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Miss Universe: Language barrier took spotlight

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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

Miss Venezuela came in third in the Miss Universe contest, a disappointment for the South American nation that has won more crowns in the pageant than any other country besides the U.S.

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

5 finalists vie for Miss Universe crown in Vegas

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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 contest that will decide the next Miss Universe was narrowed to five women Wednesday night, including Miss USA, Miss Brazil and Miss Philippines.

Posted: December 20th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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