Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is crowned Ms Universe 2017

Emilio Banks
November 28, 2017

Ashley Graham may have served as a host for the Miss Universe 2017 pageant on Sunday night, but that didn't stop her from airing her grievances with the show's historic lack of body diversity.

While a majority of South Africans were showering Nel-Peters with praises and congratulating her after her win, some, including highly opinionated South African poet Ntsiki Mazwai, think Miss Jamaica should have won.

Along with the title, Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes.

In the "Final Word" portion of the competition, Nel-Peters said "Miss Universe is a woman who has overcome many fears, and by that she is able to help many women overcome their fears".

Miss USA Kára McCullough of Washington, D.C. Image via FacebookBut the game-show host who famously got it wrong in 2015 will never forget how he was schooled by Miss USA in 2017. Many controversies have risen with the requirements because many believe, that just like a teacher is required to have a degree to teach students or a counselor requires a masters to counsel someone, Miss Universe should require education so the crowning Miss Universe can fulfill her global duties of educating the world on public health issues at the best of her abilities.

Nel-Peters, 22, a business management graduate from North-West University, bested 91 other contestants and was crowned as the 66th Miss Universe by her predecessor Iris Mittenaere of France. "And as a radio chemist, I advocate for so many children in S.T.E.M. and women in leadership positions and that's the mission of a Miss Universe".

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Our Miss Universe posted the above picture with Bennett on her Instagram page saying, "On paper she's second but in our hearts she is number one!"

Jamaican beauty Davina Bennett was the second runner-up, while Colombian beauty Laura Gonzalez was the first runner-up.

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

"Perhaps because the judges preferred either Colombia or Jamaica over her", said Norman Tinio, of normannorman.com, a popular website on beauty pageants.

American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey hosted the event for the third time, making several jokes at his own expense. "If you can see a curvy girl on the cover of Sports Illustrated or Vogue, then we can definitely see a curvy girl as Miss Universe".

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