Miss Maryland USA 2012, Nana Meriwether, was officially crowned Miss USA 2012 by the reigning Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo of the USA. Meriwether (27) was Culpo's first runner-up at last year's Miss USA Pageant. When Culpo (20) who was first Miss Rhode Island USA won Miss Universe, she had to give up her Miss USA title to fulfil her Miss Universe duties. Meriwether automatically assumed the Miss USA title when the Miss Universe crowned was placed on Culpo's head. She now also becomes Maryland's first official Miss USA. Leona Gage won the title for the state in 1957 but she was dethroned shortly after winning the title after it was found out that she was married with children. Meriwether was crowned by Culpo at a press conference which was also attended by the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump.
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