Rachel Peters finishes in Top 10 of Miss Universe 2017

Shraddha Shashidhar

Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition.

"Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, hoisted the South African flag high, undoubtedly she will keep on representing the country well and add a voice to the emancipation of women here at home and across the globe", said Minister Shabangu.

Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary and a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign as well as more prizes.

Miss USA Kára McCullough of Washington, D.C. Image via FacebookBut the game-show host who famously got it wrong in 2015 will never forget how he was schooled by Miss USA in 2017.

This year's edition of the Miss Universe pageant has separated contestants by geographic region for the first time.

Our Miss Universe posted the above picture with Bennett on her Instagram page saying, "On paper she's second but in our hearts she is number one!"

In an interview with Fox News, Graham criticized Miss Universe and its American counterpart, Miss USA, for not featuring a single curvy contestant in their 60-plus-year runs.

Winning first runner-up was Colombian actress Laura Gonzales Ospina.




Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, won the event and will take over for Iris for the coming year.

"She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for".

Seeing natural hair recognized on an global stage is more than just a step in the right direction - it's a win for women of color who unfortunately still do not see themselves represented almost enough in mainstream media and in Western-based beauty pageants.

TV host Steve Harvey redeemed himself this year after the 2015 blooper in which he named the wrong contestant as the victor.

More than 90 women from around the world are set to take the stage in the Miss Universe pageant.

The Minister said also that, "she displayed poise, confidence and the true Jamaican spirit during the show".

This year's judges include YouTube star Lele Pons and former judge on "America's Next Top Model" Jay Manuel.

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