The 22-year-old recently beat 91 other entrants in the Miss Universe competition, and clearly impressed with her address to the audience. “As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. And Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women to overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am,” she said in the Final Word round.
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) November 27, 2017
Nel-Peters is a recent graduate of North West University, where she earned a degree in Business Management. Originally from Sedgefield in the Western Cape, she enjoys activities from scrapbooking to hiking, and was elected as the Deputy Junior Mayor of the George City Council in her high school years. Following Margaret Gardiner’s aforementioned Miss Universe victory in 1978, Nel-Peters is the second South African to take home the title.
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Just because you are soft does not mean that you are not a force. Honey and wildfire are both the colour gold. Sneak peak of my official shoot for Miss Universe! Photo by @garrethbarclay H&M by @dyllz23 @artistry_by_dyllan Directing @werner_wessels Styling @noreenkajeevareta Hair colour and treatment by @leandibotes at @veaudryint
I love Mondays! To me they always represent a new beginning and a new chance to make the week ahead better than the one before. When you work hard, the reward is so much sweeter (for example my cheat meals on the weekend ????). A shout out to my trainer, @jacodbruyn for helping me to be the best, healthiest and strongest version of myself. Credits to the amazing team: Photo @garrethbarclay H&M @artistry_by_dyllan Swimwear @jetsswimwear Styling @noreenkajeevareta Directing @claudiahenkelsa Everything else @werner_wessels
#BTS for my official shoot for @missuniverse .Eeeeek ? can't even believe I'm saying "official Miss Universe photoshoot" ?? New hair by @leandibotes from @veaudryint. My hair feels like summer? South Africa, I can't wait to represent you!?? Credits: Skirt by @gertjohancoetzee H&M by @artistry_by_dyllan @dyllz23 Styling @noreenkajeevareta
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