Last time it was Miss USA Broke Mahealani Lee in 1997 who won the crown for Miss Universe, and again after 15 years, America has the crown, dignity and the responsibilities of the title.
MISS USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe on Wednesday night in a grand affair amid much expectations. Culpo, who was wearing a pink gown and holding the hands of fellow contestant Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon jumped with ecstasy when she was announced as the winner.
The 20-year-old is a Boston University sophomore and self proclaimed 'cellist nerd'. She impressed everyone with her honest answers and her confidence from the beginning of the competition. When she was questioned whether she ever regrets anything she has done in life, she gave a straightforward and simple answer. “I'd like to start off by saying that every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you'll learn from it. That's just life. But something I've done I've regretted is probably picking on my siblings growing up, because you appreciate them so much more as you grow older,” she said. At the moment all her other four siblings and her parents must have felt proud to have not only a beauty queen but an honest person as their sister and daughter.
She defeated 88 other contestants in the competition. Second runner up was Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero was placed at third position. Indian contestant Shilpa Singh made it to the top 16 contestants but lost after that. As per huffingtonpost.com, Culpo would receive an undisclosed salary, a top line of branded wardrobe and a luxury apartment in New York.
She was chosen by a 10-member panel. The panel included singer Cee Lo Green, Pablo Sandoval of the World Series champion Giants, Iron Chef star Masaharu Morimoto and US Olympic beach volleyball gold medallist Kerri Walsh Jennings.