Las Vegas: India's 12-year-long dry run at the Miss Universe continued with Shilpa Singh losing out in the finals of the 2012 beauty pageant here Wednesday.
Shilpa, 23-year-old Bihar-born girl, entered the top 16 of the Miss Universe competition but failed to progress further.
At the gala ceremony held at Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip, American Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012.
Philippines' Janine Tugonon was adjudged the first runner-up followed by Venezuela's Irene Esser.
Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola crowned Culpo as the new Miss Universe at the glittering ceremony held at Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
As many as 89 beauty queens from around the world descended on Las Vegas Wednesday night to compete for the title of Miss Universe.
The panel of 10 judges included singer Cee Lo Green, Pablo Sandoval of the World Series champion Giants, "Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto and US Olympic beach volleyball gold medallist Kerri Walsh Jennings.