Miss Universe 2012
Miss Universe Olivia Culpo.jpg
Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012
DateDecember 19, 2012
Presenters
Entertainment
VenuePH Live, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Broadcaster
Entrants89
Placements16
Debuts
Withdrawals
Returns
WinnerOlivia Culpo
 United States
CongenialityLaura Godoy
 Guatemala
Best National CostumeXu Jidan
 China
PhotogenicDiana Avdiu
 Kosovo
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Miss Universe 2012 was the 61st Miss Universe pageant, held at the PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on December 19, 2012.[1][2]

At the end of the event, Leila Lopes of Angola crowned Olivia Culpo of the United States as Miss Universe 2012. It is the United States' first victory in 15 years, and the eighth victory of the country— the most in the pageant's history.[1][3]

Contestants from 89 countries and territories competed in this year's pageant, surpassing the previous record of 86 contestants in 2006.[4] The pageant was hosted by Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic, with Jeannie Mai as backstage correspondent. American rock band Train and Australian musician Tim Omaji performed in this year's pageant.[5][6]

Background

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, the venue of Miss Universe 2012
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, the venue of Miss Universe 2012

Location and date

In March 2012, the Miss Universe Organization announced that the pageant was postponed to mid-December since the broadcaster, NBC, is unable to broadcast the pageant at the same time as the 2012 Summer Olympics and the United States presidential election. In April 2012, it was announced that Bangladesh would host the pageant on December 13, 2012. However, in July, the Bangladeshi president announced that they will not host the pageant because of financial constraints.[7]

It was rumored that Guadalajara, Isla Margarita, Sun City, and Jakarta were to host the competition. However, in August 2012, the Dominican government received a proposal from the Miss Universe Organization to host the competition on December 11, 2012. The Dominican Republic had once hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 1977 in Santo Domingo.[8] The Miss Universe Organization was considering hosting the final night at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Punta Cana. However, The Dominican government said that the country was not able to provide any kind of financial assistance to the pageant. Therefore, the Dominican Republic was not granted the hosting rights due to the country not being able to fulfill the requirements asked by the Miss Universe Organization.[7][9]

The backing out of the Dominican Republic caused the Miss Universe Organization to host the pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada in December deviating from the customary mid-year scheduling of the pageant. On September 27, 2012, the Miss Universe Organization confirmed that the 2012 edition of the pageant will be at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 19, 2012.[9]

Selection of participants

Contestants from 89 countries and territories were selected to compete in the competition. Seven of these delegates were appointees to their positions after being a runner-up of their national pageant or being selected through a casting process, while nine were selected to replace the original dethroned winner.

Adwoa Yamoah, the first runner-up of Miss Universe Canada 2012, was appointed to represent Canada after Sahar Biniaz, Miss Universe Canada 2012, withdrew due to personal reasons.[10][11] Ioánna Yiannakoú, the runner-up of Star Cyprus 2012, was appointed to represent Cyprus after Ntaniella Kefala, Star Cyprus 2012, withdrew due to undisclosed reasons.[12] Carola Durán, Miss Dominican Republic 2012, originally was supposed to compete in Miss Universe. However, Durán was dethroned after it was discovered that she was previously married and is divorced. Due to this, Dulcita Lieggi, the first runner-up of Miss Dominican Republic 2012, replaced Durán as the representative of the Dominican Republic in Miss Universe.[13] Natalie Korneitsik, the first runner-up of Miss Estonia 2012, was appointed to represent Estonia after Kätlin Valdmets, Miss Estonia 2012, withdrew due to lack of sponsorship.[14] Marie Payet, the first runner-up of Miss France 2012, was appointed to represent France due to a potential date conflict between Miss Universe 2012 and Miss France 2013, at which Delphine Wespiser, Miss France 2012, was contractually obligated to be present.[15]

Channa Divouvi, the first runner-up of Miss Gabon 2012, was appointed to represent Gabon due to a potential date conflict between Miss Universe 2012 and Miss Gabon 2013, at which Marie-Noëlle Ada, Miss Gabon 2012, was contractually obligated to be present.[16] Shilpa Singh, the first runner-up of I Am She 2012, was appointed to represent India after Urvashi Rautela, Miss Universe India 2012, withdrew due to being underage as well as being the reigning Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International at that time.[17] Avianca Böhm, Miss Universe New Zealand 2012, was replaced by her first runner-up, Talia Bennett, due to citizenship issues.[18] Isabella Ayuk, Most Beautigul Girl in Nigeria 2012, switched pageants with Damiete Charles Granville, Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Universe 2012, due to being overage at Miss World.[19]

