South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas on Sunday night, 26 November 2017. The beauty queen beat 90 contestants from around the globe to snatch the title for Africa. She is a 1.71-metre, 22-year old who hails from Sedgefield in Western Cape Province, South Africa.
The beauty queen was born on 28th of June 1995 in Sedgefield to Bennie Peters and Anne-Marie Steenkamp who are divorced and remarried now. She has a half sister, Franje, 10, who was physically challenged from birth. Nel-Peters usually says Franje is the most significant motivator in her life. Nel-Peters is the second holder of the crown from South Africa. The first was Margaret Gardiner who clinched the coveted prize in 1978.
Helping Women Overcome Fears
Demi-Leigh helps train women in self-defense and also got a degree recently in business management from North–West University. Her passion for self-defense ignited after she was attacked and held at gun point about a month after claiming her title as Miss South Africa.
After handing over her keys to the carjackers in Hyde Park, she was forced into the car by the attackers but managed to punch one of them in the throat before running away to get help.
Miss Universe 2017
Asked by Steve Harvey in the final rounds of the competition, “What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your reign as Miss Universe?”, her response was “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 women to overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever to much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am”.
Equality In Diversity
In one of the final questions answered by her during the pageant she advocated closing the gender pay gap, saying men and women should earn equally if the work is equal.
With reference to her parents being remarried, Demi-Leigh says she has four parents and she’s proud of them all. She enjoys playing golf, trail runs, hiking, and road races. she was elected as Deputy junior major of the George city council when she was in grade 11. She traveled to Las Vegas for the competition with her four parents.