miss universe

Miss Universe 2012 is 20-year-old Olivia Culpo and she is pictured here being crowned by last year’s winner Leila Lopes of Angola.

*The Miss Universe pageant has been around for more than 50 years and it seeks to find a woman who can represent both beauty and brainpower.

But last night’s competition was a little different because the woman crowned was American…and it’s been a little while since that has happened.

Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe Wednesday night at Las Vegas’s Planet Hollywood Casino. She unseats Leila Lopes of Angola, who won in 2011.