Miss USA crowned Miss Universe

2012-12-20 06:48

Las Vegas - A 20-year-old beauty queen who plays the cello and is a breast cancer advocate was crowned Miss Universe on Wednesday, the eighth time an American has won the pageant where the world's most beautiful women parade in bikinis and ball gowns.

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 US 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 US 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, organisers said.

Culpo will travel the world for the next year representing the Miss Universe Organisation 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 14 December.


  • NaturalBueaty - 2012-12-20 07:35

    Best of Luck...keep it up.....all the best wishes for winners

  • sumari.potgieter - 2012-12-20 08:03

    Miss International held in Japan? - winner Japan, Miss World held in China - winner China, Miss Universe held in USA - winner USA

  • shawn.bruwer - 2012-12-20 08:08

    How come we never see contestants from other parts of the universe? its always only from Earth?

  • 286ADC8D - 2012-12-20 08:28

    Weldone SA. Did us proud. I think USA is very gud at immitations and rigging stuff......

  • riaad.isaacs - 2012-12-20 11:05

    I sadly missed all the action.How did the SA Representative do? Mr Green if I can call u that go and see someone urgently

  • marshall.one - 2012-12-20 11:29

    Ms Philippines should have won. :(

  • karabo.p.maila - 2012-12-20 13:10

    lol ... if the host nation always wins this peagent then maybe we shoud have a bid to bring over to South Africa, is it the same case with last year's African Based Miss World? or were just looking at the common trend! I must say she has strog features, they almost overpower one another!

  • karabo.p.maila - 2012-12-20 13:12

    Yikes but she is flippen young I mean how do you manage instant global fame like this?

  • Dina Faure - 2012-12-20 13:22

    I don't think it showed on SA TV. Would have been nice if it had been broadcast here.

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