Miss USA Olivia Culpo Wins the Miss Universe 2012 Diamond Nexus Crown at 2012 Miss Universe Competition
On December 19, 2012 Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, is crowned the winner of Miss Universe 2012 with the Diamond Nexus Labs crown LIVE during the NBC Telecast of the 2012 Miss Universe Competition at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miss Universe Philippines, Janine Tugonon, is declared first runner-up. Miss Teen USA 2012, Logan West, and Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes congratulates Miss Universe winner Olivia Culpo. The 2012 Miss Universe was held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino located 3663 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109. The Miss Universe 2012 was hosted by Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic.
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Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island as the middle child of five. The 20 year-old comes from a family of avid musicians. Culpo and her siblings each play different instruments and she is an accomplished cellist. Her other interests include watching movies, visiting museums, attending concerts, and making people laugh. The last time Miss USA won the title of Miss Universe was in 1997.
Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News,” hosted the “2012 MISS UNIVERSE Competition.” Jeannie Mai of Style Network’s “How Do I Look?” provided behind-the-scenes commentary throughout the LIVE telecast. Three-time Grammy-Award winning band, Train, and Australian Singing and Dancing Sensation, Timomatic performed.
The judges who sealed the fate of this year’s winner included: Pablo Sandoval, Two-Time World Series Champion and MVP with the San Francisco Giants; Nigel Barker, Photographer and host of Oxygen’s new series The Face; Diego Boneta, Singer and Actor best known for starring role in “Rock of Ages” film; Scott Disick, TV Personality from the E! Network; Brad Goreski, Celebrity Stylist and Star of Bravo’s It’s a Brad, Brad World; Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Star of Iron Chef and Award-Winning Chef; Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010 and Face of L’Oreal; Claudia Jordan, TV & Radio Personality and competitor on the upcoming series All-Star Celebrity Apprentice; Kerri Walsh Jennings, three-time US Olympic Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball; Lisa Vanderpump, Star on Bravo’s hit series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and new series Vanderpump Rules.
Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from nearly 90 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview. Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes of Angola, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast.
First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Philippines, Janine Tugonon will assume the duties of Miss Universe 2012 if the titleholder for some reason cannot fulfill her responsibilities.
Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Venezuela, Irene Sofiá Esser Quintero.
Rest of Top Five: Miss Universe Australia, Renae Ayris and Miss Universe Brazil, Gabriela Markus.
Rest of Top Ten: Miss Russia, Elizabeth Golonova; Miss Universe France, Marie Payet; Miss Universe Hungary, Agnes Konkoly; Miss Universe South Africa, Melinda Bam; and Miss Universe Mexico, Karina Gonzalez.
Rest of Top Sixteen: Miss Universe Turkey, Cagil Ozge Özkul; Miss Universe Peru, Nicole Faveron; Miss Universe Poland, Marcelina Zawadzka; Miss Universe Croatia, Elizabeta Burg; Miss Universe Kosovo, Diana Avdiu; and Miss Universe India, Shilpa Singh.
Miss Photogenic Universe™ Award: Miss Universe Kosovo, Diana Avdiu. An expert panel chose the delegate they thought best exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from pageant sponsor Diamond Nexus Labs.
Miss Congeniality Universe™ Award: Miss Universe Guatemala, Laura Godoy Calle. This award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate’s peers who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from Diamond Nexus Labs.
The Miss Universe® 2012 prize package includes: a year’s supply of hair care products and tools from Farouk Systems; a custom diamond tiara and jewelry designed by Diamond Nexus; a shoe wardrobe from Chinese Laundry; eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill; swimwear wardrobe by Kooey Australia; a year’s supply of makeup products from MAC; a year’s supply of sun care products from Australian Gold; a one-year
scholarship (including housing) from the New York Film Academy; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; a year-long salary as Miss Universe; personal services including membership to Gravity Fitness and hair services from John Barrett Salon; modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology and skincare
services provided by Dr. Cheryl Thellman-Karcher; professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and dental services by Dr. Jan Linhart, D.D.S.; casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization; extensive travel
opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners; access to various New York City events including movie premiers and screenings, Broadway shows and launch parties; year-long consultation with a fashion stylist; and access to a personal appearance wardrobe.
About The Miss Universe Pageant:
The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today.
