miss rhode island 2012

Miss USA 2012: Olivia Culpo

Congratulations to the beautiful Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo! 

After a fantastic pageant full of gorgeous women and fabulous dresses, say hello to the new Miss USA 2012! A twenty year old Rhode Island native, Olivia Culpo grew up from being a self professed “short nerd” to a lovely, winning woman. 

While Olivia is shorter than the average beauty queen, her smile, physique and compassionate, positive attitude prove that beauty comes in all heights, shapes and sizes.

During the press conference after the pageant, Olivia burst into a song from the Audrey Hepburn movie “Funny Face” because as she explains, “it just goes to show you you can be beautiful and geeky.” Olivia sees herself in the movie because Audrey stars as a geeky woman turned model. 

Olivia also plans to head to famed jewelry store Tiffany’s as soon as she gets to her new home in New York to reenact her favorite scene from another of her favorite Audrey Hepburn movies: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 

Olivia’s other interests include playing the cello, a talent she learned at a young age. She has even performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City!  In high school, her love of the Italian language led her to two study abroad programs in Milan, Italy. To continue her education, Olivia just finished her sophomore year at Boston College. And, to further prove she’s not just a pretty face, Olivia made the Dean’s List every semester her sophomore year. 

Olivia will compete against contestants around the world in the Miss Universe 2012 pageant. Good luck!