Miss Jamaica's Afro Steals Twitter Praise Despite Miss Universe Loss

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Miss SA 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe at a glittering ceremony in the United States during the early hours of yesterday.

Since she's a trained self-defense instructor, Nel-Peters wants more women to be like her.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters wearing the Miss Universe crown.

Congratulations to Miss South Africa for being the 2017 Miss Universe.

Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett may have been the second runner-up at this year's Miss Universe pageant, but she might as well have taken home the first place win if Twitter has anything to say about it.

Wurtzbach won Miss Universe in 2015.

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

Solenn Heussaff did not only greet Peters but also all the Miss Universe candidates, whom she called "confident and attractive women". And to [Rachel Peters], thank you for making us proud.

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The celebrated South African beauty queen Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is this year's Miss Universe after she emerged top at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas on Sunday.

While the contest claims to crown the most handsome and talented woman in the universe, it has not managed to attract represent from all countries in the world - but that is changing.

"As Miss Universe, you have to be confident in who you are as an individual".

Winning first runner-up was Colombian actress Laura Gonzales Ospina.

The top 16 was composed of four girls from the continents of America, four from Europe, and four from Asia, Africa, and Pacific, plus four "wild cards".

The 22-year-old model and business management graduate from North-West University was crowned by outgoing Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere of France with the US$250,000 pearl-encrusted Mikimoto crown, which was last used by the pageant in 2009.

Miss USA Kára McCullough, Miss Canada Lauren Howe, Miss Spain Sofia del Prado and Miss Brazil Monalysa Alcântara also made the Top 10 list. The 30-year-old model, who has served twice as a backstage host for Miss Universe, recently expressed her disappointment in not seeing any curvy contestants compete in the worldwide beauty pageant.

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