Beauty and brains — Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won Miss Universe 2017 that took place at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
It was a glamorous night where Miss Brazil killed it in a sheer red dress. Miss Thailand went for a dramatic blue gown.
As for Miss Jamaica, she dazzled in a transparent yellow dress that featured a cape.
Miss Colombia wooed the crowd in a nude-colored dress, but after all, was said and done, Miss Nel-Peters was crowned as the winner of the 66th Miss Universe pageant.
Miss South Africa will succeed Iris Mittenaere of France who bested Miss Haiti for the crown almost one year ago.
Miss South Africa managed to beat Davina Bennett from Jamaica and Miss Colombia Laura González.
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The show was hosted by Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham, while Fergie and Rachel Platten gave stellar performances.
Contestants from 92 countries and territories participated in this year’s pageant.
Some of the highlights of the soirée included Miss Universe Venezuela Keysi Sayago’s life story.
She said: “I have had an active role in the political manifestations in my country. I was not able to isolate myself from the reality and the difficult situation my country is going through and only continue with my training towards this beauty pageant and commitments with the Miss Venezuela Organization, I felt it is a responsibility as a beauty queen of Venezuela to fulfill my duty as citizen and support my people.”
Miss USA Kára McCullough revealed: “I did Army ROTC for a semester in college. That was the best workout I have ever had in my life.”
Miss Universe Puerto Rico Danna Hernández shared: “I started creating vision boards when I was 16 to help me reach my goals through the law of attraction. Because what we envision becomes a reality when we truly believe it!”
The six judges for the final telecast included:
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 1 host and reporter
Lele Pons – Vine and YouTube personality
Pia Wurtzbach – Miss Universe 2015 from the Philippines
Are you happy that Miss South Africa won?