The performance drew worldwide attention and admiration.
Wurtzbach, who sat as one of the judges of Miss Universe 2017, thanked Peters for making the Philippines proud.
Despite his major goof of awarding the wrong Miss Universe at the 2015 event, the celebrated American TV host Steve Harvey returned to host this year's show and as expected, he ensured he made fun of the mistake all night long. She says this has to stop forthwith.
Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters didn't shy away when asked to comment on sexual harassment just after being crowned.
The other African, Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, eventually emerged victor. Before bringing home the coveted title, Nel-Peters first impressed the judges with her well-thought-out responses to the question and answer round.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach commends Rachel Peters for her Top 10 finish in the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.
In the pageant's 66th year, almost 100 women from around the world-including first-timers from Cambodia, Laos and Nepal- took part.
Former Miss South Africas Cindy Nell, Liesl Laurie, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Kerishnie Naicker took to Instagram to applaud the new Miss Universe.
The runner-up was actress Laura Gonzalez of Colombia, who was followed by second runner-up Davina Bennett of Jamaica. You had an fantastic reign as Miss Universe.
Peters then advanced to the top 10 and competed for the evening gown competition.
South Africans started their work week on a high note with the news that our very own beauty queen was bringing home a top global pageant title. "Because not yet have we had a curvy girl in Miss Universe or even in the Miss USA pageant".
Top 3 finalists Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss Colombia 2017 Laura Gonzalez, and Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett (L-R) compete during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.