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    Miss USA 2012

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

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    And the winner is...

    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.

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    Here she is!

    Miss Rhode Island looks toward the audience after being crowned Miss USA.

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    Passing on the crown

    Miss Rhode Island reacts as she is crowned by Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella.

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    The last two

    Miss Rhode Island waits with Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, before the winner of Miss USA 2012 is announced.

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    Fabulous five

    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.

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    Best dressed

    The top 10 finalists pose in their evening gowns.

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    Top ten

    The ten Miss USA finalists pose on stage during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, in Las Vegas.

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    Swimming style

    Miss Colorado, Marybel Gonzalez, walks the runway during the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant.

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    Looking swimmingly

    Miss Rhode Island takes part in the swimsuit competition.

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    Showing off swimwear

    Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, walks in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant.

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    Tonight's hosts are...

    Andy Cohen, center left, and Giuliana Rancic open the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.

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    Sweet sixteen

    Miss Ohio, Audrey Bolte, walks along the stage after being announced as one of 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant.

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    Cutting down the competition

    Miss Texas, Brittany Booker, right, walks along the stage after being announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant.

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    Picked from the pack

    Miss New Jersey, Michelle Leonardo, left, reacts as she is announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant.

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    The Donald makes a speech

    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.

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