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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: Where are they now?
Find out what happened after they've passed on the crown and the baton.

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  ‘You look awesome!’ Son loves mom’s makeover
Hair stylist Louis Licari and TODAY contributor Jill Martin give makeovers to two lovely ladies visiting the rainy TODAY plaza.

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