The world’s current Miss Universe has told of a time she almost didn’t make it to the international competition after a kidnapping attempt had her fearing for her life.
In an interview with Page Six, South African-born Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters spoke of how she was held up at gunpoint in Johannesburg just a month after she won Miss South Africa last year.
“It was on June 7 of last year…I was in South Africa on my way to an event, and I was carjacked by five guys,” the 22-year-old said.
“It was scary — but the magic of that was I did a women’s empowerment course about three months prior to the incident, where they taught me what to do if you go through a situation like that. I was driving and I stopped at a red traffic light in broad daylight… When I saw the weapons, I immediately surrendered and gave up the car. But when I got out of the car, the guy actually tried to push me back in… I said to myself, ‘I’d rather be shot here than kidnapped and never be seen again.’