Andrea Huisgen, Miss Spain 2011, originally was scheduled to participate in this edition. However, the Miss Spain organization fell into bankruptcy and the license to participate in Miss Universe went to a new organization called Miss Universe Spain. Although the rights to participate at Miss Universe was given to the Miss Universe Spain organization, the organization still allowed Huisgen to compete at Miss Universe after giving up her contract with Miss Spain.[20]

The 2012 edition saw the debuts of Gabon and Lithuania, and the returns of Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Namibia, and Norway.[21] Bulgaria, Ethiopia, and Namibia last competed in 2009, while Norway last competed in 2010. Egypt, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Slovenia, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands withdrew. Aĭnur Tolyeuova of Kazakhstan withdrew due to being underage. Egypt, Portugal, Slovenia, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands withdrew after their respective organizations failed to hold a national competition or appoint a delegate.[22]

Miss Universe allows transgender women to compete

Beginning in 2013, the Miss Universe Organization allows transgender women to compete in the competition following the consultations with the GLAAD Organization. The changes in the rules came after Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman competing at Miss Universe Canada 2012, was reinstated back into the Miss Universe Canada 2012 pageant.[23] Talackova was initially removed from the competition by the organization because she "did not meet the requirements to compete".[24] However, a month after the disqualification of Talackova, the Miss Universe Organization allowed Talackova to compete provided that "she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions."[25] Talackova eventually placed in the Top 12 of Miss Universe Canada 2012, and is also one of the four contestants to win the Miss Congeniality award.[26]

Six years after the pagent rules were changed, Ángela Ponce of Spain made history in 2018 as the first transgender contestant competing at Miss Universe.[27]

Results

Miss Universe 2012 participating countries and territories.
Miss Universe 2012 participating countries and territories.

Placements

Placement[28] Contestant
Miss Universe 2012
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 16

Special awards

Award[28] Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Best National Costume

Final results[28] Contestant
Winner
2nd Place
3rd Place
4th Place
5th Place
Top 10

Pageant

Format

Same with 2011, 15 semifinalists were chosen through the preliminary competition— composed of the swimsuit and evening gown competitions and closed-door interviews. The internet voting is still being implemented, with fans being able to vote for another delegate to advance into the semifinals, making the number of semifinalists 16. However, the winner of the Fan Vote was not revealed during the final telecast.[29] The top 16 competed in the swimsuit competition and were narrowed down to the top 10 afterward. The top 10 competed in the evening gown competition and were narrowed down to the top 5 afterward. The top 5 competed in the question and answer round and the final look.[28]

Selection committee

Preliminary competition

Final telecast

Contestants

89 contestants competed for the title.[32]

