Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a 22-year-old 66th Miss Universe pageant, was crowned on 26 November 2017 at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, USA.
As many as 92 women from around the world were competing for the Miss Universe 2017 title at the pageant, hosted by Steve Harvey.
"Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, hoisted the South African flag high, undoubtedly she will keep on representing the country well and add a voice to the emancipation of women here at home and across the globe", said Minister Shabangu.
The victor of Miss Universe gets a one-year contract with one of the top modeling agencies in the world, security 24/7, an apartment in NY, and performs several community acts around the globe pertaining to public health issues.
After making it to the Top 3, Peters said that her best quality that she could use as Miss Universe is her "confidence and overcoming fears".
A similar situation happened in 2014 when Jamaica's representative to the Miss Universe pageant, Kaci Fennell finished in 5th place.
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In the pageant's 66th year, almost 100 women from around the world-including first-timers from Cambodia, Laos and Nepal- took part.
Meanwhile, Laura Gonzalez of Colombia and Davina Bennett of Jamaica were crowned 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up, respectively. "And as a radio chemist, I advocate for so many children in S.T.E.M. and women in leadership positions and that's the mission of a Miss Universe".
Harvey, a five-time Emmy Award victor, mentioned the moment from when he announced the wrong victor at 2015 Miss Universe. "'I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world", she said.
Whereas there are those who are very happy that Nel-Peters won, others have been left dissatisfied with the choice of 2017 Miss Universe.
The Miss Universe Organization implemented a new mechanics for the coronation event, selecting the top 16 per continent.
This year's judges include YouTube star Lele Pons and former judge on "America's Next Top Model" Jay Manuel.