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Miss USA Olivia Culpo named Miss Universe

Dec. 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Olivia Culpo, the current Miss USA titleholder, was declared Miss Universe in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, was the pageant's runner-up, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, came in third.

Culpo, 20, is from Rhode Island. She is the first American to win the Miss Universe crown since Brook Lee in 1997.

This year's 2-hour pageant aired on NBC, with Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic serving as co-hosts.

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