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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown Sunday.
The 22-year-old, who just recently earned an organisation management degree, was crowned at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.
Ninety-two ladies from worldwide participated in the decades-old competition. This year’s edition had the most entrants ever, consisting of the very first agents in its history of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.
In addition to the title, Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment or condo in New york city City throughout of her reign and more prizes. She is the 2nd woman from her house nation to make the crown.
Fans of the pageant submitted the concerns that the last 5 entrants were asked during the competition.
When asked to call the most crucial problem women face in the office, Nel-Peters said the lack of equivalent pay.
“In some locations, females make money 75 percent of what males make for doing the same task, working the very same hours, and I do not believe that is right,” she stated. “I believe we need to have equal work for equivalent pay for females all over the world.”
Nel-Peters is from the South African seaside neighborhood of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province. She assisted develop a program to train ladies in self-defense in different scenarios after she was robbed at gunpoint a month after she was crowned as Miss South Africa.
Steve Harvey returned as the program’s host in spite of mishandling the 2015 Miss Universe crowning. On Sunday, he poked fun at his error throughout the night. Three days after people in the U.S. commemorated Thanksgiving, Harvey told the audience he is “grateful for the Oscars,” referring to the best-picture flub at this year’s Academy Awards.
Grammy-Award winner Fergie performed her brand-new tune “A Little Work” while the contestants strolled down the phase using evening dress. This year’s judges consisted of YouTube star Lele Pons, previous judge of “America’s Next Top Model” Jay Manuel and Wendy Fitzwilliam, the 1998 Miss Universe winner from Trinidad and Tobago.
President Donald Trump upset Hispanics when he made anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his quote for the White House in 2015. At the time, he co-owned The Miss Universe Company with NBCUniversal, but the network and the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision rapidly cut ties with him, refusing to air the program. Trump sued both networks, ultimately settling and selling off the entire pageant to talent management business WME/IMG.