Monday, November 27, 2017

Demi-Leigh Does it! Miss SA Crowned Miss Universe!!!

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a 22 year old beauty from South Africa, was crowned Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday night. She is the 66th Miss Universe and the second ever South African to win the crown after Margaret Gardiner experienced 39 years ago in 1978. Nel-Peters has been preparing for months to represent her country at Miss Universe and declined the right to take part in Miss World in favor of her participation in this pageant. She explained earlier this year it has always been her dream to win Miss Universe and South Africa's super pageant coach, Werner Wessels, was hired by Sun International, the owners of Miss South Africa, to train her for this competition. Wessels also trained Rolene Strauss, Miss World 2014, and is without a doubt one of the best in the business. 

Miss Colombia, Laura Gonzalez, finished as the first runner-up for the second time in the last three years and their fourth successive top 5 placement. Jamaica's Davina Bennett finished in third place. Keysi Sayago from Venezuela and Maria Poonlertlarp from Thailand completed the top 5. 

The delegates from Brazil, Canada, the Philippines, Spain and the United States made it to the top 10 before being eliminated. Misses China, Croatia, Ghana, Great Britain, Ireland and Sri Lanka completed the top 16. The Best National Costume award went to Miss Japan, Momoko Abe. 92 women competed for the title this year, a record number for Miss Universe. 

Congratulations to the new Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who was just absolutely perfect tonight. We are so excited to follow her reign and wish her all the best for the next year. Great job, judges, you got it right! And to Global Beauties' panel, congratulations on picking the winner! Werner, you deserve this. I am extremely proud of you. You have shown once and for all that you are the king of pageants, my friend! 


  1. I have put my faith in her, Adrei. You know that! Congratulations to all South Africans. Demi-Leigh is beyond and awesome!

  2. She is brilliant! So proud of her - this girl is true gold

  3. I am mixed with the Miss Universe 2017 competition. I hope that the MUO reads this blog. To start off, having a parade of nations where the delegates are introduced only by country and ladies names not being included to me is more of a cattle show than anything else. The Top 16 did not settle too well with me because separating the ladies by group has the possibility of someone placing during the Preliminaries very high but being eliminated because 4 delegates scored higher and then missing the wild card spot. I also hoped that the Sash Factor would be reduced to make the delegates more equal than anything else. In 2016 delegates like Kenya and Haiti placed, 2017 Sri Lanka and Kenya. I am pleased that the Swimsuit and Evening gown segments went back to 2015 where the delegates competed one at a time instead of in groups of 2 or 3!! My biggest disappointment is not seeing Sri Lanka who I found adorable not make it further, also Ireland, Great Britain, and Ghana. But seeing Jamaica excel was awesome. But I still believe that the Sash Factor was back strong by seeing Venezuela, Colombia, and others make it to the Top 10. But overall, a very strong Top 3 and even though Jamaica answered the final question the best, the best overall delegate was South Africa. Demi still is not close to Rolene in my eyes but Demi is a different lady. She won with class, inner beauty, and smarts!! Both women won their crowns using what they have from the neck up which is always great to see!! Congrats Demi!!!!