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Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017.

Nel-Peters won first place over runner-up Miss Colombia, Laura González, and second runner-up Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, for the title in Las Vegas.

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Miss Universe discussed in a pre-taped interview how her experience being held at gunpoint gave her the drive to educate and train women on self-defense. She plans to continue her mission using her Miss Universe platform.

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During the Q&A part, Miss Universe was asked about the most important issue she thought was the hardest for women in the workplace.

She responded, “In some places, women get paid 75% of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right,” she said. “I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”

The competition’s top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.

Congratulations to Miss Universe!

Written By: Adia Taylor

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