A contestant from the La Vega province was crowned the new Miss Dominican Republic Universe (Miss República Dominicana Universo). The contest is held in Santo Domingo which decides who will represent the Dominican Republic in the Miss Universe pageant to be held in December of 2012.
Carlina Duran Baldera was crowned by last years winner Dalia Fernández in the Jaragua Hotel in Santo Domingo on April 17th, 2012. The 1st runner-up was Miss Distrito Nacional, Dulcita Leggi, and the 2nd runner-up was Miss Santiago, Carolyn Hawa. Global Beauties also named Carlina Duran the 2011 “Sexiest Woman in the Caribbean”.