Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters emerges as winner of Miss Universe 2017

Congratulations for Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett was second runner-up and Miss Columbia Laura Gonzalez was runner-up. Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere from France was on hand to crown the winner from The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

The Miss Universe 2017 pageant took place Sunday, November 26, in Las Vegas where ninety-two women from around the world competed for the crown. The host for the pageant again was Steve Harvey, who made several jokes about his 2015 mistake, when he pronounced the wrong person as that year’s winner.

The top 5 contestants selected after the evening gown portion, were Miss South Africa, Venezuela, Thailand, Jamaica and Colombia.

Contestants were separated into three geographical categories: The Americas, Europe, and Africa and Asia-Pacific. Four women from each of those categories plus four wild card choices made up the Top 16: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, Colombia, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela, Jamaica and China.

The Top 16 participated in the swimsuit competition, and from there, the judges and voters at home narrowed the group down to 10. Those finalists were Venezuela, USA, Philippines, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand and Jamaica.
The night had its fair share of jokes from host Steve Harvey about his 2015 Miss Universe winner snafu. There were also plenty of women trying to slip the word “universe” into every sentence possible, whether it fit or not. And if nothing else, at least the three-hour broadcast allowed us to brush up on our geography. Here’s how it all went down.

Advancing to the top 3 were Miss Jamaica, Colombia and South Africa.After answering one question each, Jamaica’s Davina Bennett was made the third runner up, Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez was the second runner-up, while Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters emerged as Miss Universe 2017!

During the competition, the 22-year-old wowed the judges with her brains, beauty and charisma.

Soon after Sunday night’s show began, the 16 semi-finalists and then Top 10 were named. They went on to compete in swimwear, evening gown, final question and final look.

Before reading the winner off the paper, Harvey made reference to his headline-making gaffe in 2015 when he accidentally called out Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner, instead of Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

When he was presented with the names of the winner tonight, Harvey joked to the contestants, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Nel-Peters was a favorite throughout the night — she described how she survived a carjacking by fighting back against her attacker and used that terrifying experience to help other women, and spoke out about issues such as equal pay.