Miss Universe 2012: Miss USA wins crown; Philippines takes 1st runner-up

The 20-year-old beauty is the 8th American to win the pageant; India fails to enter top 10

A 20-year-old beauty queen who plays the cello and is a breast cancer advocate was crowned Miss Universe on Wednesday, the eighth time an American has won the pageant where the world's most beautiful women parade in bikinis and ball gowns.

Olivia Culpo, 20, a brunette from Rhode Island, was chosen by a 10-judge panel from 89 contestants representing countries ranging from India to Kosovo and Britain.

Culpo, wearing a red, long-sleeved dress for her final look, was the eighth winner from the United States in the contest's 60-year history, and the first Miss USA to take the title since 1997.

Click to see Janine Tugonon 1st runner up at Miss Universe

Miss Philippines, 23-year-old Janine Tugonon, was the runner-up and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, came third after the top five answered brief questions posed by the judges.

Culpo takes the place of last year's winner Leila Lopes, who was the first ever Miss Universe from Angola.

Click to see gallery of Miss Universe: India fails to enter top 10

India's 12-year-long dry run at the Miss Universe continued with Shilpa Singh losing out in the finals of the 2012 beauty pageant.

The 23-year-old Bihar-born girl entered the top 16 of the Miss Universe competition being held at Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip, but failed to enter the top 10 slot.

Miss Guatemala, Laura Godoy, was chosen Miss Congeniality after the two-hour pageant that featured live performances by U.S. pop group Train and Nigerian-born Australian singer and dancer Timomatic.

Contestants must be aged between 18 and 27, unmarried and with no children.

The contest was broadcast live on U.S. television from the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas and seen by an estimated 1 billion viewers on TV and online in 190 countries, organizers said.

Culpo will travel the world for the next year representing the Miss Universe Organization and a charity of her choice.

After reaching the top five, Culpo was asked to name one thing she would never do again. "Picking on my siblings growing up," she replied.

The contest, owned jointly by businessman Donald Trump and the NBC network, held a moment of silence for the 20 children and six staff gunned down at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14.

Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus (L); Miss USA, Olivia Culpo (2nd-L); Miss Australia,  Renae Ayris (C); Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon (2nd-R); and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero (R) stand  on stage during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

Miss Universe contestants stand on stage during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012.  Eighty-nine countries and territories are participating in this year's pageant. (AFP)

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo is crowned Miss Universe 2012 during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. (AFP)

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, is crowned Miss Universe 2012 during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

Miss France, Marie Payet, takes center stage as one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe competition. (AP)

Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon takes center stage as one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant. (AP)

Venezuela's Irene Sofia Esser Quintero reacts as she is named one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant. (AP)

Miss USA Olivia Culpo steps out as she is named one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant. (AP)

Miss Mexico Karina Gonzalez reacts as she is announced as one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant. (AP)

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon (R) speaks during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

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