Dec 15, 2017 Last Updated 8:35 AM, Dec 15, 2017
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And Miss Universe 2017 is... our very own Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters!

Nel-Peters (22) -- who unleashed a big smile when she won -- hails from Western Cape Province and recently earned a business management degree from North-West University.

Nel-Peters said her disabled half-sister has been among her great inspirations.

Miss Colombia, Laura González (22) was the first runner-up.

She has been preparing to be an actress since the age of 16. After graduating from a performing arts school, she moved to Bogotá to build her career.

The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett (21). She is a model pursuing a degree in marketing at the University of the West Indies.

Nel-Peters becomes only the second South African to win the crown in nearly four decades.

Margaret Gardiner last won in 1978.

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