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Planet Hollywood Rolls Out Red Carpet for 2012 Miss Universe Contestants

Miss Universe Leila Lopes
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
 rolled out the red carpet for 89 of the world’s most beautiful women when the resort hosted the official Las Vegas welcome event for the 2012 MISS Universe Competition (Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com). 

Miss Albania, reigning Miss Universe Leila Lopes and Miss Angola
Miss Albania, reigning Miss Universe Leila Lopes and Miss Angola

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

The ceremony, co-hosted by Comedian/Writer Nick Teplitz and reigning Miss Universe Leila Lopes, kicked-off nearly three weeks of action-packed events and festivities for the contestants who will reside in Las Vegas until the pageant is telecast live from PH Live at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Miss Universe Leila Lopes
Miss Universe Leila Lopes

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Regional President, David Hoenemeyer and Miss Universe Organization President, Paula Shugart welcomed the contestants and officially launched the start of the MISS UNIVERSE competition with a fashion show featuring this year’s stunning contestants. The event marks the first time the contestants were  formally introduced to media; somewhere within the 89 contestants will be the next Miss Universe.

Miss Universe Leila Lopes and 2012 contestants
Miss Universe Leila Lopes and 2012 contestants

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

Miss Universe Leila Lopes
Miss Universe Leila Lopes

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

Miss Universe Leila Lopes
Miss Universe Leila Lopes

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

Miss Universe Leila Lopes and Nick Teplitz
Miss Universe Leila Lopes and Nick Teplitz

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

David Hoenemeyer, Paula Shugart and Nick Teplitz
David Hoenemeyer, Paula Shugart and Nick Teplitz

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

Nick Teplitz
Nick Teplitz

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.

Miss Universe Leila Lopes
Miss Universe Leila Lopes

Photo: © Scott Harrison/ RETNA/ www.harrisonphotos.com.