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Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old Rhode Island native, beat 88 other beauty queens from around the world to be crowned as Miss Universe 2012 in a gala ceremony in Las Vegas Dec. 19. India’s Shilpa Singh made it only to the top 16 spot. This marks the 12th year in a row that India has lost out on the pageant.
Singh, from Samastipur, Bihar, described as “a passionate dancer and runway model” on the “I Am She” site, is a computer science graduate currently employed by Infosys Technologies. Singh enjoys cooking, playing basketball, swimming, and playing pool.
Uttarakhand’s Urvashi Rautela, the original winner of the “I Am She” title in India, had to withdraw from the pageant because she was found to have been 25 days below the minimum age limit of 18 years. Singh then stepped in to complete her reign.
(PTI reports were incorporated in this story)