Nel-Peters dedicates Miss Universe win to South Africa

The announcement was made early on Monday morning at a star-studded ceremony in Las Vegas.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017 is crowned Miss Universe on Sunday, 26 November from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters says that she's humbled and proud to be crowned Miss Universe.

The announcement was made early on Monday morning at a star-studded ceremony in Las Vegas.

The 22-year-old from Sedgefield in the Western Cape is the second South African to ever win the crown after Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

Nel-peters has dedicated her award to South Africa.

β€œ[South] Africa, I love you. Thank you for everything. I am Miss Universe and this is for you.”

The second runner-up was miss Jamaica and the first runner-up was Miss Columbia.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)