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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
  ‘Holy smokes!’ Hubby freaks over wife’s makeover
Hairstylist Louis Licari and TODAY contributor Jill Martin sweep two women off the plaza and give them fabulous makeovers that wow family and friends alike.

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Bobbie’s Buzz: Facial cleansers, nail helpers, more
TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas shows Kathie Lee and Hoda a collection of beauty products that can help cleanse and hydrate your skin as well as a healthy way to get knockout nails.


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