This Dubai designer took centre stage at the Miss Universe final

Camille Rivera
November 29, 2017

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa is crowned Miss Universe 2017.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, edged out her rivals from Colombia and Jamaica to take the crown.

Iris Mittenaere, the victor of Miss Universe 2016, crowned Peters at Planet Hollywood resort and casino in Las Vegas on Sunday evening in the US.

This year, Cambodia, Laos and Nepaul competed at the Miss Universe finals for the first time ever.

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.

Nel-peters has dedicated her award to South Africa. Peters-Nel helps train women in self-defence moves through a programme she started called Unbreakable. Like each year, the sparkling silver and blue gem encrusted crown was passed on to the new Miss Universe by last year's victor Miss France Iris Mittenaere.

Second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett - who works with deaf students and is working on a new sign language app. Interestingly, she was the first African woman to become Miss Universe victor.

Steve Harvey returned as the show's host despite botching the 2015 Miss Universe crowning.

Nel-Peters accepts her crown from her doppelganger, basically - Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe 2016 (and previously Miss France).

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