Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo Crowned Miss USA 2012
Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss USA by judge panels Rob Kardashian, Joe Jonas, and Arsenio Hall
Olivia Culpo, 20, of Rhode Island was crowned Miss USA 2012, beating out runners-up from Georgia, Nevada, Ohio, and Maryland. The event, which was held on Sunday night in Las Vegas, was judged by a panel of celebrity guests, including Arsenio Hall, Joe Jonas, and Rob Kardashian, and was visited by Donald Trump.
Winner Culpo is a sophomore at Boston University, and in light of her recent win, she will take a year off from school to fulfill her Miss USA duties, reports Fox News. "Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title of over a natural-born woman," was Culpo's tough question at the pageant, asked by Kardashian and submitted by a viewer via Twitter. The question referred to the case of Jenna Talackova, who was almost disqualified from Trump's Miss Universe Canada competition for being a male-to-female transsexual.
"I do think that that would be fair," Culpo responded, "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."
The fit-as-a-fiddle Culpo, a cellist and the daughter of musicians, claims that she was chubby as a child, but developed her toned bod after a growth spurt. About her win, Cuplo said that she was "just so surprised, so shocked, so honored to be there."
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