Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas. She became the eighth beauty of the United States to win the tittle. Other Americans to win the prize include Miriam Stevenson (1954), Carol Morris (1956), Linda Bernent (1960), Sylvia Hitchcock (1967), Shawn Weatherly (1980), Chelsi Smith (1995), and Brook Lee (1997).
Olivia Culpo Profile:
- Country: Rhode Island
- Hometown: Cranston
- Age: 20
- On June 3, 2012, Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss USA 2012 at the Planet
Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 20-year-old
cellist of Cranston, Rhode Island became the first titleholder from her
state to capture the crown.
- The middle child of five children, Olivia decided to compete for
the title of Miss Rhode Island USA on a whim. With determination and a
passion for performing on stage, Olivia captured her state title in a
$20 “Rent The Runway” dress that was too short and had a tear in the
back. Her road to the crown continued in Las Vegas where she wowed the
judges in a purple Sherri Hill dress and a poised response to the
twitter question regarding transgender contestants.
- Both of Olivia’s parents began their professional lives as
musicians and raised her in a musically rich surrounding. She began
studying the cello in the second grade and from there participated in
the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, RI Philharmonic Chamber
Ensemble, Bay View Orchestra and Rhode Island All-State Orchestra.
Olivia also won a seat in the Boston Symphony Hall, Boston; Carnegie
Hall, New York City; and a tour of England in 2010. Until recently,
Olivia was performing with the Boston Accompanietta.
Olivia, who has called herself a “cellist nerd,” graduated with high
honors and a member of the National Honor Society in 2010 from St. Mary
Academy Bay View. Throughout high school, Olivia’s love for Italian
language gave her the opportunity to take part in two foreign language
programs in Milano, Italy. As a sophomore at Boston University, she has
been placed on the Dean’s List every semester. Olivia will place her
education on hold while performing her duties as Miss USA for the next
- An admirer of Audrey Hepburn, Olivia keeps a journal of the actress’s
quotes and even resembles the classical beauty. Shortly after being
crowned, Olivia serenaded her press conference attendees while singing
one of her favorite Audrey Hepburn songs, “Funny Face,” from the 1957
film. The day after her win, she arrived in New York City where she will
reside as Miss USA. During her reign, Olivia will serve as a
spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer and will work closely with
organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda’s Club. She
will also work with the USO as part of the Miss Universe Organization’s
dedication to supporting their troops
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