As part of the Miss Universe Organization, Miss Universe is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing awareness for HIV/Aids prevention. For more information, visit: www.missuniverse.com.
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You can read more about Miss Olivia Culpo on Diversity News Magazine at http://diversitynewsmagazine.com/2012/06/miss-rhode-island-usa-olivia-culpo-crowned-miss-usa-2012-during-live-nbc-telecast-on-june-3-2012/#.UNKdX299LSg
Photos credit to: Greg Harbaugh/HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP.
Sources: Miss Universe Organization, Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal
Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Miss USA Olivia Culpo who also Wins the Miss Universe 2012. We wish the best on her career.
Donald J. Trump, named late-night talk show host Arsenio Hall over Clay Aiken as the next Celebrity Apprentice on NBC
On Monday, May 21, 2012 NBC Entertainment Publicity announced that on Sunday, May 20, 2012 – Host and Executive Producer, Donald J. Trump, named legendary late-night talk show host Arsenio Hall as the next Celebrity Apprentice in tonight’s live season finale, concluding a controversial and closely watched fifth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” (Sunday, 9-11pm ET.) Hall beat pop star Clay Aiken in the exciting finale held at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, which was followed by a party at the museum sponsored by Walgreens and Crystal Light.
In addition to the celebrated boardroom showdown, the finale revealed that Hall’s designated charity will receive the $250,000 prize, which will be added to the show’s total charity earnings for the season of $1,903,406. Hall raised a total of $522,100 for the Magic Johnson Foundation, while Aiken raised a total of $361,500 for The National Inclusion Project.
“Arsenio Hall clearly demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a winner,” said Mr. Trump. “As the new Celebrity Apprentice, he represents all the qualities necessary to follow through and come out on top with very significant winnings for his charity, Magic Johnson Foundation. Arsenio was smart and a good team player. He proved he had a winning strategy to make it through the grueling schedule. I congratulate him on his win—Arsenio’s a star all the way and clearly back on top.” “Allow me to begin by saying, Woof Woof Woof! This has been an amazing experience,” said Hall. “I can’t wait to deliver this $250,000 check to my friend “Erv” (Magic) for The Magic Johnson Foundation – it’s a dream to be able to support the important work they do on a daily basis and I am humbled to be able to contribute to their ongoing mission. Working with Mr. Trump and his incredible staff on “The Celebrity Apprentice” has been an honor. And last but never least – I want to congratulate my lil’ brother Clay because tonight WE are both truly winners! Reality’s Batman and Robin! I will always treasure that friendship.”
In the episodes before the finale, Mr. Trump called on last year’s “Celebrity Apprentice” finalists John Rich and Marlee Matlin to interview the four remaining celebrities and help him choose Hall and Aiken as the finalists. Trump then issued the last, and most challenging task – to create, host and sell tickets to a celebrity charity event, featuring a charity awareness ad and a variety show, starring none other than…themselves. Eight celebrity contestants returned to help them and the two finalists had to work together to make sure the show went off without a hitch. With 10 celebrities performing it was the biggest finale event to date.In addition to Walgreens and Crystal Light, this year’s sponsors included Entertainment.com, Farouk Hair Systems, General Motors, Good Sam, Ivanka Trump Collection, Kraft, O-Cedar, Five Star Fragrance and The Mars Company. When the season began on February 12, the women included supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop star Debbie Gibson, actress and multi-Grammy winner Tia Carrere, author and reality star Victoria Gotti, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, singer and actress Aubrey O’Day, actress and model Patricia Velásquez, and star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa Giudice. The men included radio host Adam Carolla, the “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, magician/comedian Penn Jillette, rock star Dee Snider, actor George Takei, IndyCar legend Michael Andretti, and star of “American Chopper,” Paul Teutul, Sr. Trump advisors included Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump as well as longtime Trump Organization employee George Ross.
“The Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by Mark Burnett Productions in association with Trump Productions LLC. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman, and Nancy Gunn are executive producers. Sadoux Kim, Johnny Petillo, and George Sealey are co-executive producers. For more information please visit NBC.com’s official show site: http://www.nbc.com/the-apprentice you can also follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/celebrityapprentice and on Twitter @ApprenticeNBC Photo credit to: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC Source: NBC Universal, NBC Universal Media Village