29 November, 2017
Runners-up Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez was adjudged the first runner up while Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett became the second runner-up.
After battling it out with top 92 contestants from across the world Nel-Peters was crowned the victor during the star-studded global beauty pageant that was underway at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, 26 November.
South African President Jacob Zuma congratulated Nel-Peters, the reigning Miss South Africa, saying she had made the country proud.
The new Miss Universe, during an interview question at the pageant, revealed her disabled half-sister inspires her and she is her most significant motivator. This year's edition had the most contestants ever.
She is from Sedgefield in the Western Cape. But Nel-Peters won the hearts of the judges not just with her beauty, but with her brilliant answers.More news: Malcolm Young, guitarist and founding member of AC/DC, dies at 64
The second runner-up was miss Jamaica and the first runner-up was Miss Columbia.
"I resonate with everything that the Miss Universe organisation stands for, especially empowering women across the globe".
A total of 92 women from around the world competed for the Miss Universe 2017 title.
American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey returned to the Miss Universe stage for a third time. This year's judges included YouTube star Lele Pons, former judge of "America's Next Top Model" Jay Manuel and Wendy Fitzwilliam, the 1998 Miss Universe victor from Trinidad and Tobago. Three days after people in the US celebrated Thanksgiving, Harvey told the audience he is "grateful for the Oscars", referring to the best-picture flub at this year's Academy Awards. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) (L-R) Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss Ireland 2017 Cailin Aine Ni Toibin, and Miss Thailand 2017 Maria Poonlertlarp are named as top 16 finalists during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.