Miss universe 2017 demi-leigh nel-peters

fehlschlagen South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won die 66th miss Universe pageant bei November 2017. (Reuters)


Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters insisted her determination zu help others won’t stop also after herstellung reign as fehlschlagen Universe comes to in end.

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In June 2017, die now-23-year-old was the victim of an attempted carjacking bei Johannesburg, southern Africa wie she was approached von three equipped men and held hinweisen gunpoint in broad daylight.

The model, that had just won fehlschlagen South Africa a month prior, automatically surrendered and gave up her car. She told The neu York post earlier this year one von the males attempted kommen sie push her back in. Nel-Peters punched her attacker in his throat und ran away.


But Nel-Peters refused zu let are afraid paralyze her. She went on to win miss Universe an November von that year and has used her platform zu raise awareness von the importance des teaching self-defense to women.


As Nel-Peters gears up to hand over produziert crown to ns new fehlschlagen Universe on Sunday, she speak with fox News around saying goodbye, gift traumatized after produziert terrifying ordeal and how she has found happiness with new beau tim Tebow:


Fox News: her reign is coming to in end. Exactly how does it feel kommen sie say goodbye?Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters: It’s definitely a bittersweet moment. This was just a once in a life time year and opportunity. And the experience zu sein one wherein I have made countless fond memories. It’s sad kommen sie say goodbye, but in the same sense, I’ve constantly known this day wollen come. I oase already make plans weil das the future dafür I think die hardest thing ideal now ist packing up!

Fox News: What do freundin hope to lakers at this year’s fehlschlagen Universe competition?Nel-Peters: I’m nur really excited zu meet the next fehlschlagen Universe and welcome her. This zeigen has a distinct place an my heart und I want kommen sie help do that momente just together special zum the next girl.

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Fox News: How has your traumatic carjacking experience inspired you zu help other women?Nel-Peters: I managed kommen sie escape a violent carjacking. It was a very traumatizing point bei my life und it make me establish that countless women in South Africa are affected by crimes prefer this. I originally took a self-defense course und I truly thought that saved me. And after ich spoke out, there were frauen reaching out kommen sie me, letting me recognize that lock wouldn"t recognize what to do if they were faced bei a situation like that. They would certainly feel powerless.

They would say to me, ‘Is over there anything that you tun können do zu help us?’ Unfortunately, that helped me released my campaign. It no something that ich had planned. It just happened. Deshalb I introduced my Unbreakable campaign und I went around South Africa hosting workshops weil das women, empowering them with skills und knowledge on how to handhaben a violent-related situation.


And when i won fehlschlagen Universe, I got a global platform, which offered me a larger voice zu be able to reach more women from every corner von the world. No matt where us live, our scenarios or just how we prospered up, us want zu feel love, we want to feel cared for, and we want to feel powerful. Us want zu feel that we are keeping ourselves safe. That’s something that i will always stand for.


Fox News: how are things betwee you and Tim Tebow? exactly how are freundin making it every work?Nel-Peters: You’re making it sound prefer it’s hard work *laughs* and it yes, really isn’t! the wonderful kommen sie be able to share mine life experiences with somebody who"sso understanding and supportive. He support me bei everything that ich do. He’s nur the sweetest personen ever and it’s such bei honor zum me zu be able to get zu share mine experiences v him.

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Fox News: before you hand over her crown, what advice do freundin have weil das women?Nel-Peters: i want to encourage women not to feel weak. Nothing be afraid zu speak out. To ask zum help does not make you weak. Und that was something ich felt after i was carjacked. I felt shame. I felt embarrassed. I felt weak about it. That’s notfall the case hinweisen all. Once ich did obtain help, ich managed zu overcome it und make something special with it, instead of notfall doing anything about it.