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From 92 women around the world, the coveted title went to Miss South Africa, whose name is Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

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

While a majority of South Africans were showering Nel-Peters with praises and congratulating her after her win, some, including highly opinionated South African poet Ntsiki Mazwai, think Miss Jamaica should have won.

"She is a woman that nothing is ever too much is asked for and that's exactly who I am", Nel-Peters said.

Shortly after walking onto the stage with her short Afro style, Twitter was abuzz with myriad complimentary comments, such as, "All of that natural hair, melanated black girl magic!", and "MISS JAMAICA'S AFRO IS GIVING ME ALL TYPES OF LIFE!" She also works with deaf students and is involved in the development of a new sign language app.

Nel-Peters, 22, a business management graduate from North-West University, bested 91 other contestants and was crowned as the 66th Miss Universe by her predecessor Iris Mittenaere of France.

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In the pageant's 66th year, almost 100 women from around the world-including first-timers from Cambodia, Laos and Nepal- took part.

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett said men and women should come together to make sure no form of abuse, including sexual harassment, is tolerated.

The crowning of Nel-Peters evoked mixed reactions across the world and from different countries that had their own top contenders in the competition. Several judges score the women in these competitions, at their discretion, and choose the victor of Miss Universe.

Jamaican beauty Davina Bennett was the second runner-up, while Colombian beauty Laura Gonzalez was the first runner-up.

TV host Steve Harvey redeemed himself this year after the 2015 blooper in which he named the wrong contestant as the victor. This year's judges included YouTube star Lele Pons, former judge of "America's Next Top Model" Jay Manuel and Wendy Fitzwilliam, the 1998 Miss Universe victor from Trinidad and Tobago.

"The Universe is now brighter with you as a shining star".