Olivia Culpo: Five Things About Miss USA 2012
A new Miss USA was crowned Sunday night. She's Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island.
The 20-year-old brown-haired beauty beat out first runner-up Nana Meriwether of Maryland, second runner-up Audrey Bolte of Ohio, third runner-up Jade Kelsall of Nevada and fourth runner-up Jasmyn Wilkins of Georgia, to take the title. She will now compete in the 61st Miss Universe pageant later in December.
Here are five things to know about the new Miss USA:
She's Got Beauty and Brains
Culpo, who just finished her sophomore year at Boston University, has been on the Dean's List every semester, according to her Miss USA bio. She also describes herself as a "nerd" on her Twitter page.
She Didn't Always Have That Body
Culpo was "short and chubby" growing up, according to the description read while she strutted across the stage in a lilac bikini during the swimsuit round.
She's a Musician
Culpo spent her summers at band camp after learning to play the cello in second grade. She has her parents to thank for her musical ear; they are also musicians. Culpo has played cello with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Her Idol Is Audrey Hepburn
Culpo, who lists model and actress on her Twitter page, aspires to be like Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn. "She was beautiful on the outside but also beautiful on the inside," Culpo told the judges in response to a question. After her win, she sang the chorus of "Funny Face" from her favorite movie of the same name, starring Audrey Hepburn, and said she planned to visit Tiffany & Co. in New York to recreate Hepburn's iconic opening scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
She's LGBT Friendly
Unlike former Miss California's Carrie Prejean, who lost out on the Miss USA 2009 crown after responding that marriage should be between a man and a woman, Culpo embraced the Miss Universe Organization's recent decision to admit transgender contestants. "I do think that that would be fair, but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it's a free country," Culpo said in response to the first-ever Twitter question in the competition, "Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?"