Aside from sharing to the whole world her experiences in life, particularly in battling her personal advocacy that she wants to pursue, Miss Universe 2017 thanks her predecessors for enlightening her what other global concerns that must be addressed as part of her agenda as a beauty queen.
Last Tuesday, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (of South Africa), arrived in the country with last year’s winner Iris Mittenaere and some thirteen country-candidates from the pageant, and of course, with the presence of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, as invited by the Department of Tourism, to help boost the country’s tourism campaign. In a presscon held at Dusti Hotel a few days ago, the Miss U organization, led by Ms. Paula Shugart, related that it’s no secret that they love the country and it’s good for the pageant. She also said that it is a great place for the pageant. Although she added that they need to discuss the matter further between her office and DOT.
As the newly crowned Miss Universe, this is the first travel conducted by Nel-Peters after the pageant. The 22-year old beauty queen believed that she would be so happy to pass her crown to her successor here in the Philippines. She also said that she was so excited to visit other places of the country, which included Bohol, Batanes and Camiguin, and other historic spots.
A victim of what she called hijack or “carjack,” after she won Miss South Africa, Nel-Peters didn’t realize that such crime was also experience by women worldwide. And because of this, such personal encounter made her espouse the advocacy, that is, to stop violence against women. “If there’s one thing that I can share with you with what I’ve gone through, hijacked or carjacked, however you might know it, is just to never allow yourself to be a victim,” said the Business Management graduate Nel-Peters.
In addition to that, all the three Miss Universe winners attended two main gala fashion shows to raise funds for the various charity institutions as beneficiaries of the MU foundation. Nel-Peters is the second South African to win the title. The first was Margaret Gardiner who was crowned in 1978 held in Acapulco, Mexico. She was only 18. Gardiner is a Psychology graduate and now works as a journalist.