Miss USA Olivia Culpo crowned Miss Universe 2012
Miss USA Olivia Culpo has been crowned as Miss Universe 2012 at a gala event held at the Planet Hollywood casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Culpo, a 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and a self-described "cellist-nerd", beat 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola in the two-hour competition.
Meanwhile, Miss India Shilpa Singh lost out in the competition after reaching the 10th round.
Culpo's coronation ends a long losing spell for the U.S. in the competition co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC. An American had not won the right to be called Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997, the Huffington Post reports.
According to the paper, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third in the competition, paneled by judges which included singer Cee Lo Green, "Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
All the contestants spent the past two weeks in Sin City, where they posed in hardhats at a hotel groundbreaking, took a painting lesson, and pranked hotel guests by hiding in their rooms, the paper said.
Culpo was the first Miss USA winner from Rhode Island when she took the national crown in Las Vegas in June, the paper added.