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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Miss Universe 2012 Winner: Miss USA Olivia Culpo; Miss Philippines, Miss Venezuela Hold Second

BY Kukil Bora

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Miss USA Culpo is congratulated by Miss Teen USA West and Miss Universe 2011 Lopes during Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old beauty queen from Rhode Island, won the Miss Universe 2012 crown Wednesday night at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, beating out 88 other competitors.
Culpo received the crown from Leila Lopes of Angola after walking in a purple and blue bikini and a red velvet gown. She answered a question about her regrets by saying she wished she hadn't picked on her siblings, the Associated Press has reported.

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Miss USA Olivia Culpo reacts after being crowned during the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.

Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon held the second spot, followed by Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero; Miss Australia, Renae Ayris; and Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus in the fourth and fifth spots respectively.
This was the 61st year of the Annual Miss Universe contest that started in 1952 with Finland's Armi Kuusela winning the crown. This year contestants from 89 countries in six continents took part, spending the last couple of weeks in Sin City.

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Miss USA Olivia Culpo competes in swimsuit portion of Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.

The top five advanced from the top 10 by defeating Miss France, Marie Payet, Miss Hungary, Agnes Konkoly, Miss Mexico, Karina Gonzalez, Miss Russia, Elizabeth Golovanova, and Miss South Africa, Melinda Barn.
Culpo, who also attends Boston University, was previously crowned the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA Sept. 18, 2012, which was her first pageant. She said that didn't participate in any beauty pageant until she was 19 years old, one year before winning the Miss USA crown.

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Miss USA Olivia Culpo competes in swimsuit portion of Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.

The contest was broadcast live on the U.S. television from the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and seen by an estimated 1 billion viewers on TV and internet in 190 countries, organizers said.
For the next year, Culpo will travel the world representing the Miss Universe Organization and a charity of her choice.

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Miss Panama Werf performs onstage at the 2012 Miss Universe National Costume Show at PH Live in Las Vegas.

Judges for Miss Universe 2012 contest included Diego Boneta, Kerri Walsh, Scott Disick, Nigel Barker, Brad Goreski, Cluadia Jordan, Pablo Sandoval, Lisa Venderpump, Jiggy, Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Ximena Navarette.
Special awards were given to Miss Guatemala, Laura Godoy for Miss Congeniality, Miss Kosovo, Diana Avdiu for Miss Photogenic and Miss China for Best National Costume. The winner of Online Voting is yet to be revealed.

Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus (L); Miss USA, Olivia Culpo (2nd-L); Miss Australia, Renae Ayris (C); Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon (2nd-R); and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero (R) stand on stage during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

Miss Universe contestants stand on stage during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012. Eighty-nine countries and territories are participating in this year's pageant. (AFP)

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo is crowned Miss Universe 2012 during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. (AFP)

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, is crowned Miss Universe 2012 during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

Miss France, Marie Payet, takes center stage as one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe competition. (AP)

Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon takes center stage as one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant. (AP)

Venezuela's Irene Sofia Esser Quintero reacts as she is named one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant. (AP)

Miss USA Olivia Culpo steps out as she is named one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant. (AP)

Miss Mexico Karina Gonzalez reacts as she is announced as one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant. (AP)

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon (R) speaks during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)








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