Thailand’s Maria reaches top 5 as Miss South Africa crowned Miss Universe 2017

Thailand’s Maria Poonlertlarp made it to the final five in Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas but failed to reach the top three.

Maria was named the five finalists along with contestants from South Africa, Jamaica, Colombia, and Venezuela and it was Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa who won the Miss Universe crown for 2017.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 26: Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2017 by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez. The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.

In the question and answer round, Maria was asked: “What do you think has been the most important social movement of your generation, and why?” and her answer was:

“I think the most important social movement so far is that we are having aging population, but the most important movement in our time is the youth. The youth is the future. The youth is something that we have to invest in because they are the ones who are going to look after the earth that we live in.”

Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the 66th Miss Universe 2017  pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday at 9.30 am on Bangkok time.

The winner will go home with a year-long salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes.

The 25-year-old Maria is 183-centimetre tall she is a Thai-Swedish model. She was graduated from Stockholm Business School. She is fluent in four languages – Thai, Swedish, English and Mandarin.