The newly crowned Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters visited Bishopscourt, in Cape Town, on Monday during her homecoming tour to share some of her recent adventures as Miss Universe.
In her speech, she spoke about where her work ethic stems from, her experience and the Golden Globes, her Unbreakable campaign and her plans for women empowerment going forward.
When it came to her attendance at this year’s Golden Globes, the second South African Miss Universe explained her reason for supporting the #TimesUp campaign.
“I supported the Time’s Up campaign by wearing black. I didn’t think any woman puts herself in a position like that deliberately. So, I truly applaud women who have come forward and said no to what is wrong. It takes one person to implement change and to stop the same horrible things from happening to a friend or a sister", she advocated.
The Time's Up movement clearly struck a nerve with the 22-year-old having faced an attempted hijacking early last year, which led Nel-Peters to launch the Unbreakable campaign because of the incident. The campaign aims to “empower women” when faced with life-threatening situations.
Miss Universe also touched on the struggles as a woman and how social media affects her day-to-day life. She recently recently hit the one million followers mark on Instagram, but her popularity hasn't come without its downsides.
Nel-Peters spoke on cyberbullying and how the "bad comments" affects her. The beauty queen spoke of a social media user who keeps creating a new profile to harass her, despite blocking the user several times.
“It’s horrible and bad to hear things like that you know, it's just bad comments and threats and it’s not something nice to see. I try not to read all my comments and I try to stay focused and I try not to get sidetracked,” she explained.
Local TV and radio presenters Leigh-Anne Williams and Zeo Brown were also in attendance at the high tea hosted by CHI hair care, the official hair care provider for Miss Universe, with former Miss World Rolene Strauss also dropping by to support her fellow beauty queen.
After visiting her hometown, Sedgefield, and Cape Town, Joburg marked the end of Nel-Peters' homecoming tour, as she heads back to New York on Tuesday.