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Miss Universe 2012: Miss USA Olivia Culpo Crowned the Winner

Olivia Culpo | Photo Credits: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty ImagesOlivia Culpo | Photo Credits: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

After a fifteen year drought, America is back on top! Miss USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

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Culpo is the first American to win since 1997 when Hawaii's Brook Lee took home the crown.

"What an honor! This night was a dream come true. Thank you everyone for your support tonight!! USA finally did it!" Culpo tweeted.

According to her Miss Universe bio, Culpo, a 20-year-old Rhode Island native, is a cello player who hopes to pursue a career in film or television.

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She beat out Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, who came in second and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, who came in third.