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Mrs. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Tebow biography: 13 things about Miss Universe 2017

Mrs. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Tebow, 24, is the wife of former National Football League quarterback Tim Tebow, 32. They got married at the La Paris Estate in Cape Town, South Africa on January 20, 2020.

Tim is from Jacksonville, Florida, United States while Demi-Leigh hails from the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. They were engaged on January 9, 2019 when she accepted his proposal at his family farm in Jacksonville.

While Demi-Leigh was born on June 28, 1995 in Sedgefield, Western Cape to Bennie Peters and Anne-Marie Nel Steenkamp and grew up in the Garden Route, Tebow was born on August 14, 1987 in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines and grew up in Jacksonville. Demi-Leigh is close to her stepmother Elzabé Peters and her stepfather Johan Steenkamp.

Anne-Marie is an interior designer and a landscaper while Johann is in the building industry. They live in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Based in Sedgefield, Bennie is the owner of the Sunset Manor Guest house in Potchefstroom while Elzabé is a clinical psychologist. Their daughter Franje Peters, who was born in 2007 and had cerebellar agenesis, died on May 4, 2019.

Demi-Leigh met Tim when she and Franje attended a charity event in South Africa called Night to Shine, a Tim Tebow Foundation initiative that hosts special prom nights for children with special needs. Get to know more about the former NFL star’s wife here:

  1. She attended Outeniqua High School in George, Western Cape and was the first girl in her high school to be chosen as head girl of both her school and her hostel.
  2. When she was in Grade 11, she was elected as the Deputy Junior Mayor of the George City Council.
  3. Representing George, she competed in Miss Teen South Africa in 2010 and finished in the Top 5.
  4. She was crowned Miss Diaz 2012.
  5. After winning Miss Varsity Cup of the Potchefstroom campus of North-West University, she became the Miss Varsity Cup 2015 national winner at Shimla-Park in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.
  6. A model who is 5’7″ tall, she worked part-time for Vision Management in Cape Town and Boss Models in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa while studying at North-West University.
  7. In 2016, she learned self-defense, which she used months later to escape from armed men who carjacked her while driving in South Africa.
  8. In 2017, she launched a global initiative called Unbreakable, which provides training to women to arm them with the mental and physical ability to fight off attackers.
  9. In March 2017, she graduated from North-West University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship.
  10. On March 26, 2017, she was crowned Miss South Africa 2017 at the Sun City Superbowl in Rustenburg, South Africa besting 25 other semi-finalists.
  11. On November 26, 2017, she was crowned Miss Universe 2017 at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA making her the international beauty pageant’s second winner from South Africa following Margaret Gardiner who was crowned in 1978.
  12. She looks up to former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Miss South Africa 1994 Basetsana Kumalo and Miss South Africa 2002 Cindy Nell and is a fan of Enya, Adele and Taylor Swift.
  13. She loves making handmade cards for her loved ones, scrapbooking, playing around with makeup, trying new hairstyles, spending time outdoors, hiking, trail runs and road races.

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