She competed against 91 contestants from around the globe, the biggest number of entrants in the history of the competition.
The business management graduate revealed that disabled half-sister inspired her to take the crown - and vowed to use her newfound fame to advocate for an HIV cure. As India's Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World title 17 years later, hopes were pinned on India's Miss Universe candidate Shraddha Shashidhar, who sadly could not make it to the top 16.
The 22-year-old Nel-Peters has earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes. The native of Sedgefield in Western cape, South Africa also held prestigious leadership positions at her high school.
Miss Philippines Rachel Peters stuns the crowd at the AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. He previously dressed Pia Wurtzbach when she passed her crown to Iris in Manila last January. The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.
Ivanka Trump keeps 18 hours reserved for site seeing, shopping in Hyderabad
Ms Trump is leading a delegation of senior White House officials as well as American entrepreneurs. The summit will be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) in Hi Tech City.
However Miss Universe seems to have another tradition emerging-that the outgoing victor dons a certain Dubai-based designer.
American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey returned to the Miss Universe stage for a third time.
Rachel Peters in an ash blue Val Taguba evening gown as a top 10 finalist during the Miss Universe 2017 coronation night.