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Miss USA Olivia Culpo Wins Miss Universe 2012, Philippines' Janine Tugonon 1st Runner Up

Posted on December 20, 2012 | 11:00 AM

The 2012 Miss Universe pageant night happened December 19 (December 20, MLA time) at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and Olivia Culpo from USA was crowned Miss Universe. Leila Lopes of Angola crowned her successor at the end of the event.

Miss Universe 2012 is USA Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo bested 88 gorgeous ladies from different countries and territories around the globe. The Philippines completed the 3-peat in the Miss Universe with Janine's placement in the Top 5 and ending up as first runner up, a higher place finish than her predecessors, Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup.

Here is the list of winners of the Miss Universe 2012 pageant:

Miss Universe 2012 Top 5: Brazil, USA, Australia, Philippines and Venezuela
Miss Universe 2012: USA, Olivia Culpo
1st runner-up: Philippines, Janine Tugonon
2nd runner-up: Venezuela, Irene Esser
3rd runner-up: Australia, Renae Ayris
4th runner-up:  Brazil, Gabriela Markus

Special Awards:

Miss Photogenic: Kosovo, Diana Avdiu
Miss Congeniality: Guatemala, Laura Godoy
Best in National Costume: China, Ji Dan Xu

Miss Universe 2012 Top 10:

Russia, Elizabeth Golovanova
France, Marie Payet
Hungary, Agnes Konkoly
South Africa, Melinda Bam
Mexico, Karina González

Miss Universe 2012 Top 16:

Turkey, Çağıl Özge Özkul
Peru, Nicole Faverón
Poland, Marcelina Zawadzka
Croatia, Elizabeta Burg
Kosovo, Diana Avdiu
India, Shilpa Singh

Watch the crowning moment of Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo in the video below:

The year 2012 has been a very good year for the Philippines when it comes to pageants. Our bets in Miss World and Miss International placed in the semifinals. Elaine Kay Moll grabbed a 3rd runner-up finish in Miss Supranational. Stephany Stefanowitz and Andrew Wolff were both 1st runner up in Miss Earth and Mister World, respectively while the country won the title of Miss International Queen 2012 (Kevin Balot) and Manhunt International 2012 (June Macasaet).

This year, three grand slam pageants crowned the queens of the host country. Miss World which crowned Miss China was held in Inner Mongolia, China. Miss International held in Japan crowned Miss Japan while Miss Universe which was held in Las Vegas, USA crowned Miss USA.

Photos courtesy of missuniverse.com and normannorman.com, video by boomfiyahx
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