Joan Vaneva (22, from Blagoevgrad) was crowned Miss Universe Bulgaria 2012 during a new competition held at the Big Apple club in Sin City, Sofia, on September 29th.

Standing 178 cm in height, Joan will represent Bulgaria in the 2012 Miss Universe pageant to be held Dec. 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This marks the return of Bulgaria to the international competition after a 2-year absence. Their last participation took place in 2009.