Miss USA crowned Miss Universe 2012

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Miss USA Olivia Culpo waves after being crowned Miss Universe 2012.
Miss USA Olivia Culpo waves after being crowned Miss Universe 2012.
Miss USA Olivia Culpo waves after being crowned Miss Universe 2012.

A 20-year-old Boston University sophomore has won the Miss Universe crown 2012 bringing the title back to the United States for the first time in over a decade.  It’s the eighth time an American has won the beauty pageant.

Olivia Culpo was chosen by a 10-judge panel and beat out 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola.

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, was the runner-up and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, came third.

The two hour event was held at Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip.