Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, is your new Miss Universe!聽Nel-Peters took home the聽crown at Sunday night鈥檚 pageant聽in Las Vegas, making her the first winner from South Africa since 1978.

鈥淭his one is for every single girl and boy that has a dream!鈥 the model and beauty queen wrote on Instagram聽after her win. 鈥淣othing is ever impossible!鈥

Nels-Peters was considered聽a frontrunner for the title after also being crowned聽Miss South Africa 2017 earlier this year. The 22-year-old recently earned聽a business management degree at North-West University, and during the show鈥檚 Q&A,聽when聽asked what she thought was the聽most important issue facing women in the workplace, she took the opportunity to speak in favor of closing the gender pay gap.

鈥淚n some places, women get paid 75 percent of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours, and I do not believe that this is right,鈥 she said.聽鈥淚 think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.鈥

The show was once again hosted by Steve Harvey who, two years ago, made a major blunder when he mistakenly announced the wrong winner. While it was smooth sailing this time around, he聽joked that the infamous Oscars best picture mixup聽took the pressure off of him.

鈥淚鈥檒l tell you what聽I鈥檓 grateful for this Thanksgiving weekend. I鈥檓 grateful for the Oscars. 鈥楥ause it let me off the hook,鈥澛爃e said as he announced the contestants. 鈥淪o, you can sit here and act like you didn鈥檛 see what Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway did, but it got me off the hook.鈥

Nel-Peters聽won over the first runner-up, Miss Colombia聽Laura Gonz谩lez, and second runner-up, Miss Jamaica聽Davina Bennett, for the crown. She聽takes over聽Miss Universe duties from聽last year鈥檚 winner,聽Iris Mittenaere.

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