Ghana's Ruth Quashie makes Top 16, South Africa wins Miss Universe 2017

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Beauty queens who congratulated Peters included Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj and Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 Katarina Rodriguez.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, edged out her rivals from Colombia and Jamaica to take the crown. "We are proud to be a part of your journey", Araneta said.

Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned during the event at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was declared the victor and Miss Colombia Laura González Ospina, first runner up. It was first worn in 2002 when Oxana Federova of Russian Federation was crowned.

After giving up her title, Pia returned to showbiz and has also been busy working with the Miss Universe Organization.

This year's competition, the 66th since inception, had the largest number of contestants in history. Nel-Peters now succeeds last year's Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere, from the Philippines.

Grammy-winning singer Fergie and pop star Rachel Platten provided the musical entertainment for Sunday's show.

Peters then advanced to the top 10 and competed for the evening gown competition.

Nel-Peters is from the South African coastal community of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province.

Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa also greeted Peters.

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After that incident, Nel-Peters chose to start training other women in personal self-defense.

Another driver saw her running and stopped to give her a ride to safety.

"I did not win but I got what I was seeking", Davina wrote on Instagram.

"I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world", she was quoted by MSN.

Police high command and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Monday praised Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett for her much talked about performance in the Miss Universe Competition.

"Making it to the top 10 is such a feat!"

For TV host Bianca Gonzalez, the 26-year-old beauty from Camarines Sur is still the Filipinos' Miss Universe.

Peters earlier entered the top 16 of the pageant as wildcard finalist, even after failing to enter the top four of the Africa and Asia Pacific group. Named best in National Costume Contest was Japan's Momoko Abe.

Although several other Miss SAs didn't win on the global stage, several of htem went far in both the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants.

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