22-year-old Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who helps train women in self-defense, was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday at the pageant held in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also making it to the final three. Her passion for self-defense was reinforced when she was hijacked and held at gunpoint about a month after winning her title as Miss South Africa.

Miss Universe 2017 was the 66th Miss Universe pageant, held on 26 November 2017. The event was held at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Iris Mittenaere of France crowned her successor Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa at the end of the event.

The show was hosted by Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham, while Fergie and Rachel Platten performed. Carson Kressley joined runway coach and pageant expert Lu Sierra in the commentary and analysis table throughout the telecast. Contestants from 92 countries and territories participated in this year’s pageant, surpassing the previous record of 89 contestants in 2011 and 2012.

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