Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is crowned Miss Universe 2017

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Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017.

Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown. 

Nel-Peters, 22, recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University. 

During the competition's Q&A portion, the newly crowned Miss Universe was asked about the most important issue she thought was facing women in the workplace. 

"In some places, women get paid 75% of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right," she said. "I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”

The competition's top 13  finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett competes at the Miss Universe pageant on Nov. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. 
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The final five finalists: Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett, Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp, Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago and Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. 
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Contestants in their evening gowns. 
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Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough competes during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant on Nov. 26, 2017 in Las Vegas. 
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Miss Colombia 2017 Laura Gonzalez. 
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Miss Thailand 2017 Maria Poonlertlarp. 
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Miss Venezuela 2017 Keysi Sayago. 
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Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere appears during the competition. 
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Miss Great Britain 2017 Anna Burdzy. 
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Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. 
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Miss Spain 2017 Sofia del Prado. 
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Miss Canada 2017 Lauren Howe. 
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Miss Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters. 
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Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett. 
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Miss Ghana 2017 Ruth Quarshie. 
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Miss Ireland 2017 Cailin Aine Ni Toibin. 
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