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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Miss USA Olivia Culpo Is Miss Universe 2012!

Miss Universe 2012 First Walk 

Miss Universe 2012 Top 5 

The Winner Is Announced! 

Miss Universe 2012 Is USA, Olivia Culpo! Miss Universe 2012 First Runner Up Philippines, Janine Tugonon hugging and congratulating the new Miss Universe! 

Olivia Culpo of USA is crowned Miss Universe 2012 by Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola. 

What a Coincidence! 

Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo of USA!

Las Vegas, Nevada -  20 year old Olivia Culpo representing the United States won the Miss Universe 2012 at a glittering and holiday spirit filled and themed event held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Wednesday, December 19.  She has a difficult time beating 88 other equally stunning but tough contestants from around the world to win the title. It was USA's eighth Miss Universe title last won in 1997 by Brook Mahealani Lee of Hawaii and the first one in 15 years - the longest drought of USA ever. 1st runner up is the equally beautiful and stunning Janine Tugonon of the Philippines who gave the best answer of the night, 2nd runner up is Irene Isser of Venezuela, 3rd runner up is Renae Ayris of Australia and 4th runner up is Gabriela Markus of Brazil. Miss Photogenic goes to Kosovo, Diana Avdiu, Best In National Costume goes to China, Diana XU Ji Dan and Miss Congeniality goes to Guatemala, Laura Godoy. The celebrity judges include  Pablo Sandoval,  Nigel Barker, Diego Boneta, Scott Disick, Brad Goreski, Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Ximena Navarette, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Lisa Vanderpump and Claudia Jordan.

          It is interesting to note that 39 years ago in 1973, it was also the Philippines and USA as the last two women standing with Philippines taking home the crown and USA as the first runner up but this time its the opposite. Their hairstyle are also opposite each other - Amanda Jones and Janine Tugonon have a ponytail and hair down while Margie Moran and Olivia Culpo had buns. Philippines won in ancient Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece and first worldwide telecast of the beauty pageant and first to be hosted outside the continental America while USA today won in a modern and posh Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. My favorite contestant for the crown is Tamar Shedania of Georgia but she went unplaced so I like her to join and compete in Miss Earth!

Miss UNIVERSE 2012 – Olivia Culpo – USA

1st runner-up  - Janine Tugonon – Philippines

2nd runner-up  – Irene Isser – Venezuela

3rd runner-up  – Renae Ayris – Australia

4th runner-up  – Gabriela Markus – Brazil

Top 10 Semifinalist

France  - Marie Payet

Hungary - Agnes Konkoly

Mexico  - Karina González

Russia  - Elizaveta  Golovanova

South Africa - Melinda Bam

Top 16 Quarter-finalist

Croatia - Elizabeta Burg

India -  Shilpa Singh

Kosovo - Diana Avdiu

Peru - Nicole Faverón Vasquez

Poland - Marcelina Zawadzka

Turkey - Cagil Őzge Őzkul

Special Awards:

Congeniality – Laura Godoy, Guatemala

Photogenic – Diana Avdiu, Kosovo

National Costume - Diana XU Ji Dan


Pablo Sandoval - Two-Time World Series Champion and MVP with the San Francisco  Giants 

Nigel Barker - Photographer for America's Next Top Model and Host of Oxygen’s new series The Face 

Diego Boneta - Singer and Actor best known for starring role in “Rock of Ages” film 

Scott Disick - TV Personality from the E! Network

Brad Goreski - Celebrity Stylist and Star of Bravo’s It’s a Brad, Brad World

Chef Masaharu Morimoto - Star of Iron Chef and Award-Winning Chef

Ximena Navarrete -  Miss Universe 2010 and Face of L’Oreal

Kerri Walsh Jennings - Three-time US Olympic Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball

Lisa Vanderpump - Star on Bravo’s hit series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and new series, Vanderpump Rules

Claudia Jordan - Briefcase Holder NBC's Deal or No Deal, Miss Rhode Island USA


Andy Cohen – host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live”

Giuliana Rancic – co-anchor of E! News

Color Commentators:

Jeannie Mai – Style Network’s  “How Do I Look?”

Web Events:

Shamcey Supsup - Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner up




Congratulations to Janine Tugonon for being named Vice - Miss Universe 2012! You made your country proud and also to the new Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo of USA! 

Photos Courtesy of:

Associated Press (AP)
Miss Universe.com