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.
Dec 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.
Apr 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.