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Olivia Culpo, Miss USA, takes title of Miss Universe 2012

So excited was Olivia Culpo, Miss USA, to be crowned Miss Universe 2012 on Wednesday night, she almost took off on her victory walk without that beautiful crown on her head. Fortunately, a reassuring touch from Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, was all it took to rein in the new reigning pageant queen, who then presented herself to the Las Vegas audience with all appropriate sparkle in place. "I think that in spite of all the tragedy that has happened in this country lately, it's an honor to be able to uplift the country," Culpo said backstage, referencing the shootings in Newtown, Conn. "I really hope that this will raise everybody's spirits a little." Full story: Olivia Culpo, Miss USA, takes title of Miss Universe 2012 EPA
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