Who Was Miss Universe 2017 Winner? Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Takes Crown

Miss Universe 2017: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa, takes the Miss Universe 2017 crown. MissUniverseOrganization

A new Miss Universe 2017 was crowned and it was Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa that is the new reigning queen of the competition. Davina Bennett from Jamaica came in third place (1st runner-up) and Laura González from Colombia came in second place (1st runner-up). 

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters recently earned her degree in Business Management at North West University after making history at her high school for holding two leadership positions. Demi-Leigh’s biggest motivation comes from her half-sister who has a disability, that lives in Potchefstroom with her stepmother and father. In her spare time, Demi-Leigh is passionate about a program she helped develop to train women in self-defense in various situations. She plans to share these workshops and help as many women as she can.

Steve Harvey was the show's main host and brought his comedic personality to the Sin City stage. Musical performances from Fergie and Rachel Platten took over and the judges of the competition were Ross Mathews, Lele Pons, Jay Manuel, Megan Olivi, Pia Wurtzbach and Wendy Fitzwilliam.

Top 5: South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters), Venezuela (Keysi Sayago), Thailand (Maria Poonlertlarp), Jamaica (Davina Bennett) and Colombia (Laura González).

Top 10Venezuela (Keysi Sayago), USA (Kára McCullough), Philippines (Rachel Peters), Canada (Lauren Howe), South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters), Spain (Sofía del Prado), Brazil (Monalysa Alcântara), Colombia (Laura González), Thailand (Maria Poonlertlarp) and Jamaica (Davina Bennett).

Top 16: Thailand (Maria Poonlertlarp), Sri Lanka (Christina Peiris), Ghana (Ruth Quashie), South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters), Spain (Sofía del Prado), Ireland (Cailín Áine Ní Toibín), Croatia (Shanaelle Petty), Great Britain (Anna Burdzy), Colombia (Laura González), USA (Kára McCullough), Brazil (Monalysa Alcântara), Canada (Lauren Howe), Philippines (Rachel Peters), Venezuela (Keysi Sayago), Jamaica (Davina Bennett) and China (Roxette Qiu).

Laura González, Miss Colombia, ended up as 1st runner-up. She is from Cartagena de Indias has been preparing herself to be an actress since the age of 16. After she graduated from a performing arts school where she studied acting, she moved to Bogotá to kick start her career. Since taking the risk to pursue acting, Laura has worked to develop herself in theater, short films and TV. Aside from acting, Laura enjoys relaxing activities such as Yoga and Pilates. Laura hopes with her experience in front of an audience, she will be confidently crowned the next Miss Universe.

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Davina Bennett, Miss Venezleua, came in as second runner-up. She is pursuing a degree in marketing at the University of the West Indies. Upon acquiring her Bachelor's Degree, she would like to utilize her degree to leverage her marketing business as well as successfully brand herself as an entrepreneur. Davina is passionate about giving back and throughout her modeling career, she gained valuable experiences that paved the way for the Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf. She created the foundation to train and inspire models who are deaf, but it has now grown to include a wider cross section of Jamaica's deaf community. If Davina takes home this year's crown, she would like to continue to working with the deaf community to help break the stigma of hearing loss.

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.