Miss Universe pageant down to 16 contestants

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Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (left) reacts as she is crowned Miss Universe 2017 by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It was gathered that ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition.

South Africa's Nel-Peters was declared victor besting 91 other delegates and became the second South African woman to be crowned Miss Universe after Margaret Gardiner's win in 1978.

The victor of Miss Universe gets a one-year contract with one of the top modeling agencies in the world, security 24/7, an apartment in NY, and performs several community acts around the globe pertaining to public health issues.

"If women take hands and stand together, we are unbreakable", Nel-Peters said.

The 2017 edition of the Miss Universe pageant has begun in Las Vegas.

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She also holds a degree in business management.

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, won the event and will take over for Iris for the coming year.

The other top finalists included Jamaica as the second runner-up and Colombia as runner-up. This is the largest Miss Universe in the pageant's history.

The show was once again hosted by Steve Harvey who, two years ago, made a major blunder when he mistakenly announced the wrong victor. "I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world". 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 global beauty pageant. Miss Universe is a very strong motivator for several young woman out there, and Miss Universe should use this to their advantage to promote higher education in young woman, and show them that you can't have beauty without the brains.

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

This year's judges include YouTube star Lele Pons and former judge on "America's Next Top Model" Jay Manuel.

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