The Hush Post: The place was Las Vegas and the day Sunday, where Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe. Twenty-two year-old Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters edged out pageants from Colombia and Jamaica to take the crown. Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, said her disabled half-sister is among her greatest motivations.
Colombia was represented by actress Laura Gonzalez and Jamaica by Davina Bennett — who works with deaf students and is working on a new sign language app.
In the pageant’s 66th year, nearly 100 women from around the globe participated — including first-timers from Cambodia, Laos and Nepal. The current Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere from France, crowned her successor to a cacophony of squeals and clappings.
American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey returned to the Miss Universe stage for a third time. In 2015 he made a mistake which was heard round the world when he announced the wrong person as winner.
Grammy-winning singer Fergie and pop star Rachel Platten provided the musical entertainment for the Sunday’s finale in the city that stays awake all night.