December 7, 2012 11:16 PM EST
Miss Universe 2012 Contestants in Bikini; Shilpa Singh Represents India [PHOTOS]
The time of the year, when gorgeous and beautiful women around the world compete for the coveted crown, has come again. Beauties from 89 countries are currently in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, preparing for the final event.
The 61st Miss Universe pageant will be held on December 19, 2012 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, will crown the winner at the event.
Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic will host the event and the audience will be treated with a performance from Train.
Shilpa Singh, the winner of I Am She- Miss Universe 2012, will represent India at the international pageant. She was the first runner-up at the beauty pageant but later upgraded after the original winner Urvashi Rautela was dethroned following her age controversy.
The 23-year-old software engineer from Bihar will compete with 88 beauties from around the world on 19th of this month. She will wear the creation of designers Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor in the finale.
It is over a decade since India last brought home the Miss Universe title. Bollywood actress Lara Dutta was the last Indian to be crowned Miss Universe, and it was way back in 2000. So, it is natural for the public to expect Shilpa to bring it back.