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Gallery: Miss Universe 2012

A 20-year-old beauty queen who plays the cello was crowned Miss Universe.

It's the eighth time an American has won the pageant where the world's most beautiful women parade in bikinis and ball gowns.

Miss USA Olivia Culpo waves after being crowned during the Miss Universe pageant competition at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss Brazil Gabriela Markus competes during the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersShilpa Singh, Miss India, walks the stage during the swimsuit portion of the Miss Universe competition. Photo: APMiss Australia Renae Ayris competes during the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss USA Olivia Culpo poses during the swimsuit portion of the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss Philippines Janine Tugonon competes in the swimsuit portion of the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss South Africa 2012, Melinda Bam, competes during the Swimsuit Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show. Photo: APMiss Canada Adwoa Yamoah performs onstage at the 2012 Miss Universe National Costume Show at PH Live in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss Namibia 2012 Tsakana Nkandih competes during the Swimsuit Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show at PH Live in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss Angola 2012, Marcelina Vahekeni competes during the Swimsuit Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show. Photo: APMiss USA, Olivia Culpo, walks on stage during a performance by Australian singer Timomatic, during the Miss Universe pageant. Photo: APMiss Philippines Janine Tugonon competes in the swimsuit portion of the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss Tanzania 2012, Winfrida Dominic, competes during the Swimsuit Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show. Photo: APMiss Angola Marcelina Vahekeni competes in an evening gown of her choice during the Evening Gown Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show at PH Live in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss South Africa 2012 Melinda Bam competes in an evening gown of her choice during the Evening Gown Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, turns on stage during the evening gown competition during the Miss Universe pageant. Photo: APMiss China Xu Ji Dan poses with hosts Andy Cohen (L) and Giuliana Rancic after receiving the Best National Costume award during the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss Ghana 2012 Gifty Ofori competes in an evening gown of her choice during the Evening Gown Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: ReutersVenezuela's Irene Sofia Esser Quintero reacts as she is named one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pagean. Photo: APMiss Australia Renae Ayris is escorted by Australian singer/songwriter and dancer Timomatic during the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss Ethiopia 2012 Helen Getachew competes in an evening gown of her choice during the Evening Gown Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: ReutersMiss Namibia 2012 Tsakana Nkandih competes in an evening gown of her choice during the Evening Gown Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss USA Olivia Culpo (R) reacts with Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon after winning the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss USA Olivia Culpo (R) is congratulated by Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon after winning the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: ReutersMiss USA Olivia Culpo reacts as she is crowned by Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola during the 2012 Miss Universe pageant competition at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: Reuters

Olivia Culpo, 20, a brunette from Rhode Island, was chosen by a 10-judge panel from 89 contestants representing countries ranging from India to Kosovo and Britain.

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