She’s the new queen of the Universe.
On Wednesday 19th December 2012, 20 year old Miss USA contestant and former Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo won the Miss Universe 2012 pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, USA.
The elated beauty queen, who is the first American to win since 1997, told People that “I don’t think it’s sunk in. It’s incredible. I can’t believe USA finally did it.”
Olivia Culpo takes the place of last year’s winner, Leila Lopes, who was the first ever Miss Universe from Angola. 23 year old Miss Philippines Jasmine Tugonon was the runner-up and Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, Miss Venezuela came in third.
Although none of our African queens made it to final 5, 23 year old South African beauty, Melinda Bam made our continent proud – making it to the final 10.
Spotlight on her Miss Universe Winning Look
Well it seems Olivia Culpo sort of knew she was going to be crowned Miss Universe 2012 as she dazzled in a raspberry velvet and muslin gown with a plunging neckline by Georges Hobeika from the Parisian based design label’s Fall 2012 Couture line.
She accessorized her outfit with diamond drop earrings and opted for a sleek up-do.
Photo Credit: Zimbio | Georges Hobeika