In case you missed it, Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is the new Miss Universe! Decked out in her sheer body-hugging frock, the South African beauty took home the crown, but it wasn’t the same crown that our very own Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere wore in the previous years.
If you have been keeping up with the pageant since the early 2000s then you might have seen the pearl and diamond tiara called ‘Mikimoto’ in the past. Miss Universe 2002 Russia Oxana Fedorova was the first beauty queen to wear the Japanese-designed headpiece. And fittingly, Miss Universe 2007 Japan Riyo Mori was the last titleholder to take home the $250,000 crown. According to Sunstar, it features 500 diamonds of almost 30 carats and 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls.
While we have yet to know why Miss Universe opted for the vintage tiara instead of the latest $300,000 ‘DIC’ crown, see how breathtaking it looks on the newly-crowned Miss Universe.
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