The winning answer of Miss South Africa, newly crowned Miss Universe 2017

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The 66th Miss Universe finalists all shone bright in the question-and-answer portion.


Today, November 27, 2017, the "most beautiful woman" was crowned.

Outsmarting her 91 fellow candidates, South Africa'sĀ Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters shone the brightest with her winning answer in the question-and-answer portion of Miss Universe 2017, held at The AXIS, Planet Hollywood, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Asked "what quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to Miss Universe," the 22-year-old beauty queen highlighted the importance of confidence in one's self.

Nel-PetersĀ told host Steve Harvey, "As Miss Universe, you have to be confident with who you are as an individual.

"A Miss Universe is a woman that has overcomed many fears and by that, she was able to help other women overcome their fears.

"She is a woman that nothing is able too much to ask for.

"And I think that is exactly who I am. Thank you."

During the question-and-answer portion after the announcement of the Final 5, the question she got was "Women make up 49 percent of the global workplace. What do you believe is the most important issue facing women in the workplace today and why?"

The Business Management degree holder confidently answered, "In the workplaces, women get paid 75 percent of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours, and I do not believe that that is right.

"I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world. Thank you."

With her win tonight, Demi-Leigh ended a nearly four-decade drought for her country.

The last time they brought home the crown was when Margaret Gardiner won Miss Universe 1978.

Prior to the competition, judges all agreed that the Miss Universe 2017 must possess both "poise and intelligence."


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