In a Christmas Holiday themed presentation at the Planet Hollywood Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, Culpo bested 88 other women from different parts of the world to get the most coveted crown of Miss Universe. The 20-year old Miss USA grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island and loves to play the musical instrument Cello.
Meanwhile, the Philippines’ bet Janine Tugonon gets the 1st runner-up title. Although she was favored by the fans to win the title evident by the different messages on the social networking site Twitter because of her smart answer to the final question, she wasn’t able to capture the crown.
Tugonon was asked “As an international ambassador, do you believe that speaking English should be a prerequisite to being Miss Universe? Why or why not?” to which she answered, “For me, being Miss Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language. It’s being able to influence and inspire other people. As long as your heart wants to serve and you have a strong mind to show people, then you can be Miss Universe.”
Other beauties that completes the Top 5 were, 2nd Runner-Up Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quinter, 3rd Runner-Up Miss Australia Renae Ayris and 4th Runner-Up Miss Brazil Gabriella Markus.
Below are the lists of Top 16 and Top 10 finalists:
9. South Africa
8. South Africa