Camila Serakides (23) from Brazil, was crowned Miss Continente Americano 2012 during the 7th edition of the competition held at the Palacio de Cristal in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on September 29th.

The 1st runner-up or “virreina” was Miss Panama, Maricely Gonzalez Pomares; and the 2nd runner-up was Miss Argentina, Josefina Herrero.

Paraguay (Liliana Santa Cruz), Costa Rica (Fabiana Granados) and Mexico (Karen Padilla) completed the group of finalists.

The winner was crowned by outgoing titleholder Claudia Schiess, of Ecuador.  The show also saw the debut of reigning Miss Ecuador Universe Carolina Aguirre as a singer.

Miss Canada, Kesiah Papasin was elected Miss Congeniality, and Miss Mexico Karen Padilla was Miss Photogenic. Colombia’s Melissa Cano won the Best National Costume award.

21 contestants competed in the annual event.

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The Top 6 finalists