A South African woman who helps train Women in self-defense is crowned Miss Universe at the pageant held in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and miss Jamaica also making it to the final three.

Demi-Leigh Nel-peters, 22, who unleashed a big smile when she won, hails from western cape province and recently earned a business management degree from north-west university.

Her passion for self-Defence was reinforced when she was hijacked and held at gunpoint about a month after winning her title as Miss South Africa,

Miss Colombia, Laura González, 22, was the first runner-up. She has been preparing to be an actress since the age of 16.

The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, 21. She is a model pursuing a degree in marketing at the university of the West Indies.