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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Boston University student and 'cellist nerd' beats 88 rivals to become first American crowned as Miss Universe in 15 years


Crowning achievement: Miss USA, Olivia Culpo reacts after being named Miss Universe 2012 beside last year's winner Leila Lopes of Angola, right, during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

A 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and a self-described 'cellist-nerd' brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest on Wednesday.
Olivia Culpo beat 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola during the two-hour competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Culpo wore a tight navy blue mini-dress with a sequined bodice as she walked on stage for the competition's opening number.

Swarmed: Miss Culpo is surrounded by contestants after being crowned Miss Universe 2012

Costume change: Miss Culpo went from sexy to elegant as she switched from the swimsuit portion of the night to the evening gown competition

Later in the night, she strutted in a purple and blue bikini, and donned a wintery red velvet gown with a plunging neckline. Culpo's coronation ends a long losing spell for the U.S. in the competition co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC.
An American had not won the right to be called Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.

You're hired! Donald Trump and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo

Culpo was good enough during preliminary competitions to be chosen as one of 16 semifinalists who moved on to compete in the pageant's finale.
Her bid lasted through swimsuit, evening wear, and interview competitions that saw cuts after each round. She won over the judges, even after tripping slightly during the evening gown competition. Telecasters pointed it out but also noted her poised recovery.

Walk this way: 20-year-old Culpo competes in the swimwear section of the competition

She told the Today show on Thursday that with the heels and gown she was wearing it was inevitable she tripped and was lucky not to 'fall flat on her face'.
She also said that in her new role as Miss Universe, she would be using her ability to travel internationally to raise awareness of HIV/Aids.

This way to the pool: Miss Turkey 2012, Cagil Ozge Ozkul, left, and Miss Mexico, Karina Gonzalez, right, strut their stuff in the swimsuit competition

Minutes before Miss Culpo was crowned on Wednesday night, she was asked whether she had she had ever done something she regretted.
'I'd like to start off by saying that every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you'll learn from it.
'That's just life,' she said. 'But something I've done I've regretted is probably picking on my siblings growing up, because you appreciate them so much more as you grow older.'

On display: Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus, left, and Miss Peru, Nicole Faveron, right, grace the stage

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third.
All the contestants spent the past two weeks in Sin City, where they posed in hardhats at a hotel groundbreaking, took a painting lesson, and played pranks on hotel guests by hiding in their rooms.

Keep smiling! Miss USA 2012, Olivia Culpo, Miss Australia 2012, Renae Ayris, and Miss Philippines 2012, Janine Tugonon, appear on stage after being named as top five finalists following the evening gown competition

Friends to the end: Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, left, holds hands with Miss USA Olivia Culpo before the decision was announced

The pageant started as a local revue in Long Beach, California, organized by Catalina Swimwear.
It is not affiliated with the Miss America pageant and unlike that contest, does not include a talent section.
Contestants in the pageant cannot have been married or have children. They must be younger than 27 and older than 18 by February 1 of the competition year.
As Miss Universe, Culpo will receive an undisclosed salary, a wardrobe fit for a queen, a limitless supply of beauty products, and a luxury apartment in New York City.

Glamour: Miss Hungary Agnes Konkoly, left, and Miss Australia, Renae Ayris, right, wear similar two-pieces during the swimsuit competition

source: dailymail

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