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Minister Susan Shabangu Congratulates Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters for Winning Miss Universe

28 November 2017

Newly-crowned Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco thanked her fellow beauty queen for representing the country "with beauty and a heart".

During the competition's Q&A portion, host Steve Harvey asked Nel-Peters about what she thought was the most important issue facing women in the workplace.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a 22-year-old the 66th Miss Universe pageant.Photo: Getty Images.

The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett. "'I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world", she said.

Nel-Peters is an advocate of women's rights.

Nels-Peters was considered a frontrunner for the title after also being crowned Miss South Africa 2017 earlier this year. Before she was crowned, the new pageant victor shared her thoughts on sexual harassment.

After the show, Nel-Peters said women can empower each other to standup against any abuse.

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The outspoken poet said she had "outgrown" Eurocentric beauty standards and argued that "We are raising another generation of black girls who must aspire to whiteness".

She said that women together are "unbreakable".

Steve Harvey returned as the show's host and thank goodness, this time Steve Harvey read out the correct name, after the embarrassing gaffe in 2015 where he called out the wrong victor. On Sunday, he poked fun at his mistake throughout the night.

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

She then made it to the top 10 where she participated in the evening gown competition wearing a pale bluish-gray dress by designer Val Taguba.

In an interview with Fox News, Graham criticized Miss Universe and its American counterpart, Miss USA, for not featuring a single curvy contestant in their 60-plus-year runs.

Minister Susan Shabangu Congratulates Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters for Winning Miss Universe