Newly crowned Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss South Africa 2017. She emerged as the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa, following Miss Universe 1978 Margaret Gardiner.
Added to that, she’s the 5th African model winning the Miss Universe title.
Note: Other African countries that have won the coveted crown includes: Leila Lopes of Angola(2011),Namibia in 1992 and Botswana in 1999 respectively.
Below are 5 interesting things you should know about Nel-Peters.
1. Nel-Peters was born on 28 June 1995 Sedgefield, Western Cape to Bennie Peters and Anne-Mari Steenkamp.
2. Her half-sister, Franje, has physical disability, and Nel-Peters says that she is the most significant motivator in her life.
4. Nel-Peters began her pageantry career while competing in the Miss South Africa 2017 competition. Representing Western Cape, Nel-Peters was declared the winner of the competition.
5. As Miss South Africa, Nel-Peters was given the right to represent South Africa in both Miss World 2017 and Miss Universe 2017, but due to the dates of the pageants coinciding, she was sent to solely Miss Universe, held in Las Vegas, Nevada.