Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa was hailed as the 66th Miss Universe on Monday, Nov. 27, Philippine time. This is only the second crown won by South Africa in the past 66 years.
Miss Universe was first held in 1952, with Armi Kuusela from Finland as the first winner. To date, Finland has a won a total of two crowns.
Historically, the United States has had the most crowns among all countries, with the latest being won in 2012 by Olivia Culpo. The US has won eight crowns, or 12 percent of the total. This is followed by Venezuela with seven and Puerto Rico with five.
The Philippines comes fourth with three crowns so far, tied with Sweden. Pia Wurtzbach won the country’s latest crown in 2015, following the steps of Gloria Diaz, who won the title in 1969, and Margarita Moran, who was crowned in 1973.
The Philippines also hosted the pageant earlier this year at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, the year after Wurtzbach won. Chavit Singson, a Filipino politician, sponsored the event.
Thirty-three countries have been able to take home the crown at least once in the past 65 years. In this year’s pageant alone, a total of 91 contestants from different countries entered and competed with each other.
The Miss Universe 2017 was held at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Laura González of Colombia was hailed as the first runner-up and Davina Bennett of Jamaica as the second runner-up.
Rachel Peters, the Philippines’ bet this year, made it to the Top 10 but failed to secure a place in the Top Five.