WATCH: Demi-Leigh looks regal in red as SA welcomes her home

Cape Town - Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters arrived back in South Africa for the first time since being crowned Miss Universe on Wednesday. 

The dark-haired beauty walked through the international arrivals doors at O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to a crowd of adoring fans, aspiring beauty queens, friends and family.

South Africans were met with a radiant Demi-Leigh wearing a red jumpsuit and gorgeous side-swept locks. 

The 22-year-old from Sedgefield was welcomed home by her parents, who hadn't seen their daughter since she crowned Miss Universe in November.

The Juice and Channel24 spoke to an excited Miss Teen Commonwealth South Africa 2017 Micaela Govender who spoke about how much Demi-Leigh has inspired her, saying: "The confidence she inspires in young people is something that I admire. She is a beautiful and elegant lady."

Demi-Leigh's pageant coach - Werner Wessels - let us in on pageant secret he shared with her before the Miss Universe pageant: " [I told Demi-Leigh] If you get to the top two, make sure you're hands are on top, cause there is a superstition in pageantry that the girl who's hands are on top is going to win."

And guess what? She did!

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