Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island has been crowned Miss USA 2012 beating out a number of beautiful and talented Latinas along the way, including Miss Mississippi Myverick Garcia, Miss Colorado Marybel Gonzalez, Miss New York USA Johanna Sambucini.
Culpo, a 2nd year student at the Boston University, will be taking a year off from her studies to tackle her duties as Miss USA and represent the nation in the 61st Miss Universe contest come December, later this year. The 20-year-old said she wished she could have shared her crown with her 50 competitors during the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Speaking shortly after the event, Culpo said she aspires to be more like Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, noting her many years of volunteer work.
As for her win, the model said ‘I was just so surprised, so shocked, so honored to be there‘.
Olivia Culpo in swim suit
Culpo said she was short and chubby as a girl, but blossomed after a growth spurt. She spent her summers at band camp after learning to play the cello in second grade. Her parents are also musicians, and her love for music saw her perform at Symphony Hall in Boston and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The pageant had three competitions: swimsuit, evening gowns and interview question. The contestants were whittled to 16 after the show’s opening fashion show number. The contestants were later narrowed down to a field of 10 and then five.
Congrats to Olivia Culpo.
Now over to you, do you think Olivia is hot…or not?
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