South Africa Beauty Queen Crowned Miss Universe 2017

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· Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017 on Sunday at the pageant held in Las Vegas.

· Nel-Peters beat out the first runner-up, actress Laura Gonzalez of Colombia and Davina Bennett of Jamaica second runner-up who made it to the final with Miss Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

· The top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.

Nel-Peters, 22, comes from Western Cape Province, she recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.

Nel-peters is engaged with training women in self-defence which was inspired by a situation that happened a month after winning Miss South Africa title where she was hijacked and held at gunpoint.

She is particular about the self-defence program and hopes to expand it via the Miss Universe platform.