Olivia Culpo Crowned Miss USA 2012
It’s official, we have a new Miss USA: Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island has been crowned our new queen.
Culpo is a cellist who describes herself as a nerd and aspires to be more like Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn. Culpo said after winning her crown Sunday night that she plans to go to Tiffany & Co. in New York and recreate Hepburn’s iconic opening scene from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Culpo, a Boston University sophomore, will take a year off from her studies to tackle her duties as Miss USA and represent the nation in the 61st Miss Universe contest in December.
After making it to the final five, Culpo voiced her support for transgender beauty queens during the make-or-break interview round.
“Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?” asked celebrity judge Rob Kardashian. The question came from a pageant follower on Twitter, a first for the competition.
Culpo didn’t hesitate before embracing 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.
Culpo said after the pageant that she wasn’t put off by the question when she heard it.
“This is a free country and to each their own,” she said.