No more Missing for USA: First American crowned Miss Universe since 1997

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Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, is crowned Miss Universe 2012 during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012 (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

The 20-year-old brunette Miss USA has been crowned Miss Universe in Las Vegas beating contestants from 88 countries. An American hadn’t won Miss Universe since 1997.

­Boston University sophomore Olivia Culpo was wearing a tight mini-dress when she walked on stage for the competition’s opening number. Later she appeared in a purple and blue bikini, and a red velvet gown with a sexy neckline.

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Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus (L); Miss USA, Olivia Culpo (2nd-L); Miss Australia, Renae Ayris (2nd-R); and Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon (R) stand on stage during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012 (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

­The winner will receive an undisclosed salary, a wardrobe to die for, plus a limitless supply of beauty products, as well as a luxury apartment in New York City.

Her coronation has finally ended a long ‘losing spell’ for American beauties in the pageant co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC.

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Miss USA, Olivia Culpo (L) reacts after being named Miss Universe 2012 with last year’s winner Leila Lopes of Angola (R) during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012 (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

­The daughter of two professional musicians, Culpo played the cello alongside world-renowned classical musician Yo-Yo Ma, and followed in her parents’ footsteps with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Olivia’s parents “looked at her like she had three heads” when Olivia told them she was entering the Miss Rhode Island contest last year, AP reported.

“We didn’t know a thing about pageants,” her father said.

She won her first contest in a rented $20 dress and began working out, dieting, and studying current events on flashcards to compete for the Miss USA crown.

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Miss USA, Olivia Culpo throws a kiss after being named Miss Universe 2012 during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012. Eighty-nine countries and territories took part in in this year’s pageant (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

­When asked by the Miss Universe judges whether she had ever done something she regretted pageant, Culpo replied that “every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you’ll learn from it. That’s just life.”

“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,” the beauty added.

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Miss USA, Olivia Culpo throws a kiss after being named Miss Universe 2012 during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012. Eighty-nine countries and territories took part in in this year’s pageant (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

­Culpo told reporters she hoped to bring her country some good news in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Connecticut that claimed the lives of 26 people, 20 of them children all aged six-seven year.

“It’s such an honor to be representing the USA in an international beauty contest in spite of all the tragedy that’s happened in this country lately,” she said. “I really hope that this will raise everybody’s spirits a little.”

 

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