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South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, 24, of France has crowned her successor. The new queen is Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, of South Africa.

Iris Mittenaere
Iris Mittenaere

The Miss Universe 2017 grand coronation night took place on Nov. 26, Sunday, at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Peters bested 91 other candidates representing different countries and territories.

Steve Harvey, 60, returned as the host of the prestigious beauty pageant. “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 23 judge Ashley Graham, 30, was his co-host.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was one of the six judges during the final telecast. Her fellow judges were Ross Matthews, 38, Lele Pons, 21, Fox Sports 1 host and reporter Megan Olivi, 31, Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam, 45, and former “America’s Next Top Model” judge Jay Manuel, 45.

Olivi and Fitzwilliam were also among the six judges during the preliminaries. The other four were Slay Models founder and director Cecilio Asuncion, TAO restaurant group marketing director Morgan Dean, IMG Models scout Isabelle Lindblom and IDT Telecom CEO, president and co-chairman Bill Pereira.

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Both Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp, 25, and Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago, 23, made it to Top 5. However, they failed to move to Top 3 after the first round of Question and Answer portion.

Runner-up to Nel-Peters as Miss Universe 2017 was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, 22. Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett, 21, was second runner-up.

Nel-Peters is the second Miss South Africa to win Miss Universe. The first one is Miss Universe 1978 Margaret Gardiner, 58.

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