Demi-Leigh Tebow, Former Miss SA, Faces Backlash Over Alleged ‘Fake’ American Accent

Demi-Leigh Tebow, Former Miss SA, Faces Backlash Over Alleged ‘Fake’ American Accent

Former Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Tebow, previously Nel-Peters, faces accusations of adopting a “fake” American accent once again.

This time, criticism arose after she posted a video discussing her forthcoming book, reigniting debates about her speech patterns since moving to the US.

Background of Demi-Leigh Tebow

Demi-Leigh, who clinched the titles of Miss South Africa and Miss Universe in 2017, hails from Sedgefield in the Western Cape.

Following her marriage to former athlete Tim Tebow in 2020, she relocated to Jacksonville, USA.

Announcement of Book Release

On March 18th, the 28-year-old shared news of her debut book, “A Crown that Lasts: You Are Not Your Label,” a Christian autobiography.

In her announcement, she expressed her hopes that her personal experiences and faith journey would resonate with readers.

Criticism Over Accent

Despite the book announcement, attention quickly turned to Demi-Leigh’s accent in the accompanying video message.

Social media users flooded the comments section, questioning the authenticity of her American accent and expressing confusion over its sudden appearance.

Reactions from Social Media

Comments ranged from skepticism about her accent’s authenticity to critiques of her focus on self-promotion rather than faith.

Some compared her accent transformation to comedian Trevor Noah’s or singer Tyla’s, who have maintained their South African pronunciations.

Past Instances of Accent Criticism

This isn’t the first time Demi-Leigh has faced scrutiny over her accent.

Late last year, she received similar backlash after sharing a video about Thanksgiving, where she showcased her favorite hot chocolate recipe.

Demi-Leigh Tebow’s Response

Speaking to People magazine, Demi-Leigh acknowledged the significance of her pageantry journey in shaping her identity.

She emphasized her pride in representing South Africa but also reflected on the transition she experienced after passing on her Miss Universe crown.


The ongoing debate surrounding Demi-Leigh Tebow’s accent highlights the complexities of identity and public perception.

As she navigates her career and personal life in the spotlight, scrutiny over her speech patterns underscores the nuanced relationship between cultural identity and global influence.

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