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Miss USA Olivia Culpo Crowned 2012 Miss Universe

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, was crowned as 2012's Miss Universe in Las Vegas last night to bring the crown back to the US after more than a decade.

The 20-year-old from Rhode Island beat out 88 competitors from six continents. The other women that advanced to the top 16 were Venezuela, Hungary, France, Peru, Russia, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, South Africa, Philippines, Croatia, Brazil, Kosovo, Australia, and India.

Culpo started the night by wearing a tight navy blue mini-dress as she walked on stage. Later, she strutted in a purple and blue bikini for the swimsuit round, and finally donned a red velvet gown with a plunging neckline.

She won over the judges even after tripping slightly during the evening gown competition.

Culpo also skillfully sidestepped what could've been a scandalous question when she was asked whether she had she had ever done something she regretted.

"I'd like to start off by saying that every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you'll learn from it. That's just life," she said. "But something I've done I've regretted is probably picking on my siblings growing up, because you appreciate them so much more as you grow older."

After the competition, her father said he could've never imagined the "nerdiest" of his daughters would be Miss Universe after she surprised everyone by winning the title of Miss USA this summer.

Watch a clip of the crowing moment and more of the red gown below:

December 20, 2012 |

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