South African beauty, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the winner of the 2017 Miss Universe Crown, is set to marry Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner, national champion, first-round NFL draft pick, minor-league baseball player.The 31-year-old Tim Tebow on Wednesday asked his girlfriend, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, to marry him at his family’s farm outside Jacksonville, Florida, according to People.
So who is Nel-Peters?
Here are five things to know about her.
She won Miss Universe
Nel-Peters, from South Africa, was crowned Miss Universe in 2017.
She was once carjacked at gunpoint
She told NBC that she was the victim of a carjacking in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2017. “I could see three guns in total between the five men,” she said. “I managed to escape from the car, pull myself back up. I punched (one) guy in the throat, because I knew I had to create a window of opportunity for myself.”
She now uses her platform to raise awareness of the importance of women being trained in self-defense.
Her sister is her inspiration
“My half-sister was born without a cerebellum and is completely disabled,” she said, per the Miss Universe website. “She is my biggest motivator and inspiration, because her situation makes me realize how special life is, and I always want to work twice as hard, enjoy life twice as much so that I can enjoy it for her as well. Therefore each experience I encounter is that much more special.”
She graduated from North West University
She earned a degree in business management from the university, located in South Africa.
She’s an advocate for equal pay
“In some places, women get paid 75 percent of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right,” she said during the Miss Universe Q&A segment. “I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”