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Bright lights, big city: Miss Universe Nel-Peters arrives in New York

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters beat over 90 contestants to become the second South African ever to win the Miss Universe title.

South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will be living in New York for the next year after winning the 2017 Miss Universe title. Picture: @demileighnp/Twitter

NEW YORK - Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has arrived in New York to take on her role as Miss Universe.

Nel-Peters beat over 90 contestants to become the second South African ever to win the title.

It’s her first time in the United States, so she plans to visit the Empire State Building.

“I’ve already moved in, so I’m already a New Yorker for the year.”

Nel-Peters says the confidence she exuded during the pageant was well-honed.

“You visualise how you walk on that stage, how you’ll answer your final question and attend events … it makes it so much easier to be there because it feels like you’ve been there before.”

The Miss Universe winner has told Eyewitness News she doesn’t believe that women have to choose beauty over brains or vice versa.

The 22-year-old says she’s looking forward to keeping gender equality at the forefront of her reign.

“I think the time where women have to choose between beauty or brains is over. Women no longer have to choose between the two. You can have both and beauty pageants are breaking that stereotype. I hope to do the same.”

Nel-Peters will spend the next year based in New York City.

Nel-Peters admits she’ll miss home while she’s away.

“Right now it’s nearly summer in South Africa and I’m missing that so much.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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