The remaining five contestants, from left, Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus; Miss USA, Olivia Culpo; Miss Australia, Renae Ayris; Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon; and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero; stand together during the Miss Universe competition, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
A 20-year-old beauty queen from Rhode Island is the new Miss Universe.
Olivia Culpo beat out women from 89 other countries for the crown, awarded Wednesday night at the competition in Las Vegas.
The Boston University sophomore will now spend the next year traveling the world championing for her cause alliances, namely HIV/AIDS prevention.
Culpo is the first American to take the Miss Universe title since 19-97.
Miss Philippines was the first runner-up.
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