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

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)

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.

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.

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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