By DiMarkco Chandler
By DiMarkco Chandler
Las Vegas—Olivia Culpo, a 20 year old cellist and sophomore at Boston University, has won the Miss USA crown. Culpo will now represent the United States in December in the 2012 Miss Universe pageant.
The newly-crowned Miss USA won over a field of 51 contestants at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Contests competed in a swimsuit category, evening gown competition and interview question.
During the interview final question round, Culpo was asked perhaps one of the most difficult questions of the night: “Would you feel it would be would fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?” The question came from a pageant follower on Twitter. Culpo answered calmly and with great poise, saying, “I do think that would be fair,” and then added, “But I could understand how people could be apprehensive to take that road.” Her answer was met with wild applauses from a thrilled audience.
According to the biographies passed out to guests who attended the event, Culpo graduated from St. Mary Academy Bay View in 2010 as a member of the National Honor Society. In high school, her love for Italian language gave her the opportunity to take part in two foreign language programs to Milan, Italy. As a sophomore at Boston University, Culpo has been on the Dean’s
List every semester.
Olivia Culpo was raised in musically rich surroundings with her parents both having begun their professional lives as musicians. In the second grade, she began studying the cello and went on to participate in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, RI Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, Bay View Orchestra and Rhode Island All-State Orchestra. As a cellist, Olivia won a seat in the Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York City and a tour of England in 2010. She was accepted into an intensive summer music program at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina for two summers. She continues to perform with the Boston University Accompanietta.
Among the judges selected for the pageant were talk show host Arsenio Hall, singer Joe Jonas, reality TV star Rob Kardashian and chef Cat Cora. Culpo, a worthy winner, will now represent the U.S.A. at the 61st Miss Universe pageant.