Miss USA Olivia Culpo, has been crowned the 2012 Miss Universe winner.
She beat close competition from Miss Philippines (Janine Tugonon), Miss Mexico (Irene Sofía Esser Quintero), and Miss Australia (Renae Ayris) and Miss Brazil (Gabriela Markus) to grab the coveted crown.
The pageant, which featured contestants from 89 countries, was aired live from Las Vegas Wednesday night. Olivia’s win has broken the jinx of USA not winning the crown since 1997.
Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero took the third place.
Olivia, 20, hails from Rhodes Island and is a second-year student of Boston University. As Miss Universe, she will receive an undisclosed salary, a wardrobe fit for a queen, an unlimited supply of beauty products, and a luxury apartment in New York City.