Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017

The South African beauty told how she escaped a kidnapping attempt last month by PUNCHING one of her three attackers in the throat.

South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the Miss Universe crown held in Las Vegas on Sunday. And after 39 years, Peters has taken home the crown. REUTERS/Steve Marcus Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters poses for photos following the 66th Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. November 26, 2017. Host Steve Harvey announced Peters as the new Miss Universe.

She will now be handed a year-long salary, and a luxury apartment in New York City.

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The second runner-up was miss Jamaica and the first runner-up was Miss Columbia.

Miss Universe 2016, France's Iris Mittenaere, sported a stupendous number by none other than Michael Cinco as she crowned her successor.

This year the the Miss Universe pageant changed things up by selecting the top 16 finalists based on continents.

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It was the the pageant's 66th year and included almost 100 women from around the world.

Three days after people in the USA celebrated Thanksgiving, Harvey told the audience he is "grateful for the Oscars", referring to the best-picture flub at this year's Academy Awards.

Donald Trump formerly co-owned The Miss Universe Organization with NBCUniversal.

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