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The parade of national ensembles in the Miss Universe 2012 pageant was a treat. The runway presented an opportunity for 88 of the 89 contestants from around the world to strut in the most colorful and festive fantasy costumes, showcasing the beauty and history of their respective nation. Here are our favorites. Adwoa Yamoah, Miss…

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Miss USA Olivia Culpo has been crowned Miss Universe 2012. It’s the eighth win for Miss USA; previous titles were won in 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995 and 1997. Culpo will wear the crown designed by Diamond Nexus Labs, which is set with 1,371 gemstones, weighing a total of 416.09 carats.  It contains 544.31 grams of 14k and…

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