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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters a 22-year-old the 66th Miss Universe

Congratulations are in order for Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who was just crowned the new Miss Universe, reports the Daily Mail.

This year's pageant drew 4.4 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating, down 15 and 27 percent from last year, TV Line reports, giving the annual event its second-lowest numbers ever.

Finally, Miss Universe Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, from South Africa, stated, "You have to be confident in who you are as an individual". ABC's America's Funniest Videos (5.3 mil/1.2) saw its best numbers all season, while Shark Tank (4.1 mil/1.0) was up a tenth.

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That was most evident during the Q&A portion of the show, when a fan asked contestants why they thought it was important for both men and women to work together to address sexual misconduct. "And as a radio chemist, I advocate for so many children in S.T.E.M. and women in leadership positions and that's the mission of a Miss Universe". Before she was crowned, the new pageant victor shared her thoughts on sexual harassment.

The victor has a degree in Business Management and she is passionate about a program she helped develop to train women in self-defence in various situations.

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TV host Steve Harvey redeemed himself this year after the 2015 blooper in which he named the wrong contestant as the victor. Three days after people in the US celebrated Thanksgiving, Harvey told the audience he is "grateful for the Oscars", referring to the best-picture flub at this year's Academy Awards.

Grammy-Award victor Fergie and Rachel Platten, best known for her 2015 hit "Fight Song", are scheduled to perform during the show.

The top three candidates - Miss South Africa, Miss Colombia 2017 Laura Gonzalez and Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett - were given the same question which was read by pageant host, Steve Harvey.

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The 22-year-old model and business management graduate from North-West University was crowned by outgoing Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere of France with the US$250,000 pearl-encrusted Mikimoto crown, which was last used by the pageant in 2009.

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