RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 26: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned as Miss South Africa 2017 with her are Boipelo Mabe and Adè van Heerden during the crowning of Miss SA 2017 beauty pageant at Sun City Superbowl on March 26, 2017 in Rustenburg, South Africa. South Africa’s national beauty pageant grand finale. From its inception, the Miss South Africa pageant has attracted thousands of beautiful, empowered women from across the nation. (Photo by Gallo Images / Frennie Shivambu)

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters’ journey from Miss Varsity Cup to Miss South Africa

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The 26th of March was the night, as she would describe it, when all her hard work, dedication, focus and perseverance paid off. Crowned Miss Varsity Cup back in 2015 at Shimla-Park in Bloemfontein, two years on and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has gone on to claim the ultimate title in Sun City this year – Miss South Africa.

“Being Miss South Africa is a great honour but also a huge responsibility. I am representing the whole of South Africa and that excites me because I get to show the world what a warm, beautiful nation we are,” said Nel-Peters.

Miss Varsity Cup was a great learning school according to Nel-Peters in her journey towards Miss South Africa.

“As Miss Varsity Cup I learned how important it is to for one to be relatable to your peers as well as what it takes to represent not only my varsity, NWU-Pukke, but also students all around South Africa. Miss Varsity Cup certainly offered me a big platform to reach out to students and for that I will be forever grateful,” said Nel-Peters.

She made it clear that competitions such as Miss Varsity Cup and Miss South Africa are definitely still relevant in our society.


“Competitions like Miss SA and Miss Varsity Cup offer you the opportunity to be ambassadors who represent a big group of people such as students or even the country as a whole. To me Miss South Africa is a voice to the voiceless, she is a beacon of hope and she is the physical representation of a young South African woman who can make her dreams come true,” said Nel-Peters.

Nel-Peters is determined to focus on a few big projects during her year of reign instead of hundreds of small initiatives.

“As a BComm Business Management and Entrepreneurship graduate from the NWU-Pukke, entrepreneurship truly excites me. I want to help women in South Africa by giving them the necessary tools they need in order to start and successfully manage their own businesses,” said Nel-Peters.

The most challenging part of being newly crowned is without a doubt the packing.

“Goodness, have you ever tried fitting three weeks of clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags, make-up, hair styling appliances, and a steamer into two bags?,” joked Nel-Peters.

She would love to share advice with females through a quote, which had a big impact on the way she lives her life.

“The woman who follows the crowd is likely to go no further than the crowd, but the woman who follows her own footsteps is likely to find herself in places no one else has ever been.” – Albert Einstein.

She emphasises that if you believe in something, you should believe in it all the way.

“Don’t expect great results with poor effort. It definitely wasn’t easy winning Miss South Africa. It took months of hard work, sacrifices and a lot of dedication,” said Nel-Peters.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who is only 21 years old, will attend the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International final on the 17th of April at the Tuks Rugby Stadium to show her support.

Could we see the next Miss South Africa crowned as Miss Varsity Cup 2017 is announced?

By Raynique Meyer


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