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USA Crowned Miss Universe 2012

"I'm dreaming, it's a dream," These were the words of Olivia Culpo of the United States who was crowned the new Miss Universe last night. The 20 year-old beauty queen can play the cello, aspires to make it in film and television, is the rumoured girlfriend of Olympian Ryan Lochte and of course will spend the next year of her life traveling the world bringing awareness to important causes, such as HIV/AIDS. Culpo, is the first American in 15 years to win the coveted title, beating out 88 other contestants. Her question for the evening was if there was anything she would never do again. She chose to give one of the lighter responses of the evening saying that she would take back picking on her siblings, when they were younger. The annual competition took place at Planet Hollywood & Casino in Las Vegas and was televised live in 190 countries, with an estimated 1 billion people tuning in all over the world. The top five women included, Australia, Venezuela, Brazil and runner-up, Janine Tugonon from the Philippines. Miss Canada, Adwoa Yamoah did not make the top ten finalists. Shilpa Singh a software engineer and dancer got the opportunity to represent India at this year’s pageant when I Am SHE: Miss India-Universe winner, Urvashi Rautela was disqualified, making runner-up, Singh the winner. Singh, made the top 16 finalists but unfortunately was unable to carry India forward to the further rounds. Another highlight of the evening was Miss Sri Lanka, Sabrina Herft being recognized for her eye-catching golden peacock costume. She came in sixth in the national costume top ten, with Brazil taking the top spot. But in case you missed it, you can catch a glimpse of India and Sri Lanka’s national costumes below. universe 2012 Miss India, Shilpa Singh (left) in an Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor design. While Sri Lanka’s Sabrina Herft is rocking her top ten, vivacious peacock inspired ensemble.        

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