Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, after being named Miss
Universe 2012 during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012. Miss USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe in Las Vegas.
Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, placed second, and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, took third. Culpo, 20, hails from Rhode Island and beat out contestants from 88 other countries to take the prize.
An American hadn’t won Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the crown in 1997.