Fashion Dress $500, Fashion shoes $125, Earrings $65, becoming Miss USA 2012: Priceless. 20 year old students are usually in college studying hard to get a college degree. Sure they have fun and excitement in college and the idea of fame is never out of the question, but for Olivia Culpo life has just became a little different.
The 20 year old Rhode Island native has quite an interesting lifestyle, and has accomplished a wide range of impressive things. Her most recent being crowed this year’s Miss USA 2012. Culpo who has been a Cellist for 13 years and started playing the cello in second grade.
She embraces the importance that music has had in her life as both of her parents were musicians. She is not your normal Cellist, as she been privilege to perform at Boston Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Culpo who comes from a big Italian family and speaks some Italian, describes herself as a nerd and a model.
Culpo is a soph0more at Boston University and has made the Dean list this year. To go along with being an impressive cello player, and smart student, she had also made Miss USA history. Sunday night June 3, 2012 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Culpo became just the first Rhode Islander to win Miss USA.
“I was just so surprised, so shocked, so honored to be there,” she said of her win to reporters.
Culpo beat out 50 other equally talent young ladies to capture the crown.
“We weren’t surprised at all by Rhode Island’s win – she had a gorgeous evening gown and got to show off her brains in both her candid question moment and then in her final question.” Stated one of the judges
The Miss USA voting panel this year was loaded with different celebrity judges from the entire entertainment spectrum. There were judges that knew their fashion like the co-host of E!’s “Fashion Police”, Mr. George Kotsiopoulous to give the trendy fashion edge. Reality TV stars were also peppered through the panel with Ali Fedotowsky from The Bachelourette and Rob Kardashian who is all over TV these days.
Even the old late night talk show host Arsenio Hall graced the panel with an edge from his recent win on Celebrity Apprentice. For a touch of taste on the taste bud side the famous chef Cat Cora was also a judge. For a little dose of Hollywood flare Marilu Henner an accomplished actress was also on the panel. Another one of the judges was one of the Jonas Brothers and a popular musician, Mr. Joe Jonas. A previous winner of Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza was there to lend her expertise and handle on the pageant life. These celebrity judges gave their expertise to make the judging smart and entertaining.
Culpo’s answer to a complex, hot topic question may have sealed the win for her in the end. The question was asked by Rob Kardashian who got the question from an avid pageant follower on twitter. The question was an incredibly hard one to answer for just about anyone which was, “Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?”
“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.
The Miss USA pageant was divided up into three different competitions that had to be judged on. One that many are familiar with is the swimsuit competition where beauty is obviously important along with fitness and presentation. The evening gowns allow the girls to show off some class and display their cleaned up look with beautiful evening dresses from designers around the world. The one that puts the girls on the grill and makes them prove whether they have the brains & heart to win is the interview question competition. The contests were broken up by performances like Cobra Starship performing on the Miss USA pageant show during the bikini presentation in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Culpo will now take a year off of school to take care of the duties that come with being Miss USA. In December Culpo will represent the USA in the Miss Universe pageant. An American has not been named Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997, so Ms. Culpo has her work made out for her to pull off a win.