Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters recalled how she punched her hijackers during an interview on American talk show, LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
The 22-year-old visited the show as part of her NYC press tour for the pageant.
“It’s something that’s very unfortunate, and it’s quite common in South Africa,” she said when Ryan Seacrest asked her about the incident.
Demi says she did a women’s empowerment course three months before the incident that taught her how to react in a hijacking situation.
“I was taught to surrender immediately, get out of the car. When I was about to run away he grabbed me and pushed me back into the car,” she added.
Demi told the hosts that she decided to punch her hijacker in the throat – something that she would not recommend people do when faced with a similar situation.
The Western Cape beauty has been hard at work conducting interviews, and also appeared on Good Morning America, a popular morning talk show which was recorded live from Times Square.
She talked about her ‘Unbreakable’ campaign – which was inspired by her hijacking ordeal – during the interview.
Demi-Leigh also chatted to several other local publications on day one of her media obligations.
“How amazing to be able to share my stories, passions and ambitions with the Universe,” she captioned a picture of herself being interviewed by Inside Edition.
It’s been a busy few days for SA’s golden girl, but she appears to be adapting well to her new life as Miss Universe.
She moved into her new apartment in New York this week, and posted a picture of herself, and all her luggage, outside the building
“My home for the next year,” she wrote.
While her NYC pad will serve as her base throughout her reign, Demi will be travelling a lot for her Miss Universe duties – which means “home” could be living out of a suitcase.
But Demi-Leigh is not complaining.
Despite her busy schedule, she managed to squeeze in some sightseeing in ‘The Big Apple’.
“Eating NY cheese cake on a bench in Times Square…. Bucket list item,” she captioned a picture from Times Square.
Lily Rose – All4Women
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