Miss Universe on Sexual Misconduct Claims: Together, Women 'Are Unbreakable' - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Miss Universe on Sexual Misconduct Claims: Together, Women 'Are Unbreakable'

The topic arose during Sunday's competition when a fan-submitted question asked why it's important for men and women to work together to address the issue of sexual misconduct

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Miss Universe on Sexual Misconduct Claims: Together, Women 'Are Unbreakable'
    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
    Miss Universe host Steve Harvey speaks with Miss South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, after she was named a top 16 finalist at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 26, 2017.

    Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters didn't shy away when asked to comment on sexual harassment just after being crowned.

    "If women take hands and stand together, we are unbreakable," said the 22-year-old representative from South Africa, "and we can say no to the things that are wrong in the workplace, at home or wherever you might go."

    In the U.S., dozens of politicians, Hollywood executives and actors, and media personalities are facing accusations of sexual misconduct, sparked by a wave of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

    The topic arose during Sunday's competition when a fan-submitted question asked why it's important for men and women to work together to address the issue of sexual misconduct.

    Lady Gaga Plummets Off Stage in Fan's Arms at Vegas Show

    [NATL] Lady Gaga Plummets Off Stage in Fan's Arms at Vegas Show

    Lady Gaga took a scary fall after she jumped onto a fan at one of her Las Vegas shows, causing them both to stumble backwards and off the stage.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

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

    "Sexual harassment is a form of abuse, and no abuse should be tolerated whether in the workplace or in society," Bennett said.

    Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned during the event at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

    The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while Bennett finished as the second runner-up.

    Nel-Peters is from the South African coastal community of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province. She helped develop a program to train women in self-defense in various situations after she was robbed at gunpoint a month after she was crowned as Miss South Africa.

    She also said she wants to champion other causes during her yearlong reign.

    Samir Hussein/WireImage

    "HIV/AIDS is a very big problem in my country South Africa, so I hope to stand as an advocate for that," she said after the event.

    She is the second woman from her home country to earn the crown.

    Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year's edition had the most contestants ever, including the first representatives in its history of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.

    Steve Harvey returned as the show's host despite botching the 2015 Miss Universe crowning. On Sunday, he poked fun at his mistake throughout the night. Three days after people in the U.S. celebrated Thanksgiving, Harvey told the audience he is "grateful for the Oscars," referring to the best-picture flub at this year's Academy Awards.

    Grammy-Award winner Fergie performed her new song "A Little Work" while the contestants walked down the stage wearing evening gowns. 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 winner from Trinidad and Tobago.

    Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary and a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign as well as more prizes.

    Ellen DeGeneres Gifted Portia de Rossi A Lamborghini

    [NATL-AH] Ellen DeGeneres Gifted Portia de Rossi A Lamborghini

    Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi talk with Access Hollywood's Kit Hoover at "Gorillapalooza," where they talk about how Ellen gives such great gifts – like the car Ellen gifted Portia after she had admired Kris Jenner's Lamborghini! 

    (Published Monday, Oct. 14, 2019)

    Donald Trump formerly co-owned The Miss Universe Organization with NBCUniversal (which owns this station). But the network and the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision quickly cut ties with him in 2015, when he offended Hispanics with anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his bid for the White House. Trump sued both networks, eventually settling and selling off the entire pageant to talent management company WME/IMG.