By Sadie Gennis,
After a fifteen year drought, America is back on top! Miss USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
Culpo is the first American to win since 1997 when Hawaii's Brook Lee took home the crown.
"What an honor! This night was a dream come true. Thank you everyone for your support tonight!! USA finally did it!" Culpo tweeted.
According to her Miss Universe bio, Culpo, a 20-year-old Rhode Island native, is a cello player who hopes to pursue a career in film or television.
She beat out Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, who came in second and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, who came in third.
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