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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture by Jacques: Wild Info
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture by Jacques: Wild Info
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture by Jacques: Wild Info
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture by Jacques: Wild Info

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture by Jacques: Wild Info
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture by Jacques: Wild Info
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture by Jacques: Wild Info
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Welcome home Miss Universe.

There was no way Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was going to be able to sneak into her home town of Sedgefield without anyone noticing. Instead, the beauty queen was greeted with a parade and luncheon in the small Garden Route town that has adopted the nickname of “Slow Town” and the mascot of a tortoise. Certainly, when Demi-Leigh returned there on Sunday for the first time after being crowned as Miss Universe last November, there was nothing slow about the town’s response.

A lunch in her honour was held at Montecellos Restaurant in Sedgefield, and was attended by family and friends, media representatives and a number of VIP guests, including George Executive Mayor, Malvin Naik, and Knysna Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies. Demi-Leigh thanked all the people for the support during the run up to the Miss Universe pageant and pledged that her heart remains where her home is, and Sedgefield is her home.

During a conversation with the Wild News, Demi-Leigh said she was looking forward to feeling the Garden Route beach sand under her feet again, and taking a walk on one of her hometown’s beaches would be a definite highlight of her first visit back to the area since winning the title for South Africa for the first time in 40 years.

After the lunch, Demi-Leigh was rushed away for a parade through the streets of Sedgefield, with large crowds lining the streets, welcoming her back and hoping to get a glimpse or a picture of her. She then went on to address a crowd which gathered on the sports field of Sedgefield Primary School, the school where she was head girl in 2009.

“I am thankful for the opportunity Miss Universe organisers have created for people like me to inspire others. I hope that this also shows everyone, especially the little ones here today, that you should always reach for your dreams. With hard work and dedication, anything is possible,” Demi-Leigh said.


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