Olivia Culpo Crowned Miss Universe 2012

In front of a worldwide audience of approximately 1 billion viewers, Miss USA, Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Miss Universe Organization made this announcement Wednesday, Dec. 19.

The 61st Annual “Miss Universe Competition” was broadcast live on NBC with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island as the middle child of five. The 20 year-old comes from a family of avid musicians.

Culpo and her siblings each play different instruments and she is an accomplished cellist. Her other interests include watching movies, visiting museums, attending concerts, and making people laugh. The last time Miss USA won the title of Miss Universe was in 1997.

Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from nearly 90 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview.

Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes of Angola, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast.

Photo courtesy: Miss Universe Organization

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