Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is Miss Universe 2017


HO/The Miss Universe Organization/Matt Petit Former Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, right, crowns new Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at the Miss Universe pageant. AP/John Locher Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa was crowned the victor of the 66th edition of Miss Universe.

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned Miss Universe 2017 at a glittering ceremony in Las Vegas on Monday morning (IST). Colombia and Jamaica, stood first and second runner-ups respectively.

This year, Cambodia, Laos and Nepaul competed at the Miss Universe finals for the first time ever. This year's competition is the biggest in its 66-year history, with 92 contestants vying for the tiara, a New York City apartment and a year-long salary. And Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women to overconme their fears.

HO/The Miss Universe Organization/Matt Petit Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters sizzles in her yellow two-piece.

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Throughout the competition, the women had to hit the stage in evening gowns and bikinis, and also answer tough questions to put their intelligence on display.

Wurtzbach was one of the judges for the telecast. But while it was enough to get her into the Top 10 during pageant night, it wasn't good enough for the Top 5, where Thailand and Venezuela were among the finalists.

When Graham asked Peters how she felt about her reception, the 26-year-old model said: "I was a little nervous". You've all been incredible (it blows my mind) and you've all done your part.