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South Africa Wins Miss Universe 2017


Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa bested 91 other contestants to be crowned the 66th Miss Universe during the pageant final on November 26, 2017 (November 27 in Manila) at The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Peters recently earned her degree in Business Management at North West University after making history at her high school for holding two leadership positions. Demi-Leigh’s biggest motivation comes from her half-sister who has a disability, that lives in Potchefstroom with her stepmother and father.

Complete results:

Miss Universe 2017:
South Africa – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

1st Runner Up:
Colombia – Laura González

2nd Runner Up:
Jamaica – Davina Bennett

Top 5:

Venezuela – Keysi Sayago
Thailand – Maria Poonlertlarp

Top 10:

Brazil – Monalysa Alcântara
Canada – Lauren Howe
Philippines – Rachel Peters
Spain – Sofía del Prado
United States – Kára McCullough

Top 16:

China – Roxette Qiu
Croatia – Shanaelle Petty
Ghana – Ruth Quashie
Great Britain – Anna Burdzy
Ireland – Cailín Toíbín
Jamaica – Davina Bennett
Sri Lanka – Christina Peiris

Best in National Costume:

Japan – Momoko Abe

Panel of Judges

Wendy Fitzwilliam – Miss Universe 1998 from Trinidad and Tobago
Jay Manuel – television host, creative director, and makeup artist
Ross Mathews – television personality
Megan Olivi – Fox Sports host and reporter
Lele Pons – Vine and YouTube personality
Pia Wurtzbach – Miss Universe 2015 from the Philippines

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