The new Miss Universe is teaching everyone self-defence for a very important reason
And it’s incredibly empowering.
The Miss World contest came to an end on Sunday night, with the new Miss Universe crowned as Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, beating out the other 92 competitors.
The 22-year-old represented South Africa in the competition – and after seeing her campaign platform dedicated to female self defence skills, we can definitely see why she won.
‘As Miss South Africa, I was able to launch my own campaign called Unbreakable,’ the new Miss Universe explained. ‘My campaign consists of getting specialists in their field together to equip women around South Africa with the necessary skills and knowledge on how to empower themselves – not only emotionally, but physically as well.’
South Africa, thank you for support and love throughout my journey. I may be the new Miss Universe but I will always be your Miss South Africa – we did it! 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/QwHAXGsdVA
— Demi-LeighNel-Peters (@DemiLeighNP) November 27, 2019
Demi-Leigh chose self defence as the focus of her campaign as it was an issue close to her heart, with the 22-year-old herself being hijacked and held at gunpoint just one month after winning Miss South Africa.
Now she’s making sure other women are better equipped than she was to deal with the situation – and it’s incredibly inspiring.
‘I think the important thing is to know that we all have things as humans that we go through,’ she explained. ‘It’s OK not to have a perfect life and it’s OK to have emotion, and have feelings.
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