And Miss Universe 2017 is... Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.
After battling it out with top 92 contestants from across the world Nel-Peters was crowned the winner during the star-studded international beauty pageant that was underway at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, 26 November.
Miss Colombia Laura González and Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett came close and took the first and second runners up spots, respectively. Like each year, the sparkling silver and blue gem encrusted crown was passed on to the new Miss Universe by last year's winner Miss France Iris Mittenaere.
A student at North West University, Nel-Peters recently graduated with a degree in Business Management. The 22-year-old native of Sedgefield in Western cape, South Africa also held prestigious leadership positions at her high school.
Her half-sister, who has a disability, is credited to be Miss Universe Nel-Peters' biggest motivation. In the future, the new winner from South Africa plans on using her self-defense workshops to help as many women as she can.