Zahi Hawass welcomes Miss Universe 2017 to Pyramid of King Khufu

Reham El-Adawi, Saturday 6 Oct 2018

Zahi Hawass welcomes Miss Universe 2017 at the Pyramid of King Khufu

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Zahi Hawass and Miss Africa Demi Lee at King Khufu Pyramid (Photo: Ayman Barayez)

Internationally acclaimed Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass accompanied on Friday Miss Universe and Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in a tour of the Giza Pyramid Complex, starting with the Pyramid of King Khufu.

Nel-Peters is visiting Egypt for the first time, upon the invitation of Hoda Abboud, head of the Miss Egypt Contest.

During the tour, Hawass told Miss South Africa about the story of building the pyramids 5000 years ago.

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Hoda Abboud and Miss South Africa Demi Lee at the Great Pyramids (Photo: Ayman Barayez)

Hawass explained to Net-Peters that the pyramids were built to include the burial rooms for King Khufu and his wives and children.

She also queried as to who was considered the most beautiful Egyptian queen in history, and Hawass replied that “the most beautiful Egyptian queen ever was Queen Nefertiti."

Nel-Peters took an hour-long tour around the Pyramids of Giza on a camel named Sultan, posing for photos and selfies along the way.

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Demi Lee in a tour at the Giza Pyramids Plateau (Photo: Ayman Barayez)

For her tour, the winner of 2017 Miss Universe paegent was warmly received by archaeologist Ashraf Mohieddin, General Manager of Al-Haram Antiquities Youssef Mokhtar, Director of Tourism and Antiquities Department of Giza and Haram, as well as Inspector of Investigation Colonel Ahmed El-Husseini.

Born on 28 June 1995, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2017.

She was previously crowned Miss South Africa 2017.

She is the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa, after Margaret Gardiner was crowned Miss Universe 1978.

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