South African scoops Miss Universe crown

South African scoops Miss Universe crown

India's Shraddha Shashidhar failed to make it to the top 10 contestants for this year's Miss Universe title.

The performance drew worldwide attention and admiration.

"HIV/AIDS is a very big problem in my country, South Africa, so I hope to stand as an advocate for that", she told reporters.

Wurtzbach won Miss Universe in 2015. "She did us proud", said members from the JCF via their official twitter page.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach took to social media to send a message to Rachel Peters, the Philippines' representative in this year's edition of the worldwide pageant.

Nel-Peters beat out runner-up Laura González, Miss Colombia, and second runner-up Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, in the November 26 competition.

When asked to name the most important issue women face in the workplace, Nel-Peters said the lack of equal pay. This year's edition had the most contestants ever, including the first representatives in its history of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.

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After giving up her title, Pia returned to showbiz and has also been busy working with the Miss Universe Organization.

Davina Bennet from Jamaica finished second runner-up. She also praised her successor, Iris Mittenaere, saying the French beauty queen "had an wonderful reign as Miss Universe".

Peters then advanced to the top 10 and competed for the evening gown competition.

She was held at gunpoint by three carjackers in June as she was driving through Johannesburg, about a month after she was crowned Miss South Africa.

The top 13 finalists in the Miss Universe competition were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.

Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa also greeted Peters. Four candidates from The Americas (North America, Central America, South America, Caribbean), four candidates from Europe, four candidates from Asia, Africa, and the Oceania, plus four wild cards.

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