Born/Date of Birth: 28 June 1995
Place of Birth: Sedgefield, South Africa
Education: North-West University
Nationality: South African
Partner: Tim Tebow (2018–)
Parents: Anne-Mari Steenkamp, Bennie Peters
Occupation: Model, Beauty pageant titleholder
Height: 1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)
Title: Miss South Africa 2017
Miss Universe 2017
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Hazel
Major competition(s): Miss South Africa 2017 (Winner)
Miss Universe 2017 (Winner)
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (born 28 June 1995), also known as Demi Nel-Peters, is a South African model and former beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2017. She was crowned Miss South Africa 2017, and is the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa, following Margaret Gardiner who was crowned Miss Universe 1978.
Early life and education
Nel-Peters was born on 28 June 1995 in Sedgefield, Western Cape, to Bennie Peters and Anne-Marie Steenkamp. Her half-sister, Franje, had cerebellar agenesis, and Nel-Peters said that she was the most significant motivator in her life; Franje later died on 4 May 2019, which Nel-Peters confirmed on her Instagram. While pursuing a bachelor's degree in business management and entrepreneurship from North-West University, Nel-Peters modeled part-time for Boss Models and Vision Management Cape Town.
Nel-Peters graduated from university in March 2017, a few days before winning the Miss South Africa 2017 competition. She is fluent in both English and Afrikaans.
Miss South Africa 2017
Nel-Peters began her pageantry career representing Western Cape in the Miss South Africa 2017 competition on March 26, 2017, which she won. As Miss South Africa, she had the right to represent South Africa in both Miss World 2017 and Miss Universe 2017, but since the dates of the two pageants coincided, she was sent only to Miss Universe, held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miss Universe 2017
In the final round Steve Harvey asked Nel-Peters, "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?" She said:
When asked about what she thought was the most important issue regarding women in the workplace, she said:
She went on to win the competition and was crowned Miss Universe 2017 by outgoing titleholder Iris Mittenaere. Nel-Peters is the second titleholder from South Africa; Margaret Gardiner won Miss Universe 1978.
Nel-Peters said during a segment at Miss Universe that she wants to use her self-defence workshops to help as many women as she can. This stems from an incident a month after she was crowned Miss South Africa, when she was carjacked at Hyde Park. She handed over her car keys but was forced into her car by the carjackers. She punched one of them in the throat and managed to run away and get help.
In her capacity as Miss Universe, Nel-Peters visited the Philippines (twice), Indonesia (twice), Thailand (twice), France, Mexico (twice), Ecuador, India, Lebanon, Egypt, Malaysia, various cities in the United States, and her home country, South Africa.
Nel-Peters ended her reign on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, the host nation of the 2018 Miss Universe pageant. She eventually crowned Catriona Gray of the Philippines as her successor.
During her reign as Miss Universe 2017, Nel-Peters began dating Tim Tebow, a former professional American football quarterback and current professional baseball outfielder for New York Mets minor league affiliates. She celebrated her first American Thanksgiving with his family at their home. During her farewell at Miss Universe 2018, Nel-Peters thanked Tebow for his support. Nel-Peters and Tebow became engaged on 9 January 2019 at Tebow's family farm in Jacksonville, Florida.
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