May 29, 2013 The happy yet doomed reign of Denise Garrido as Miss Universe Canada lasted just one day, after a scoring mix-up was found to have incorrectly awarded her the title Saturday. The crown was then given to another contestant, Riza Santos of Calgary.
December 20, 2012 Culpo is the first American to win the crown in 15 years. Former Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin, loses a defamation lawsuit for making false statements that the Miss USA pageant was rigged.
April 10, 2012 Jenna Talackova of Canada, a transgendered woman, wins the right to participate in Canada's Miss Universe contest. The Miss Universe organization will permit any transgendered woman to compete starting in the next pageant year.