The South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is the new Miss Universe

The second place was for the Colombian Laura González and the third for the Jamaican Davina Bennet.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is crowned Miss Universe by her predecessor Iris Mittenaere (REUTERS / Steve Marcus)

The South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters , 22, became the new Miss Universe this Sunday , after winning the final of this beauty contest held tonight in Las Vegas (USA).

(REUTERS / Steve Marcus)

The second place was for the Colombian Laura González and the third for the Jamaican Davina Bennet.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters along with Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez (REUTERS / Steve Marcus)

This is the second time in the history of the event that a South African achieves the desired crown, after the victory her country won in 1978 thanks to Margaret Gardiner.

(REUTERS / Steve Marcus)
The young native of Sedgefield received the crown of the French Iris Mittenaere , who won the title of Miss Universe 2016.

This edition of the beauty contest for the first time introduced a selection by geographic areas : 4 from Europe, 4 from Asia / Pacific and 4 from America, to which were added, four others who were chosen by the six members of the jury.

Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez and Miss USA Kara McCullough (REUTERS / Steve Marcus)

The 4 finalists of the contest (REUTERS / Steve Marcus)

Of the 16 finalists, 6 were eliminated in a first phase and 10 were left, among which were Venezuela , Spain , Brazil and Colombia .

The contest was presented by Steve Harvey (REUTERS / Steve Marcus)

The Venezuelan Keysi Sayago managed to pass the last cut of five , but only Laura González qualified for the final, although she had to settle for second place.

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