A new Miss Universe wa crowned Sunday night in Las Vegas Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa. Honored alongside Nel-Peters were first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.
Born in Sedgefield, Western Cape, Nel-Peters is now the second Miss Universe contestant from South Africa to be crowned following Margaret Gardiner (1978).
Only 22-years-old, Nel-Peters already has many accomplishments to her name. She recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University, and is giving back to her community. After being held at gunpoint, Nel-Peters made it a point to train women in self defense something she has now become very passionate about.
During the Q&A portion of the competition, the newly crowned Miss Universe was asked what she thought was the most important issue regarding women in the workplace. She said;
“In some places, women get paid $75 of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours and I do not believe that this is right. I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world”.