Based on the “beauty and brain” criteria, many pageant critics seem to have picked out Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters as a favourite to win the Miss Universe pageant.
If the odds click, SA will have the pleasure of bringing the crown home after 39 long years.
Later this month, miss Demi-Leigh will go up against 96 other beautiful contestants at the pageant. The Western Cape beauty has been working hard in preparation for the event which comes up on November 26 in Las Vegas.
While she has promised to “dedicate and commit” herself “to the task of bringing the crown home to South African, Demi-Leigh seems to have the support of critics already. Though this looks good for her, she still needs to bring her A-game to win the coveted title. Nevertheless, some critics have gone as far as marking Demi-Leigh as the number-one contender.
Pageant experts have declared the B.Comm graduate an early favourite to make it to the final stages. She has the looks and sure possesses the brains of a true beauty queen. Other favourites in the top 5 include Miss Vietnam, Miss Mexico, Miss Iceland and Miss Philippines.
For Demi-Leigh, winning the Miss Universe title is top priority right now and she has been preparing for it since she won the Miss SA title in March. She also has an awesome team of experts helping her through the journey. The 22-year-old left for America on Thursday.
Pageant coach Werner Wessels who previously worked with Rolene Strauss is helping her prepare for the competition. Strauss who won Miss South Africa in 2014 went on to win Miss World.
Meanwhile, Miss SA 2017 runner-up Adè van Heerden will be taking part in the Miss World pageant in China on November 18. Adè is filling in for Demi-Leigh, who cannot attend due to her commitments with the Miss Universe pageant.
Just like Demi-Leigh, Adè has also been declared a favourite to win Miss World. She’s declared one of the top contenders alongside Miss India, Miss France, Miss Russia and Miss Mexico.