Ashley Graham Criticizes Miss Universe Pageant for Not Including Curvy Contestants

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Nel-Peters, 22, who is a model from Sedgefield, took on her reign as Miss South Africa on March 26, at Sun City, but was later criticised when a fellow contestant told the media the pageant had been rigged.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa, has been crowned Miss Universe.

The other African, Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, eventually emerged victor.

MANILA, Philippines - Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach congratulated the 2017 candidates of Miss Universe - including Philippine bet Rachel Peters - for a job well done.

Peters finished in the Top 10 of Miss Universe 2017, which was won by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. At the time, he co-owned The Miss Universe Organization with NBCUniversal, but the network and the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision quickly cut ties with him, refusing to air the show.

The runner-up was actress Laura Gonzalez of Colombia, who was followed by second runner-up Davina Bennett of Jamaica.

"She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for", she said.

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Peters then advanced to the top 10 and competed for the evening gown competition.

During her Q&A session, Nel-Peters condemned the continued discrimination of women in the workplace, saying in some places women are paid "75 percent of what men earn for doing the same amount of work".

After that incident, Nel-Peters made a decision to start training other women in personal self-defense.

Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa also greeted Peters. "Our Davina left her mark on the world and is an inspiration to other Jamaican young women".

"We haven't had a Miss Universe from South Africa in 39 years, so this one is for you".

Making their debuts in this year's pageant were Laos' Souphaphone Somvichith, Cambodia's By Sotheary and Nepal's Nagma Shrestha.

In an interview with Fox News, Graham criticized Miss Universe and its American counterpart, Miss USA, for not featuring a single curvy contestant in their 60-plus-year runs.

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