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Miss Universe 2012 winner is Miss USA Olivia Culpo, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon wins 1st runner-up (Video)

By on Dec 20, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States, World Comments

Miss USA Olivia Culpo wins the Miss Universe 2012 title this Wednesday, December 19, 2012 (Thursday, December 20, Manila time), held at Planet Hollywood (PH Live) in Las Vegas, as shown in the video below. Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon won as the 1st runner-up, while Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero landed as as second runner-up.

Miss Universe 2012 winner Miss USA Olivia Culpo

Miss Universe 2012 winner Miss USA Olivia Culpo
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As aired at NBC and Telemundo on Wednesday night, which was also shown in various countries worldwide, Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island was declared the Miss Universe 2012 winner, beating 88 other beauty candidates from around the world. The crown was passed to her by Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola.

On the early part of the contest, the names of the Top 15 semifinalists were announced, which include the candidates from Turkey, France, Peru, Russia, Mexico, Poland, Hungary, South Africa, Philippines, Croatia, Brazil, Kosovo, Australia, India, and USA. Miss Venezuela landed at 16th, after winning the fan votes.

Later, the Top 10 candidates were revealed, which include Miss Australia, Miss Russia, Miss Brazil, Miss France, Miss Venezuela, Miss USA, Miss Hungary, Miss South Africa, Miss Mexico, and Miss Philippines. Afterwards, the evening gown took place, and Miss Guatemala Laura Godoy won as Miss Congeniality.

For the Top 5 Miss Universe 2012 finalists, the following candidates were announced: Miss Venezuela Irene Esser, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon, Miss Australia Renae Ayris, Miss USA Olivia Culpo, and Miss Brazil Gabriela Markus. Miss Kosovo won as Ms. Photogenic and Miss China won the Best in National Costume.

Apparently, the five finalists competed for Q & A portion and the most noted question went to Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon, who was third consecutive Filipina to land in the Miss Universe Top 5 after Venus Raj in 2010 and Shamcey Supsup in 2011. She was asked the Twitter question, “Should Miss Universe be able to speak English?”

“For me Miss Universe is not about being able to speak a specific language, it’s about being able to influence and inspire other people. No matter what language you speak as long as you have the heart and a strong mind you can become Miss Universe.” Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon said, who replied in English.

During the final moments of the Miss Universe 2012, Miss Brazil Gabriela Markus was announced the fourth runner-up and Miss Australia Renae Ayris as the third runner-up. Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero landed as second runner-up. Olivia Culpo is the 8th Miss USA candidate to win the Miss Universe crown, and the last one was Brook Lee, who won the title in 1997.

Announcement of Miss Universe 2012 winner
Video Credit: BoomFiyahX/YouTube/NBC

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