PICS: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters' journey to the Miss Universe crown

Johannesburg – With congratulatory posts pouring in for Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, it’s safe to say South Africans are proud of the beauty queen who has taken the title of Miss Universe 2017. 

From the start, the gorgeous star captured the hearts of fans. It’s been a year of ups and downs for Demi, but she’s held strong through it all. 

Take a look at some of our favourite snaps from Demi-Leigh's journey – from winning the Miss SA pageant in March to conquering the Miss Universe stage.

1. The crowing moment

Who could forget the day Demi-Leigh walked away with the Miss SA title?

The 22-year-old sparkled on stage as she greeted the crowd as the newly crowned Miss South Africa for the first time and The Juice was there to witness it all in March. 

2. Message to South Africans

We caught up with Demi just moments after she won the Miss SA pageant. Take a look at what she had to say.

3. Giving back

As part of her new role as Miss SA, Demi spent hours giving back to communities around the country. Check out some of our favourite snaps here.

4. Unbreakable

It was a tragic moment when Demi-leigh was involved in a hijacking in Johannesburg, but the star turned the terrible situation into something positive when she launched her Unbreakable campaign.

The campaign set out to empower women by giving them the skills needed to defend themselves should they be caught in a life-threatening situation. 

5. Bringing home the Miss Universe crown

After months of preparations, Demi-Leigh was crowned Miss Universe at the international pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday. Take a look at her crowing moment below.

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