· Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017 on Sunday at the pageant held in Las Vegas.
· Nel-Peters beat out the first runner-up, actress Laura Gonzalez of Colombia and Davina Bennett of Jamaica second runner-up who made it to the final with Miss Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.
· The top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.
Nel-Peters, 22, comes from Western Cape Province, she recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.
Nel-peters is engaged with training women in self-defence which was inspired by a situation that happened a month after winning Miss South Africa title where she was hijacked and held at gunpoint.
She is particular about the self-defence program and hopes to expand it via the Miss Universe platform.