MUSICAL Miss USA Olivia Culpo has been crowned the sexiest woman in the universe beating 88 other beauty queens.
Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon came second and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero was third.
Boston University student Olivia is the first Miss USA to win Miss Universe in 15 years.
The cello-playing brunette takes over from last year’s winner, Leila Lopes, a former Miss Angola.
The 88 girls were whittled down to 16 semi-finalists before a final five were chosen – with Miss Australia and Miss Brazil narrowly missing out on the top three.
Olivia grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, with two professional musicians for parents and has played the cello alongside world-renowned classical musician Yo-Yo Ma.
On her Miss Universe page, she said she hopes to pursue a career in film or television, and says her role model is Audrey Hepburn because of her “generosity, intelligence and grace.”
The Miss Universe pageant was back in Las Vegas this year after being held in Sao Paulo in 2011. It was streamed live to more than 100 countries.