South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned as Miss Universe 2017, becoming the first Miss South Africa to take this prestigious title since Margaret Gardiner won in 1978.
Nel-Peters 22, beat out first runner-up, Miss Colombia – Laura González and second runner-up, Miss Jamaica – Davina Bennett for the crown on Sunday night in Las Vegas, United States of America.
In her acceptance speech Demi-Leigh said she was both proud and humbled to have won and that her dreams had become a reality.
She said: “I resonate with everything that the Miss Universe organisation stands for, especially empowering women across the globe.
“I have always tried to be the example of the change I want to see in the world, and this platform will give me the opportunity to make a difference. I hope I have made South Africans proud and that I will continue to do so during my reign.”