Full Name at Birth
Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa
Claim to Fame
Miss Universe 2017
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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (born 28 June 1995) is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2017. She previously was crowned Miss South Africa 2017, and is the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa, following Margaret Gardiner who was crowned Miss Universe 1978.
Outeniqua High School, George, South Africa
North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Profile Bio Text
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (born 28 June 1995) is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2017. She previously was crowned Miss South Africa 2017, and is the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa, following Miss Universe 1978, Margaret Gardiner.
Early life and education
Nel-Peters was born on 28 June 1995 in Sedgefield, Western Cape, to Bennie Peters and Anne-Marie Steenkamp. She is of Cape Coloured origin. Her half-sister, Franje, has a physical disability, and Nel-Peters says that she is the most significant motivator in her life. She received a bachelor's degree in business management from North-West University and is fluent in both English and Afrikaans.
Miss South Africa 2017
Nel-Peters began her pageantry career representing Western Cape in the Miss South Africa 2017 competition, which she won. As Miss South Africa, she had the right to represent South Africa in both Miss World 2017 and Miss Universe 2017, but since the dates of the two pageants coincided, she was sent only to Miss Universe, held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miss Universe 2017
In the final round Steve Harvey asked Nel-Peters, "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?" She said:
As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. And Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women to overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am.
When asked about what she thought was the most important issue regarding women in the workplace, she said:
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. I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.
She went on to win the competition and was crowned Miss Universe 2017 by outgoing titleholder Iris Mittenaere. Nel-Peters is the second titleholder from South Africa; Margaret Gardiner won Miss Universe 1978.
Nel-Peters said during a segment at Miss Universe that she wants to use her self-defence workshops to help as many women as she can. This stems from an incident a month after she was crowned Miss South Africa, when she was carjacked at Hyde Park. She handed over her car keys but was forced into her car by the carjackers. She punched one of them in the throat and managed to run away and get help.
During her reign, she has traveled to Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico and numerous trips around the South África.
Couple Profile Source
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Boss Model Management - Cape Town, Boss Model Management - Johannesburg
www.bossmodels.co.za/capetown/women/mainboard/1012170/demileigh-nelpeters, www.bossmodels.co.za/joburg/women/mainboard/670836/demi-leigh-nelpeters, twitter.com/demileighnp?lang=en
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