And Miss Universe 2017 is... Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.
After battling it out with top 92 contestants from across the world Nel-Peters was crowned the winner during the star-studded international beauty pageant that was underway at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, 26 November.
Miss Colombia Laura González and Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett came close and took the first and second runners up spots, respectively. Like each year, the sparkling silver and blue gem encrusted crown was passed on to the new Miss Universe by last year's winner Miss France Iris Mittenaere.
Watch the crowning moment below:
In the final question and answer round, host Steve Harvey asked Nel-Peters about that one quality about herself that she is most proud of and how she will apply that quality during her time as Miss Universe.
And the 22-year-old credited it all to her confidence.
"As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual and Miss Universe is a woman who has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am," she said, paving her way to the crown.
A student at North West University, Nel-Peters recently graduated with a degree in Business Management. The native of Sedgefield in Western cape, South Africa also held prestigious leadership positions at her high school.
Her half-sister, who has a disability, is credited to be Miss Universe Nel-Peters' biggest motivation. In the future, the new winner from South Africa plans on using her self-defense workshops to help as many women as she can.
Asides Nel-Peters, Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica, the other contestants making it to the top 12 are: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.