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5 things to know about the queen of the Universe

Nel-Peters began her pageantry career while competing in the Miss South Africa 2017 competition.

The model who hails from Western Cape Province recently earned a business management degree from North-West University.

Here are a few things to note about the new queen:

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1. The 22-year-old from Sedgefield in the Western Cape is the second South African to ever win the crown after Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

2. Nel-Peters began her pageantry career while competing in the Miss South Africa 2017 competition. Representing Western Cape, Nel-Peters was declared the winner of the competition.

3. Nel-Peters said during a segment at Miss Universe that she wants to use her self-defence workshops to help as many women as she can.

This comes from an incident a month after being crowned Miss South Africa when she was carjacked at Hyde Park, she handed over her car keys but was forced into her car by the carjackers. She punched one of her attackers in the throat and managed to run away and get help.

4. Nel-Peters was born on 28 June 1995 in Sedgefield, Western Cape to Bennie Peters and Anne-Mari Steenkamp.

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5. The beauty queen received a degree in business management from North-West University,[4][5] and is fluent in both English and Afrikaans.

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