22 years old Business Management graduate Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017 beating more than 90 women from across the universe during a finale held at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Iris Mittenaere of France crowned her successor Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa at the end of the event. Outgoing Queen Iris Mittenaere of France crowned her at the end of the event.
First runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett. Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp and Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago were the other top 5 finalists.
The other contestants who made it to the top 16 were Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines and China.
It was Demi’s answer during the competition’s final Q&A round that helped her clinch the crown. She was asked about the most important issue she thought was facing women in the workplace. “In some places, women get paid 75% of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right,” she said. “I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”
The six judges of the finale were Wendy Fitzwilliam – Miss Universe 1998, Jay Manuel – television host, creative director, and makeup artist, Ross Mathews – television personality, Megan Olivi – Fox Sports 1 host and reporter, Lele Pons -Vine and YouTube personality and Pia Wurtzbach – Miss Universe 2015