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South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is Miss Universe 2017

- Miss Jamaica is Second Runner Up; Khephra D. Sylvester was the [British] Virgin Islands contestant
South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters waves after being crowned Miss Universe during the 66th Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. Photo: Steve Marcus, Reuters
The [British] Virgin Islands was represented at Miss Universe 2017 by Khephra D. Sylvester, who described as a free spirited individual who loves taking on challenges and learning new things. Photo: Miss Universe
The [British] Virgin Islands was represented at Miss Universe 2017 by Khephra D. Sylvester, who described as a free spirited individual who loves taking on challenges and learning new things. Photo: Miss Universe
Jamaica's Davina Bennett was placed third from a field of 92 contestants, the highest ever in the Miss Universe pageant. Photo: Jamaica Observer
Jamaica's Davina Bennett was placed third from a field of 92 contestants, the highest ever in the Miss Universe pageant. Photo: Jamaica Observer
Contestants stand on stage during the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. Photo: AP Photo/John Locher
Contestants stand on stage during the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. Photo: AP Photo/John Locher
Miss Colombia 2017 Laura Gonzalez competes during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Nov. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Getty Images/Frazer Harrison
Miss Colombia 2017 Laura Gonzalez competes during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Nov. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Getty Images/Frazer Harrison
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA- South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017 on Sunday November 26, 2017, ending a nearly four-decade long drought for her country in one of the world's biggest pageants.

Nel-Peters, a 22-year-old business management graduate, beat out 91 other candidates during the finals held in Las Vegas, USA.

South Africa last won Miss Universe in 1978.

Colombia's Laura Gonzalez, an aspiring actress, placed first runner-up, and Jamaica's Davina Bennett, a model with a marketing college degree, was second runner-up. 

The Philippines' Rachel Peters finished in the Top 10.

American comic turned TV host Broderick Stephen 'Steve' Harvey hosted the event for the third time, making several jokes at his own expense. 

In 2015 he famously made a mistake heard round the world when he announced the wrong person as Miss Universe, resulting in an extremely uncomfortable, tense correction and a deluge of internet memes.

Miss Universe BVI Khephra Sylvester

Meanwhile, the [British] Virgin Islands was represented by Khephra D. Sylvester, who is described as a free spirited individual who loves taking on challenges and learning new things.

“Stepping out of her comfort zone, she allowed her curiousity to get the best of her and ventured into the world of pageantry. Eager to make a difference as a beauty with purpose, she has pledged to always remain positive and encourage everyone she meets to be the best they can possibly be,” according to the Miss Universe website.

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