And after 39 years, Peters has taken home the crown.
"She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for", she said.
During the show, Nel-Peters also shared the story of literally being abducted by car-jackers on the night of being crowned Miss South Africa, and how she channeled the trauma into running self-defense programs for young women in her country.
Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned during the event at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Nel-Peters is from the South African coastal community of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province. Miss Universe has to overcome her fears and teach others to do the same.
In the final question and answer round, host Steve Harvey asked Nel-Peters about that one quality about herself that she is most proud of and how she will apply that quality during her time as Miss Universe.
Runners-up Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez was adjudged the first runner up while Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett became the second runner-up.
A total of 92 women from around the world competed for the Miss Universe 2017 title.
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Her feat is the eighth consecutive top 10 finish of the Philippines at Miss Universe.
The comic joked he was "thankful for the Oscars" for taking the heat away from his gaffe, referring to the botched "best picture" announcement at the 2016 academy awards.
Donald Trump formerly co-owned The Miss Universe Organization with NBCUniversal.
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