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Image: Miss USA Culpo waves after being crowned during the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas
  Crowning Miss Universe 2012
Miss USA walked away with the Miss Universe crown by beating 89 other pageant queens. See their gorgeous gowns, festive costumes and more.

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Image: Laura Kaeppeler being crowned
  Miss America 2012
In dazzling gowns and sexy bikinis, 53 contestants competed for the pageant’s coveted crown.

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Image: Miss California Carrie Prejean
  Beauty queen scandals
They may be beautiful, but the competition can get ugly. From blackmail to sabotage, check out the underside of the pageant circuit.

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Image: Olivia Culpo
  Rhode Islander wins Miss USA 2012
Fifty-one hopefuls were whittled down to one winner after the swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions.

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Miss Klingon? 12 bizarre beauty pageants
Forget Miss America! These contests celebrate a different standard of beauty.
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Miss America
Miss America: Where are they now?
Find out what happened after they've passed on the crown and the baton.

Ambush Makeover
  2 women looks years younger after makeovers
Hairstylist Louis Licari and TODAY contributor Jill Martin help two women kick-start fall by giving them makeovers from head to toe.

TODAY fashion video
Miss J teaches Tamron how to walk in sky-high heels
J. Alexander, a.k.a. Miss J of “America’s Next Top Model” and podiatrist Hillary Brenner join TODAY for Tamron’s Tuesday Trend, to demonstrate how to walk in sky-high shoes, and to offer heel health tips.


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