Las Vegas – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22 from South Africa crowned as Miss Universe 2017 on Sunday. The 22-year-old who is a business management degree holder, was crowned at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Nel-Peters hails from the South African coastal community of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province.
Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez became first runner up while Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett secured the position of second runner up. Ninety-two women from around the globe took part in the years old competition. This year’s edition had the most contestants ever, including the first representatives in its history of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal. Nagma Shrestha who represented Nepal in Miss Universe was exited from the first round.
When asked to term the most important issue women facing in the workplace, Nel-Peters told the lack of equal pay. “In some places, women get paid 75 percent of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours, and I do not believe that is right,” she said. “I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”