Miss Universe 2017 Winner Crowned in Las Vegas

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The woman representing South Africa has won has won the Miss Universe crown. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned Sunday during the event that took place at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters reacts after being crowned Miss Universe during the 66th Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood hotel-casino in Las Vegas

The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez. The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.

 

Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year’s edition had the most contestants ever.

 

The 22-year-old Nel-Peters has earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes.

 

Last year, Iris Mittenaere from France was crowned when the pageant took place in the Philippines.

 

The pageant aired live in the U.S. on Fox.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP; Reuters
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