Miss South Africa Crowned Miss Universe

Posted November 28, 2017

In response to the question, Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who was later crowned the victor, didn't flinch and took a strong stance against the harassment of women.

Canada's Lauren Howe, of Toronto, made the top 10.

Along with the title, Nel-Peters gets a yearlong salary, luxury apartment in New York City for a year and a host of prizes.

Nel-Peters won over the first runner-up, Miss Colombia Laura González, and second runner-up, Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett, for the crown. Last night she competed against 91 contestants from around the globe, the biggest number of entrants in the history of the competition.

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In the pageant's 66th year, almost 100 women from around the world-including first-timers from Cambodia, Laos and Nepal- took part.

During the question and answer portion of the competition's Top 5, Nel-Peters was asked on the most important issue being faced by women in the workplace. She helped develop a program to train women in self-defense in various situations after she was robbed at gunpoint a month after she was crowned as Miss South Africa.

Newly-crowned Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco thanked her fellow beauty queen for representing the country "with beauty and a heart". That's right: Amidst the abundance of all-too expected blowouts and straight-haired looks, Bennett proudly wore her natural hair for the world-renowned competition, and her legions fans and people of color all over the world are living for it.

In the USA, dozens of politicians, Hollywood executives and actors, and media personalities are facing accusations of sexual misconduct, sparked by a wave of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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After the show, Nel-Peters said women can empower each other to standup against any abuse. "Our Davina left her mark on the world and is an inspiration to other Jamaican young women".

She also said her disabled half-sister has been among her great inspirations.

American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey hosted the event for the third time, making several jokes at his own expense.

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