Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters is at Labuhan Bajo, Indonesia shooting a vitamin drink commercial! Labuhan Bajo is on one of the Flores group of islands in Indonesia, a tourist hotspot/ destination…
Demi is scheduled for her homecoming in South Africa later on January 24th…
Rejoice South Africa as your universal queen is coming home! Two months after her Miss Universe 2017 win in Las Vegas, Demi Leigh Nel-Peters is set to come home to her country.
22 year-old Demi will be coming home to her official welcome celebration on January 24th and is set to visit Johannesburg, Cape Town and Sedgefield. The Miss South Africa organization has officially announced that Demi will be at the Cell C Connect Centre, Waterfall Campus on 24 January from 16:00 to 17:30 (4pm to 5;30pm).
She is also said to be hosting workshops under her advocacy named Unbreakable. The Unbreakable campaign “aims to empower women through self-defence by training them on how to handle a variety of situations including assault, domestic violence and sexual harassment”.
It has always been Miss Universe for Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters… at least that is what she revealed post Miss Universe crowning.
South Africa is one of the countries that has always sent its main winner to both Miss Universe and Miss World competitions. Most often than not, they would compete in Miss World first before thinking of competing in Miss Universe. But when the pageant dates overlap, the winner usually gets to decide which pageant she would prefer to compete in.
In the case of Demi-Leigh, she revealed that it has always been Miss Universe for her. When MW President Julia Morley and the 2016 MW winners visited South Africa, fans thought that Demi might be competing in MW. Most pageant fans would have wanted her to compete in MU and that she would perhaps be wasted in MW (who traditionally prefers taller women). Then came the reveal that Demi would be competing in Miss Universe. Her decision led her to winning the title in Las Vegas last November 26th. A good decision since even her Miss South Africa runner up Ade van Heerden also gets to compete in Miss World. Ade landed among the top 10 of MW last year.
Since covering the Miss Universe pageant in Doral, Miami, I have been conscientiously amassing electronic autographs of the winners on my tablet. I decided that instead of having actual photographs signed, I prefer the electronic ones having learned a lesson back in 1994 when I lost an autographed photo of Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen. That was a painful rookie mistake in my youth that I do not plan to repeat.
So far, I haven’t missed acquiring any of the MU winners’ signatures for my collection since I started covering the MU pageant.
Here are some interesting tidbits on these autographs: Pia’s signature was acquired almost after her reign, Paulina was the easiest to get an autograph from as I was able to get it during the press junket (together with that of MJ Lastimosa’s) and Demi was the most difficult to take due to the insane security at the Miss Universe in Planet Hollywood.
Hopefully I would get the next Miss Universe winner’s autograph without much difficulty…
There is are two emerging trends in Miss Universe nowadays: 1st is that the past 4 winners are from four different continents, and 2nd is the long wait of each of the countries in their respective MU victories.
Miss Universe 2014 – Colombia, 56 year gap since its last win, from the Americas
Miss Universe 2015 – Philippines, 42 year gap since its last win, from Asia
Miss Universe 2016 – France, 63 year gap since its last win, from Europe
Miss Universe 2017 – South Africa, 39 year gap since its last win, from Africa
If this is the pattern, would it be safe to say that the next MU winner be coming from the Americas? Or would it skip the Americas and go to the Pacific or even the Caribbean? Could it finally be the time for Jamaica?Perhaps the crown may find itself on a country with a first time winner? We would have to wait with bated breathe until the next MU pageant comes along…
After the dust has settled, four new Alpha winners comprise the class of 2017!
Miss Earth – Karen Ibasco, Philippines
Miss International – Kevin Liliana, Indonesia
Miss Universe – Demi-leigh Nel-Peters, South Africa
Miss World – Manushi Chillar, India
Interesting to note that three out of the four winners are from Asia. It is even more noteworthy that the winners of Miss Earth and Miss International were trained in the same pageant camp in the Philippines! Not to mention that for 5 years in a row the Philippines has won one or two of the Alpha pageants consecutively. This goes to show that the Philippines is indeed a pageant powerhouse country.