US contestant crowned Miss Universe 2012


Miss USA, Olivia Culpo (L) reacts after being named Miss Universe 2012 beside last year’s winner Leila Lopes of Angola (R) during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012. AFP

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — American Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 late Wednesday, beating out beauties from around the world to claim the coveted title.

The title of first runner-up went to the contestant from the Philippines, Janine Tugonon.

Last year’s winner Leila Lopes of Angola, crowned jubilant Culpo, 20 years old, to succeed her in a year-long reign.

It is the first win for an American woman since 1997, when the title was won by Brook Lee.

Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third in the contest. Fourth place went to Miss Australia Renae Ayris, and fifth to Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus.

The title Miss Congeniality was given to Miss Guatemala Laura Godoy by the contestants.

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 on December 19, 2012. Eighty-nine countries and territories are participating in this year’s pageant. AFP / JOE KLAMAR

The pageant, which purports to pick the world’s most beautiful woman, was held this year in Las Vegas, and saw 89 contestants compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

It marked the 61st edition of the pageant, held last year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and which is co-sponsored by US television network NBC and American real estate mogul Donald Trump.

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  • Noel

    Another robbery in Las Vegas.

  • k

    hometown decision…luto!

  • 12JEM

    Lahat ng major international beauty contests na natapos ng taong 2012, lahat ang panalo ay kung saan gnawa ang contests. Talagang di maaalis ang hometown advantage.

    Dahil talaga namang ang galing ng sagot ni Janine. Sayang. Muntik na. Next time sana, tayo naman ang panalo.

  • Renlols

    Bat kaya nanalo yun?! Weird. Pa-pangitan na ata ng sagot sa Miss U e. 

  • Albin

    He, he, he, natalo na naman natin ang mexico.

  • 12JEM

    The most powerful attribute that was applied was HEIGHT, at least for the 5 finalist.

    Miss USA was the shortest.
    Janine was next to her in height…

    All the others were much taller and I think the 4th runner-up is the tallest.

  • Pj Aranador

    .USA is a great winner. Sometimes it is a trend. Miss International went
    to host country Miss Japan, too. China hosted Miss World and Miss China won.
    All were heavily criticized.   Miss
    Earth,  hosted by Philippines, and many
    of  Filipinas land in the top 5, and it
    is heavily criticized.  But in the past 3
    Miss Universe, Miss Philippines was always on the top 5. A trend, say like Ms
    Venezuela. We are happy for Miss USA and Miss Philippines

  • Hey_Dudes

    I am sure it will take some time for the euphoria to dry but  as one Filipino represented by another in a world stage , let me extend my congratulations to Ms. Philippines.

    Having said that, if one took a closer  look to the dazzling beauty and poise by Ms. Australia, Ms. Brazil and Ms. Venezuela, I’ll say judges of this event must have been high on some toxic elements. For if they have judged well, Ms. Philippines nor Ms. USA when considering the other 3 runners up, should not have come out 1 & 2.

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