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Rhode Islander wins Miss USA 2012

Fifty-one hopefuls were whittled down to one winner after the swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions.

Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, center, is surrounded by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss USA during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, Sunday, June 3 in Las Vegas. Julie Jacobson / AP
Miss Rhode Island looks toward the audience after being crowned Miss USA. Julie Jacobson / AP
Miss Rhode Island reacts as she is crowned by Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella. Steve Marcus / Reuters
Miss Rhode Island waits with Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, before the winner of Miss USA 2012 is announced. Steve Marcus / Reuters
The five top five finalists, from left, Miss Ohio, Miss Maryland, Miss Rhode Island, Miss Nevada and Miss Georgia stand together during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. Julie Jacobson / AP
The top 10 finalists pose in their evening gowns. Julie Jacobson / AP
The ten Miss USA finalists pose on stage during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, in Las Vegas. Julie Jacobson / AP
Miss Colorado, Marybel Gonzalez, walks the runway during the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. Julie Jacobson / AP
Miss Rhode Island takes part in the swimsuit competition. Julie Jacobson / AP
Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, walks in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. Julie Jacobson / AP
Andy Cohen, center left, and Giuliana Rancic open the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. Julie Jacobson / AP
Miss Ohio, Audrey Bolte, walks along the stage after being announced as one of 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. Julie Jacobson / AP
Miss Texas, Brittany Booker, right, walks along the stage after being announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. Julie Jacobson / AP
Miss New Jersey, Michelle Leonardo, left, reacts as she is announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. Julie Jacobson / AP
Co-Owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, addresses Miss USA contestants on the last day of rehearsal for the Miss USA 2012 Competition. Greg Harbaugh / AP