An African is crowned Miss Universe
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22 who has a business management degree from North-West University, got a little bit heavier on Monday with a crown placed on her head weighing 411g. It would have to be with 311 pcs of diamonds, 198 pieces of blue sapphire, 5 pieces of blue topaz, 33 pieces of crystal and 220 grams of gold for the icing on top. That’s a lot of bling!
More about Demi-Leigh, who also happens to be a self-defense trainer who started a program called Unbreakable which trains women in self-defense, a campaign to empower women, in physical and emotional strength. All that training luckily came in handy when Demi-Leigh, was robbed at gunpoint but survived the hijacking of her car in June of this year right after being crowned Miss South Africa. It was reported that the thieves made out with her cell phone in Hyde Park. Demi-Leigh, told police she escaped a kidnapping by punching one of her three attackers in the throat. She was frantic according to the police, visibly shaken she describes a story of her ordeal.
“I saw them approaching me, three to my left and another on the other side, and I knew by their eyes what they were coming to do. I was petrified but prepared for what was coming. I had at least three guns pointed at me. I climbed out of the car but they told me to climb back in because I was coming with them,” She said to the police.
“He was dazed after my punch so he pushed me into the car. I forced my way out and ran as fast as I could into traffic to get help.” She added, a little more composed
The Miss Universe with all of its pomp and circumstance hosted by an American stand up comedian, turned producer, actor and TV host Steve Harvey hosted the event for the third time for its 66th Miss Universe pageant. It was a close decision according to the judges. With over 90 contestants, Demi-Leigh beat 1st runner-up Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the 2nd runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett. This year’s show had Laos, Cambodia, and Nepal send in their first representatives in a filed with the most contestants ever.
Demi-Leigh used her victory speech to pay tribute to her disabled half-sister, who inspired her to reach for the crown, vowing to use her newfound fame to advocate for an HIV cure. Along with a nice comfortable one year salary, Miss Nel-Peters will also get a luxury apartment in the big apple, New York City with gifts sprinkled on her throughout the year.
Demi-Leigh home country of South Africa showing her lots of love including Minister in the Presidency for Women Susan Shabangu has called on South Africans to celebrate Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, at the same time, President Jacob Zuma has also congratulated Nel-Peters.
Zuma saying. “The nation is immensely proud of her…”
The ANC Youth, saying “That her victory is a celebration for the entire country and the continent….”
The competition’s top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela, and China.
You can follow Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, on her official Twitter page @DemiLeighNP
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- An African is crowned Miss Universe
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- disabled half-sister
- empower women
- Minister in the Presidency for Women Susan Shabangu
- Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez
- Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett
- Miss South Africa
- Miss Universe
- North-West University
- physical and emotional strength
- President Jacob Zuma
- robbed at gunpoint
- self-defense trainer
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