Miss Universe 2017 is Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa! Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters recently earned her degree in Business Management at North-West University after making history at her high school for holding two leadership positions.
In June 2017, three months after Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters became Miss South Africa, she was carjacked and held at gunpoint in broad daylight by five men attempting to kidnap her. When one of the assailants tried to push Nel-Peters back into her car, she used a lesson learned in a women’s self-empowerment course and punched him in the throat, allowing her to flee. “It was so traumatizing,” Nel-Peters, 22, said at her Post photo shoot on the streets of Manhattan. The incident inspired her to start Unbreakable, a series of workshops in her home country that encourages women to stand up for themselves. “We empower women with skills and knowledge . . . for [dealing with] robberies, crime, violence against women, toxic relationships, anything in that line,” she said. Since being crowned Miss Universe in November, she wants to take her movement global. “I really hope to use this [Miss Universe] platform to empower women all over the world,” she said. “It’s a global issue.”