WATCH: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters takes first walk as Miss Universe 2017


Posted at Nov 27 2017 12:55 PM

MANILA – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa became emotional as she was crowned Miss Universe 2017 by her French predecessor, Iris Mittenaere, in Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

Nel-Peters, a 22-year-old business management graduate, ended a nearly four-decade drought for her country in the international pageant. 

South Africa last won Miss Universe in 1978.

Here’s a look at her crowning moment and first walk as Miss Universe 2017:


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Colombia’s Laura Gonzalez, an aspiring actress, placed first runner-up, while Jamaica’s Davina Bennett, a model with a marketing college degree, was second runner-up.

The Philippines’ Rachel Peters finished in the Top 10.