This was the 66th edition of the miss universe where around 100 women from the world took part. Women from Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal took part for the first time.
Contestants were divided into three geographical categories: The Americas, Europe, and Africa and Asia-Pacific. Four women from each of these categories plus four wild became part of Top 16: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, Colombia, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela, Jamaica and China, reported Us Weekly.
The selected 16 participated in swimsuit and then top 10 were short listed. The top 10 were Venezuela, USA, Philippines, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand and Jamaica.
The event was hosted by Steve Harvey who in the 2015 edition took the wrong name of the winner. This is the third time he has hosted this contest.
After the walk in delightful dresses, the top 5 were chosen and they were South Africa, Venezuela, Thailand, Jamaica and Colombia.
The top 5 took part in the final round, which is based on questions. This was the opportunity in which contestant can give their opinions on different issues like terrorism, social media, sexual harassment and other issues. The top 3 were selected after this and they were Jamaica, Colombia and South Africa.
The top 3 were asked about their best quality and how they will use it as Miss Universe 2017. The final contained an endowing performance from Rachel Platten, singing Broken Glass as the Top 3 walked across the stage one last time before the winner was announced.
After the performance, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was announced Miss Universe 2017. Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez was the runner-up and Jamaica’s Davina Bennett came in third.
Nel-Peter is a 22 year old and has a graduate degree in business management, said her disabled half-sister has been among her great inspirations.
Nel-Peters was a favorite throughout the night, she spoke for equal pay and also explained her experience of surviving carjacking by fighting back. She wants to help out other women.