Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E) – American Olivia Culpo Thursday defeated Filipino beauty Janine Tugonon and Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero to win Miss Universe 2012 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Last year’s winner Angola’s Leila Lopes crowned the coveted title to 20-year-old jubilant Culpo. Culpo ended a 15-year title drought for America by winning the title. Brook Lee won the last title in 1997.
Miss Australia Renae Ayris named the fourth winner, while Miss Brazil Gabriela Markus won the fifth place.
Miss Guatemala Laura Godoy won the Miss Congeniality title by the contestants. Contestants from 89 countries participated in the 61st edition of Miss Universe competition this year.