Diana Xu from Shanghai edged out other 19 finalists to become Miss Universe China 2012. She received her crown from Paris Hilton, one of the celebrity judges.

The first runner-up was Amelia Xu and the second runner-up was Jessica Zhang.

The winner was not among the favorites for the title, and pageant observers from around the world believe China will not be as successful in this year’s edition of Miss Universe as it was last year, when its representative finished in 5th place.

Only time will tell…