South African crowned Miss Universe

After a scary robbery at gunpoint Miss South Africa went on to be crowned Miss Universe

In response to the question, Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who was later crowned the victor, didn't flinch and took a strong stance against the harassment of women.

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. Ninety-two women from around the globe participated setting the record for most contestants ever to compete in the competition.

"Our nation is immensely proud of Ms. Leigh for this tremendous achievement".

The Minister said also that, "she displayed poise, confidence and the true Jamaican spirit during the show".

"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.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

Nel-Peters, who is from the Western Cape province, is a business management graduate from the North-West University.

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In the pageant's 66th year, almost 100 women from around the world-including first-timers from Cambodia, Laos and Nepal- took part.

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. She helped develop a program to train women in self-defence in various situations after she was robbed at gunpoint a month after she was crowned Miss South Africa.

Miss Colombia, Laura González was the first runner-up, while Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett was the second. Before she was crowned, the new pageant victor shared her thoughts on sexual harassment. "Our Davina left her mark on the world and is an inspiration to other Jamaican young women".

TV host Steve Harvey redeemed himself this year after the 2015 blooper in which he named the wrong contestant as the victor. On Sunday, he poked fun at his mistake throughout the night.

"Let us celebrate this great victory of our nation".

Grammy-Award victor Fergie performed her new song "A Little Work" while the contestants walked down the stage wearing evening gowns.

With a file from CTV News.

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