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20 December 2012 11:39 | By MSN IES
Miss Universe 2012: Top highlights

With the contest ending with Miss USA as the next beauty queen of the universe, let's take a look at the pageant's best and worst moments



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American Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012, beating 88 other beauties from around the world to claim the coveted title.

The 20-year-old Rhode Islander and Boston University sophomore, who took the crown from Leila Lopes of Angola, became the first American to win the coveted title since Brook Lee in 1997.

The first runner-up title went to Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon, while Irene Sofía Esser Quintero of Venezuela was in third place. The title of Miss Congeniality was given to Miss Guatemala Laura Godoy by the contestants.

With the winner finally announced, we take a look at the most glamourous - and not so glamourous - moments from this year's beauty extravaganza.  

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