Meet Miss USA 2012: Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo

June 4, 2012 By:
Meet Miss USA 2012: Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo

It feels like only yesterday we crowned Miss USA 2011's winner to Miss….uhmmm…Miss….okay, so nobody can remember who wins beauty pageants after it happens, but according to Google, every single person on the Internet this morning wanted to know who won last night’s 2012 Miss USA Pageant.

Because you asked, I will tell you. It was 20-year-old Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island.

Her win was thanked in part when she kept her cool during the usually disastrous interview portion of the night. A category usually reserved for conservative political values and stumbling over multisyllabic words.

When asked the question, “Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the USA title over a natural-born woman?” Culpo embraced the Miss Universe Organization’s recent decision to admit transgendered contestants and said, “I do think 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.”

Clearly, it was the winning answer.

Culpo is a cellist, a self-described nerd, and wants to be like Audrey Hepburn. Don’t we all, Olivia. Don’t we all.

She’s currently a Boston University sophomore, but will take a year off for her Miss USA duties, which I can only imagine, involves a lot of false eyelashes and hand shaking.

The best part of the Miss USA telecast was that the celebrity judges included Joe Jonas, TV Chef Cat Cora, former TV host Arsenio Hall, actress Marilu Henner, and TV personality Rob Kardashian. Yes, they couldn’t even get Khloe, or one of those tiny Jenner sisters.

The show was hosted by Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic, so that was pretty awesome.