Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017.
Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned during the event at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
The 22-year-old beauty queen ended the 39-year title drought of South Africa. Demi-Leigh is only the second South African to take home the crown after Margaret Gardiner (1978).
On Bellable Prediction list published on Saturday we correctly selected 6 out of the final Top 10 with Miss USA, Miss Colombia, Miss Thailand, Miss Venezuela, Miss Brazil and Miss Philippines.
Miss USA, Kara McCullough, one of the favorite, did not make it to the Top 5 and Miss Venezuela, the perennial favorite, with Keysi Sayago, had to settle with a Top 5 placement.
Since 2014 Miss Colombia has one first place, two second places and one third place. Including the infamous 2015 moment when show’s host gave the crown to Miss Colombia to seconds later announce it was a mistake and crown Miss Philippines.
Steve Harvey returned as the show’s host despite botching the 2015 Miss Universe crowning. On Sunday, he poked fun at his mistake throughout the night. Three days after people in the U.S. celebrated Thanksgiving, Harvey told the audience he is “grateful for the Oscars,” referring to the best-picture flub at this year’s Academy Awards.
Last year, Iris Mittenaere from France was crowned when the pageant took place in the Philippines.
Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year’s edition had the most contestants ever, including the first representatives in its history of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal and it was Iraq first participation in 45 years.