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USA’s Olivia Culpo crowned Miss Universe
For the first time in 15 years, USA has claimed the Miss Universe crown.

Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island, beat 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola during the two-hour competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and passionate cellist became the first Miss USA winner from Rhode Island when she took the national crown in Las Vegas in June.

An American had not won the right to be called Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third.