"The stunning reigning Miss Universe 2016 IRIS MITTENAERE wears a scarlet red ombré couture gown in full Swarovski crystals on her final walk during Miss universe 2017 finals in Las Vegas", he said in a message thanking Miss Universe's Esther Swann and fashion stylist Marquis Bias.
Peters, a 26-year-old half-British model and entrepreneur, said her struggle to set up her own coffee shop in one of the Philippines' surfing capitals should inspire women to pursue their dreams.
The first runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett. This year's edition had the most contestants ever. This year's competition is the biggest in its 66-year history, with 92 contestants vying for the tiara, a New York City apartment and a year-long salary.
Demi-Leigh has big shoes to fill in the aftermath of 2016 victor, Iris Mittenaere's, reign, but we're confident the judges made the right decision in choosing her to represent the Miss Universe organization. "I will do my best to show the real beauty of Cambodian women and the world will know more about our country". After various rounds of competition, this year's victor beat out 91 other women for the crown, and it could not have been more deserving!
Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017.
HO/The Miss Universe Organization/Matt Petit Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters sizzles in her yellow two-piece.
Grammy-Award victor Fergie performed her new song "A Little Work" while the contestants walked down the stage wearing evening gowns. The event aired live from The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and was hosted again by Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham. AP Photo/John Locher Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss Universe South Africa 2017 is announced as a top 16 finalist in Sherri Hill fashion during the pageant.
Former Miss SA and Miss World‚ Rolene Strauss‚ congratulated her friend on the win.