Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017.
The 22-year-old business management graduate walked away from Sunday night’s competition victorious, beating out Miss Colombia Laura González and Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.
The women competed in a number of categories, including swimsuit, evening gown and a question-and-answer period.
The top five (South Africa, Venezuela, Thailand, Jamaica and Colombia) were asked about a variety of topics, from sexual harassment to the impact of social media.
The final three were asked about the quality they are most proud of.
Bennett listed her drive and determination, including her foundation that spreads awareness for the deaf community.
González listed her passion.
“With compassion, I put my whole self in every situation that I work in,” she said via a translator.
“I’ve done this as an actress, I’ve done this as Miss Colombia and I have no doubt I’ll do this as Miss Universe.”
Nel-Peters acknowledged her confidence as her best quality, saying that Miss Universe “is a woman that’s overcome many fears” and one who is also able to help others do the same.
Kara McCullough, the U.S. representative, made it to the Top 10 before being eliminated.
Nel-Peters won a year-long salary, a luxury apartment in New York City and more prizes.