The 66th annual Miss Universe 2017 pageant was broadcast Sunday on Fox. Every single contestant inexplicably hailed from the same planet. The Latest on the 2017 edition of the Miss Universe pageant taking place in Las Vegas. Women representing Jamaica, Colombia, and South Africa are the last contestants on this year’s Miss Universe pageant.
The pageant on Sunday kicked off with 92 contestants. They were eliminated by stages that included geographic division, swimsuit and evening gown modeling, and a round of questions. The competition’s top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela, and China.
The Gorgeous Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Crowned as Miss Universe 2017
Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017. Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González. Second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas. Nel-Peters, 22, recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, who unleashed a big smile when she won, hails from Western Cape Province and recently earned a business management degree from North-West University. Her passion for self-defense was reinforced when she was hijacked and held at gunpoint about a month after winning her title as Miss South Africa, she said in a video on the Miss Universe website.
Demi-Leigh beat out over 90 contestants from around the globe to take the prize. Wearing a gold Anele Botha gown with about 30,000 Swarovski crystals, Demi was a firm favorite throughout the competition. But it was the question and answer part of the pageant that really sealed the deal for her.
During the competition’s Q&A portion, the newly crowned Miss Universe was asked about the most important issue she thought was facing women in the workplace.
“In some places, women get paid 75 percent of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right,” she said. “I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”
The 22-year-old, who wants to use her reign to champion HIV/AIDS and self-defense causes, was enjoying the moment at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. “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.Along with the title, Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes. She is the second woman from her home country to earn the crown.
The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett.Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also impressed the judges during the Q&A segment, answering questions on how to talk to children about terrorism and sexual harassment, respectively.Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year’s edition had the most contestants ever, including the first representatives in its history of Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal.