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Olivia Culpo Is 2012 Miss USA!

Olivia Culpo

Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo is 2012 Miss USA and she looks good. The cellist from Rhode Island won the Miss USA crown on Sunday, June 3, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 20-year-old beauty will represent the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant later this year. The last time an American has been named Miss Universe was back in 1997 and that beauty was Brook Lee.

Culpo impressed the judged by taking the stage in a purple bikini and a purple evening gown with sparkly belt. The judge’s panel included Chef Cat Cora, TV personality Arsenio Hall, singer Joe Jonas and reality TV star Rob Kardashian.

But what made her win was probably the answer to the most difficult question of the night. “Would it be fair for a person born a man to be named Miss Universe after becoming a woman?” she was asked.  “I do think that would be fair. But I could understand how people could be apprehensive to take that road”, she said.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella crowned Culpo her successor at the end of the night.

Miss Iowa USA Rebecca Hodge was named Miss Congeniality, and Miss Oregon USA Alaina Bergsma was named the most photogenic.

The Miss Universe Organization is co-owned by NBC and Donald Trump. The competition is not affiliated with the Miss America pageant.

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