a small age being in pageants and are fixed on the notion of competing in Miss Universe from a small age, dismissing higher education.

Others in the top 10 besides the eventual victor were Miss Thailand, Miss Spain, Miss Colombia, Miss Brazil, Miss Canada, Miss Philippines, Miss Venezuela and Miss Jamaica.

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Grammy-Award victor Fergie and Rachel Platten, best known for her 2015 hit "Fight Song", are scheduled to perform during the show. 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. "More than your poise and beauty, you are a cut above the rest with your grace and elegance that exemplifies a true woman of substance and an inspiring Filipina", Araneta said.

Bennett wrote on Instagram, " I stand as the first afro queen to have made it thus far, I represented my little island and I received allll the love one could possibly wish for.

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The top three finalists.

She adds, "A truly magical evening, welcome to the family Demi!"

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters becomes the second South African girl to take home the Miss Universe title after 39 years.

During the question-and-answer portion of the show, the 22-year-old was asked about what she thought was the most important issue facing women in the workplace.

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Nel-Peters developed a program called Unbreakable that trains women in self-defense.

A Good Samaritan saw her fleeing the scene and drove her to safety, and she escaped unharmed.

She believes that men and women should be paid equally. "She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for, and I think that is exactly who I am".

Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez finished as first-runner up while Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett was named second-runner up.

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