Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa is Miss Universe 2017!

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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa lived up to her pre-pageant hype and captured the Rainbow Nation’s first Miss Universe title in 39 years. The 22-year-old business graduate edged out 91 other beauties in the 66th edition of the pageant held in AXIS Theatre, Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is now her country’s second Miss Universe titleholder after Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

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Pageant Geeks’ Official Miss Universe 2017 Picks

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The introduction of the new regional selection process was definitely met with mixed reactions. For one, why crowd Asia, Africa, and Oceania in one group?! But choices had to be made and sentimental favorites had to be sacrificed.

So, after much discussion, we’ve decided to root for the following:

AMERICAS – Colombia, Mexico, USA, Venezuela
EUROPE – France, Great Britain, Russia, Spain
ASIA/AFRICA/OCEANIA  – Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand
WILDCARD PICKS – Guyana, Israel, Panama, Puerto Rico

Now, here’s how we ranked them:

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