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HO/The Miss Universe Organization/Matt Petit Former Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, right, crowns new Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at the Miss Universe pageant. AP/John Locher Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa was crowned the victor of the 66th edition of Miss Universe.

In the end, it came down to Demi-Leigh against Laura Gonzalez from Colombia, who was eventually named the runner-up, while Davina Bennett from Jamaica was second runner-up.

Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition.

They were asked: What quality in yourself that you are most proud of and how do you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?

Along with the title, Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes.

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As she said made her final walk at the Axis Theater in Las Vegas, on Sunday, November 26 (Monday, November 27 in Manila), Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere looked every inch a beauty queen, wearing a red ombre gown by Filipino designer Michael Cinco. After various rounds of competition, this year's victor beat out 91 other women for the crown, and it could not have been more deserving!

Hailing from Sedgefield in the Western Cape, Nel-Peters dedicated her win to South Africa.

During the competition, fans of the pageant submitted the questions that the final five contestants were asked.

Bennett, emerged from a field of 92 contestants from across the globe. There will be musical performances from former Black-Eyed-Pea Fergie, and from Rachel Platten, best known for her 2015 hit "Fight Song". Model Ashley Graham will also host. Instead, she was the first contestant to be called for the wild card semi-finalists announcement that completed the Top 16.

The night before the contest, Peters shared on Instagram: "I've learnt so much about myself these last few days and have made many wonderful friends that no matter what happens tomorrow, I already feel like a victor!"

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