Miss Universe contestants speak on sexual harassment issue

28 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Rita Burton
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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters - of South Africa was crowned 2017 Miss Universe from the field of 92 contestants. Last night she competed against 91 contestants from around the globe, the biggest number of entrants in the history of the competition.

Louise Victor was the picture of grace in congratulating Miss Universe 2017 second runner-up, Davina Bennett of Jamaica.

The victor of Miss Universe gets a one-year contract with one of the top modeling agencies in the world, security 24/7, an apartment in NY, and performs several community acts around the globe pertaining to public health issues.

Nel-Peters says she will use her reign to champion HIV/Aids and self-defense causes. Jamaica's Solange Sinclair secured a Top 10 spot and grabbed the Caribbean Queen of Beauty award in the 2017 Miss World pageant in Sanya, China last weekend. She also works with deaf students and is involved in the development of a new sign language app. "I've done this a Colombian and I do not doubt that I will do this as Miss Universe".

Her passion for self-defence was reinforced when she was hijacked and held at gunpoint a month after winning her title as Miss South Africa, she said in a video on the Miss Universe website.

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

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"Perhaps because the judges preferred either Colombia or Jamaica over her", said Norman Tinio, of normannorman.com, a popular website on beauty pageants.

"As Miss Universe, you have to be confident in who you are as an individual", she said.

"She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for".

The Miss Universe Organization implemented a new mechanics for the coronation event, selecting the top 16 per continent.

Seated on the judges tables were Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Hollywood Today host Ross Mathews, fashion correspondent Jay Manuel, top internet influencer Lele Pons, UFC backstage reporter Megan Olivi, hair care/spa products company founder Farouk Shami, and Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam.

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