Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. The women competed in a number of categories, including swimsuit, evening gown and a question-and-answer period. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.
Image from the Miss Unuverse 2017 pageant
Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes. She was asked to name the most important issue women face in the workplace and her answer indicated the lack of equal pay. “I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world,” the young woman said. Nel-Peters is from the South African coastal community of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province helped develop a program to train women in self-defense. She was previously robbed herself at gunpoint a month after she was crowned as Miss South Africa. At the pageant, Nel-Peters acknowledged her confidence as her best quality, saying that Miss Universe “is a woman that’s overcome many fears” and one who is also able to help others do the same. “HIV/AIDS is a very big problem in my country South Africa, so I hope to stand as an advocate for that,” she said before reporters after the event.