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Miss Universe 2012: The Top 16 & Miss Congeniality
Miss USA Olivia Culpo claimed the top prize, but the runner-ups shined bright as well. 
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Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, waves to the crowd after being crowned as Miss Universe during the Miss Universe competition, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon takes center stage as one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe pageant, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, turns on stage during the evening gown competition during the Miss Universe pageant, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Renae Ayris, Miss Australia, walks the stage during the swimsuit portion of the Miss Universe competition, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus, walks the stage during the swimsuit portion of the Miss Universe competition, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Miss France, Marie Payet, takes center stage as one of the final 16 contestants during the Miss Universe competition, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Miss Hungary 2012, Agnes Konkoly, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Miss Mexico 2012, Karina Gonzalez, competes in her Kooey Australia swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the Swimsuit Competition of the 2012 Miss Universe Presentation Show on Thursday, December 13th at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 89 Miss Universe Contestants will compete for the Diamond Nexus Crown on the LIVE NBC Telecast of the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant set for 8:00 PM ET on December 19, 2012.?HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP
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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Miss Russia 2012, Elizabeth Golonova, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Miss South Africa 2012, Melinda Bam, reacts after being named one of the top 10 finalists during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Miss Croatia 2012, Elizabeta Burg, is introduced during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Miss Kosovo 2012, Diana Avdiu, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Miss India 2012, Shilpa Singh, is introduced during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Miss Peru 2012, Nicole Faveron competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Miss Poland 2012, Marcelina Zawadzka, performs onstage at the 2012 Miss Universe National Costume Show on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 89 Miss Universe Contestants will compete for the Diamond Nexus Crown on Dec. 19, 2012.? (AP Photo/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Miss Turkey 2012, Cagil Ozhe Ozkul, is named a top 16 finalist during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 23: Miss Guatemala 2010, Jessica Scheel, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center August 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Miss Universe 2012: The Top 16 & Miss Congeniality

Miss USA Olivia Culpo claimed the top prize, but the runner-ups shined bright as well. 

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