Country/Territory Contestant Age[a] Hometown
Albania Albania Adrola Dushi[33] 19 Rrëshen
Angola Angola Marcelina Vahekeni[34] 22 Ondjiva
Argentina Argentina Camila Solórzano[35] 23 Tucumán
Aruba Aruba Liza Helder[36] 23 Oranjestad
Australia Australia Renae Ayris[37] 22 Perth
The Bahamas Bahamas Celeste Marshall[38] 20 Nassau
Belgium Belgium Laura Beyne[39] 20 Brussels
Bolivia Bolivia Yéssica Mouton[40] 24 Santa Cruz
Botswana Botswana Sheillah Molelekwa[41] 19 Gaborone
Brazil Brazil Gabriela Markus[42] 24 Teutônia
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands Abigail Hyndman[43] 22 Road Town
Bulgaria Bulgaria Zhana Yaneva[44] 23 Sofia
Canada Canada Adwoa Yamoah[11] 26 Calgary
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Lindsay Japal[45] 24 Georgetown
Chile Chile Ana Luisa König[46] 22 Santiago
China China Xu Jidan[47] 22 Shanghai
Colombia Colombia Daniella Álvarez[48] 24 Barranquilla
Costa Rica Costa Rica Nazareth Cascante[49] 22 Alajuela
Croatia Croatia Elizabeta Burg[50] 19 Vrbanja
Curaçao Curaçao Monifa Jansen[51] 19 Willemstad
Cyprus Cyprus Ioanna Yiannakou[32] 19 Paphos
Czech Republic Czech Republic Tereza Chlebovská[52] 22 Krnov
Denmark Denmark Josefine Hewitt[53] 19 Esbjerg
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dulcita Lieggi[54] 23 Santo Domingo
Ecuador Ecuador Carolina Aguirre[55] 19 Guayaquil
El Salvador El Salvador Ana Yancy Clavel[56] 20 San Salvador
Estonia Estonia Natalie Korneitsik[57] 23 Tallinn
Ethiopia Ethiopia Helen Getachew[58] 22 Addis Ababa
Finland Finland Sara Chafak[59] 22 Helsinki
France France Marie Payet[60] 20 Saint-Denis
Gabon Gabon Channa Divouvi[32] 21 Ngounié
Georgia (country) Georgia Tamar Shedania[32] 20 Zugdidi
Germany Germany Alicia Endemann[61] 23 Hamburg
Ghana Ghana Gifty Ofori[62] 24 Accra
United Kingdom Great Britain Holly Hale[63] 22 Llanelli
Greece Greece Vasiliki Tsirogianni[64] 24 Thessaloniki
Guam Guam Alyssa Cruz Aguero[65] 24 Barrigada
Guatemala Guatemala Laura Godoy[66] 24 Guatemala City
Guyana Guyana Ruqayyah Boyer[67] 22 Georgetown
Haiti Haiti Christela Jacques[68] 19 Pétion-Ville
Honduras Honduras Jennifer Andrade[69] 24 Tegucigalpa
Hungary Hungary Ágnes Konkoly[70] 25 Budapest
India India Shilpa Singh[71] 23 Samastipur
Indonesia Indonesia Maria Selena[72] 22 Semarang
Republic of Ireland Ireland Adrienne Murphy[73] 22 Dublin
Israel Israel Lina Makhuli[74] 19 Haifa
Italy Italy Grazia Pinto[75] 24 Catania
Jamaica Jamaica Chantal Zaky[76] 24 Port Antonio
Japan Japan Ayako Hara[77] 24 Sendai
Kosovo Kosovo Diana Avdiu[78] 19 Mitrovica
Lebanon Lebanon Rina Chibany[79] 21 Zahle
Lithuania Lithuania Greta Mikalauskytė[80] 19 Šiauliai
Malaysia Malaysia Kimberley Leggett[81] 19 Penang
Mauritius Mauritius Ameeksha Dilchand[82] 26 Curepipe
Mexico Mexico Karina González[83] 21 Aguascalientes City
Montenegro Montenegro Andrea Radonjić[84] 20 Podgorica
Namibia Namibia Tsakana Nkandih[85] 22 Windhoek
Netherlands Netherlands Nathalie den Dekker[32] 22 Amstelveen
New Zealand New Zealand Talia Bennett[18] 26 Auckland
Nicaragua Nicaragua Farah Eslaquit[86] 21 La Concepcion
Nigeria Nigeria Isabella Ayuk[19] 26 Ikom
Norway Norway Sara Nicole Andersen[87] 20 Oslo
Panama Panama Stephanie Vander Werf[88] 26 Panama City
Paraguay Paraguay Egni Eckert[89] 25 Luque
Peru Peru Nicole Faverón[90] 24 Iquitos
Philippines Philippines Janine Tugonon[91] 23 Orion
Poland Poland Marcelina Zawadzka[92] 23 Malbork
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Bodine Koehler[93] 20 San Juan
Romania Romania Delia Duca[94] 26 Brașov
Russia Russia Elizabeth Golovanova[95] 19 Smolensk
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Tara Edward[96] 25 Gros Islet
Serbia Serbia Branislava Mandić[97] 21 Čurug
Singapore Singapore Lynn Tan[98] 24 Singapore
Slovakia Slovakia Ľubica Štepanová[99] 24 Prievidza
South Africa South Africa Melinda Bam[100] 23 Pretoria
South Korea South Korea Lee Sung-hye[101] 24 Seoul
Spain Spain Andrea Huisgen[20] 22 Barcelona
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sabrina Herft[102] 25 Colombo
Sweden Sweden Hanni Beronius[103] 22 Göteborg
Switzerland Switzerland Alina Buchschacher[104] 21 Bern
Tanzania Tanzania Winfrida Dominic[105] 19 Dar es Salaam
Thailand Thailand Farida Waller[106] 19 Krabi
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Avionne Mark[107] 23 Champ Fleurs
Turkey Turkey Çağıl Özge Özkul[108] 24 Ankara
Ukraine Ukraine Anastasia Chernova[109] 19 Kharkov
United States United States Olivia Culpo[110] 20 Cranston
Uruguay Uruguay Camila Vezzoso[111] 19 Artigas
Venezuela Venezuela Irene Esser[112] 21 Río Caribe
Vietnam Vietnam Lưu Thị Diễm Hương[113] 22 Ho Chi Minh City

Notes

  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant

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