South Africa crowned Miss Universe

South Africa crowned Miss Universe

This year's finalists include four from The Americas (North America, Central America, South America, Caribbean), four candidates from Europe, and four candidates from Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

She also said she wants to champion other causes during her yearlong reign.

"I had at least three guns pointed at me".

Yet another beauty queen plumped for Michael Cinco when handing over her crown...

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The victor, 22-year-old Nel-Peters, will be given a yearlong salary and a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign.

"Women earn 75% of what men earn doing the same thing".

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It was the the pageant's 66th year and included almost 100 women from around the world.

In a fitting turn of events the d3-based designer, who's originally from the Philippines, dressed last year's reigning Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach, as she crowned Mittenaere. Laura Gonzalez from Colombia was the runner-up while Davina Bennett from Jamaica came third.

The current Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere from France, crowned her successor to a din of squeals and cheers.

Steve Harvey returned as the show's host despite botching the 2015 Miss Universe crowning. Three days after people in the US celebrated Thanksgiving, Harvey told the audience he is "grateful for the Oscars", referring to the best-picture flub at this year's Academy Awards.

Rachel Peters in an ash blue Val Taguba evening gown as a top 10 finalist during the Miss Universe 2017 coronation night. "She is a woman and nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am", she said.

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