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, 22, wants to use her reign to champion HIV/AIDS and self-defence causes, was crowned at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Many contestants start from a small age being in pageants and are fixed on the notion of competing in Miss Universe from a small age, dismissing higher education.
Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, said her disabled half-sister had been among her great inspirations.
In the pageant's 66th year, almost 100 women from around the world-including first-timers from Cambodia, Laos and Nepal- took part. "Miss Universe is one who has overcome many fears and will inspire other women too, to overcome their fears". Several judges score the women in these competitions, at their discretion, and choose the victor of Miss Universe.
Seeing natural hair recognized on an worldwide stage is more than just a step in the right direction - it's a win for women of color who unfortunately still do not see themselves represented almost enough in mainstream media and in Western-based beauty pageants.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters surely impressed the judges with her brains, beauty, and charisma during the event. "That just showed me that if women take hands and stand together, we are unbreakable and we can say no to the things that are wrong in the workplace, at home or wherever you might go".
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.
Jamaican beauty Davina Bennett was the second runner-up, while Colombian beauty Laura Gonzalez was the first runner-up.
"The Universe is not livelier with you as a shining star".
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