South Africa wins Miss Universe 2017

Posted November 28, 2017

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.

Solenn Heussaff did not only greet Peters but also all the Miss Universe candidates, whom she called "confident and handsome women".

The victor goes home with a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes.

Nel-Peters developed a program called Unbreakable that trains women in self-defense.

Each of the three contestants was asked a final question that finally determined the victor of Miss Universe 2017.

This year's edition of the Miss Universe pageant has separated contestants by geographic region for the first time.

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The two runner-ups are Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica. Harvey announced the victor as Miss Colombia, but Miss Philippines was the one who earned the crown.

Demi-Leigh plans to share these workshops and help as many women as she can, according to the official Miss Universe website. Several judges score the women in these competitions, at their discretion, and choose the victor of Miss Universe.

The crowning of Nel-Peters evoked mixed reactions across the world and from different countries that had their own top contenders in the competition.

Steve Harvey returned as the show's host and thank goodness, this time Steve Harvey read out the correct name, after the embarrassing gaffe in 2015 where he called out the wrong victor. "'I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world", she said. Jamaica's previous top ten placements at Miss Universe included Sandra Foster (1989), Kimberly Mais (1991) Christine Straw (2004) and Nicole Haughton (1999). She has hoisted the South African flag higher and continues to inspire many young women who look up to her, to reach even higher for their dreams.

This year's judges include YouTube star Lele Pons and former judge on "America's Next Top Model" Jay Manuel.