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New Miss Universe is crowned

By Reuters | Dec 20, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 16 ]

A 20-year-old beauty queen who plays the cello and is a breast cancer advocate has been crowned Miss Universe.

Olivia Culpo, 20, a brunette from Rhode Island, was chosen by a 10-judge panel from 89 contestants representing countries ranging from India to Kosovo and Britain.

Culpo, wearing a red, long-sleeved dress for her final look, was the eighth winner from the United States in the contest's 60-year history, and the first Miss USA to take the title since 1997.

Miss Philippines, 23-year-old Janine Tugonon, was the runner-up and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, came third after the top five answered brief questions posed by the judges.

Culpo takes the place of last year's winner Leila Lopes, who was the first-ever Miss Universe from Angola.

Miss Guatemala, Laura Godoy, was chosen Miss Congeniality after the two-hour pageant that featured live performances by U.S. pop group Train and Nigerian-born Australian singer and dancer Timomatic.

Contestants must be aged between 18 and 27, unmarried and with no children.

The contest was broadcast live on U.S. television from the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas and seen by an estimated 1 billion viewers on TV and online in 190 countries, organizers said.

Culpo will travel the world for the next year representing the Miss Universe Organization and a charity of her choice.

After reaching the top five, Culpo was asked to name one thing she would never do again. "Picking on my siblings growing up," she replied.

The contest, owned jointly by businessman Donald Trump and the NBC network, held a moment of silence for the 20 children and six staff gunned down at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14.


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They just saw "USA" name and decided to elect her,mxm.

Dec 20, 2012 8:44 | 0 replies

oh no! she is soooo btiful, mona fatshe!!!

Dec 21, 2012 8:56 | 0 replies

I watched this pageant. Melinda Bam was robbed!! The judges already knew that they wanted USA to win.

My favourites were SA, Australia and France.

Dec 20, 2012 5:25 | 0 replies

Beauty is subjective

meaning its in the eyes of the beer holder.

Dec 20, 2012 3:0 | 0 replies

She's a beauty

Dec 20, 2012 12:51 | 0 replies

Beauty is subjective
Hihihihi - Ja I agree.

Dec 20, 2012 11:19 | 0 replies

Beauty is subjective

Dec 20, 2012 11:11 | 0 replies

Picture 1 - She resembles Sade
Picture 2 and 4 - She resembles Salma Hayek(Desperado and From Dusk till dawn) in her days.

Dec 20, 2012 11:2 | 0 replies

All I know is that she is beatiful. I would love to study about her. Like I studied about frogs abd larvae. What is her mating dance/season?

Dec 20, 2012 11:0 | 0 replies

Irresponsible and unfounded statement
Hihihihihihi. Askis. But she is beautiful, umona phansi(not you) :-D

@Sentle - This lady is beautiful.

Dec 20, 2012 10:56 | 0 replies

Irresponsible and unfounded statement

Dec 20, 2012 9:38 | 0 replies