Contestants embrace new Miss Universe Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, in crown, at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017.
This year, Cambodia, Laos and Nepaul competed at the Miss Universe finals for the first time ever.
Miss Philippines Rachel Peters stuns the crowd at the AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
The 22-year-old from Sedgefield in the Western Cape was one of the hot favourites going into the pageant, and outdid the top 16 comprised four entrants from Asia Pacific and Africa, four from Europe, four from the Americas and four wildcards voted for by the judges. And after 39 years, Peters has taken home the crown.
The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while Bennett finished as the second runner-up.
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"I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world".
However Miss Universe seems to have another tradition emerging-that the outgoing victor dons a certain Dubai-based designer.
Host Steve Harvey poked fun at his 2015 botched Miss Universe crowning throughout the night.
And she also managed to keep a straight face during Fergie's performance.
Her half-sister, who has a disability, is credited to be Miss Universe Nel-Peters' biggest motivation.
"As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual and Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other woman overcome their fears".