Minister Susan Shabangu Congratulates Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters for Winning Miss Universe

South Africa wins Miss Universe 2017

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While a majority of South Africans were showering Nel-Peters with praises and congratulating her after her win, some, including highly opinionated South African poet Ntsiki Mazwai, think Miss Jamaica should have won. "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". It has since been kept by the Miss Universe Organization after switching to the crowns by Diamond Nexus Lab and the Diamond International Corporation.

LAS VEGAS-South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters took the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas during the 66 Anniversary of the Miss Universe Pageant.

After Manushi Chhillar's victory at the Miss World 2017, India had pinned high hopes on Shraddha, 21, a media graduate, to end India's 16-year drought as Lara Dutta had last brought back the crown in 2000.

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The current Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere from France, crowned her successor to a din of squeals and cheers.

This years the judges judging the Miss Universe contestants included YouTube star Lele Pons, Jay Manuel former judge of America's Next Top Model and Wendy Fitzwilliam, the 1998 Miss Universe victor from Trinidad and Tobago, while Grammy-Award victor Fergie to performed her song, "A Little Work" at event while the contestants walked down the stage wearing evening gowns.

Nel-Peters teaches self-defense courses for women inspired by her own experience.

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Nels-Peters was considered a frontrunner for the title after also being crowned Miss South Africa 2017 earlier this year.

The competition's top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.

Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary and a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign as well as more prizes. Her runner-up is Colombia's Laura Gonzalez. Jamaica's previous top ten placements at Miss Universe included Sandra Foster (1989), Kimberly Mais (1991) Christine Straw (2004) and Nicole Haughton (1999).

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