Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters arrived back in South Africa today for the first time since being crowned Miss Universe. She was met at OR Tambo International Airport by Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu.
Nel-Peters is the first Miss Universe to come out of South Africa since 1978, and the very first in the democratic dispensation.
Nel-Peters will now embark on a week-long celebration that includes visits to Cape Town and her hometown, Sedgefield.
As Miss Universe, Nel-Peters will work to empower women around the globe through her Unbreakable campaign, an initiative she previously created in South Africa by partnering with self-defence experts to educate, empower and train women on how to handle situations including various forms of assault, toxic relationships and sexual harassment.
During her visit to South Africa, Nel-Peters will host Unbreakable workshops in both Soweto and Cape Town with members of the community. She will also revisit victims of the Knysna fires who were beneficiaries of her fund-raising efforts for disaster relief in 2017.
Nel-Peters says she is thrilled to officially return home: “I can’t begin to express my gratitude and how proud I am to represent our country as Miss Universe. Being a global ambassador is as much a responsibility as it is an honour. Our nation is comprised of many different backgrounds and cultures, one of the many things that makes me immensely proud to be a South African. I am very excited to celebrate this achievement with my people in the spirit of Mzansi.”
Her whistle-stop tour includes a street parade in Sedgefield; an experience at South Africa’s most prestigious horse-racing event The Sun Met as well as meeting with dignitaries and former Miss South Africa title holders at Cell C’s head office.