Olivia Culpo

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Olivia Culpo
Beauty pageant titleholder
Olivia Culpo 2012.jpg
Olivia Culpo at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 28, 2012
Born Olivia Frances Culpo
(1992-05-08) May 8, 1992 (age 22)
Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.
Height 5'5"
(1.66 m) [1]
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Rhode Island USA 2012
Miss USA 2012
Miss Universe 2012
Miss Rhode Island USA 2012
Miss USA 2012
Miss Universe 2012

Olivia Frances Culpo (born May 8, 1992) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss USA 2012 pageant,[2][3] representing her home state of Rhode Island. She previously won the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition, which was the first pageant she entered.[4] Crowned Miss Universe 2012 in Las Vegas; she is the first winner from the USA to obtain the crown since Brook Lee in 1997.


Miss Rhode Island USA 2012[edit]

Culpo's first pageant was for Miss Rhode Island USA 2012. Culpo was crowned Miss Rhode Island on September 18, 2011, in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Mayor Fung honors Cranston resident Olivia Culpa with a key to the City, after her coronation as Miss USA 2012,

Miss USA 2012[edit]

Culpo competed in the Miss USA 2012 competition on June 3, 2012, representing the state of Rhode Island. She won the title of Miss USA. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011 of California.[2] On July 6, 2012, the city of Cranston, Rhode Island held a special homecoming celebration honoring Culpo for her pageant win. A story time program was held at the Cranston Public Library at which Culpo read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to a group of children. At an outdoor ceremony held at Cranston City Hall, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung presented Culpo with the key to the city.[5][6][7]

Miss Universe 2012[edit]

Culpo represented the USA at the Miss Universe 2012 pageant that was held on December 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She won the competition and was crowned Miss Universe 2012, becoming the eighth representative from the USA to win the title, the first since 1997. Culpo also became the first Rhode Islander to win the Miss Universe title. She succeeds outgoing titleholder, Leila Lopes from Angola.[8]

In January 2013, Culpo visited Indonesia for three weeks and helped crown the winner of Puteri Indonesia 2013 on February 1 in Jakarta. She also visited Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Bali during her visit. In Jakarta, Culpo hosted a discussion with young Indonesians for the United Nations Population Fund on HIV and youth prevention at the United States Embassy's cultural center @america.[9] Culpo also filmed publicity for YOU•C1000 while in Borobudur.

Culpo attended the 85th Academy Awards, The Oscars at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on February 24, 2013.

In March 2013, Culpo visited Russia along with Miss World 2012, Wenxia Yu of China to judge Miss Russia 2013 on March 2 in Moscow. On March 10, 2013, Culpo traveled to Chicago, Illinois for the launch of the CHI Magazine Spring/Summer Issue and the announcement ceremony of Miss CHI 2013.

On April 20, 2013, Culpo traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to make an appearance at Dillard's with Chinese Laundry.

In May 2013, Culpo traveled to Moscow, Russia for the grand opening of Rose Bar. It was also the premiere of Emin's new single, Amor featuring Culpo in the music video.

In June 2013, Culpo was invited to the annual party parade in Machala, Ecuador. On June 16, 2013, Culpo along with her boss, Donald Trump announced the date and location for Miss Universe 2013; Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013, on stage during the Miss USA 2013 pageant. Culpo then visited Morocco. Olivia visited Niagara Falls.

On July 10, 2013, Culpo attended the 'Grown Ups 2' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City. On July 23, 2013, Culpo walked on the America's Got Talent pre-show red carpet with Miss Teen USA 2012, Logan West at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Culpo also filmed a car chase through the streets of downtown Nassau, The Bahamas in mid-July. On July 27, 2013, Culpo played cello at the Rush Foundation’s 14th Annual Art For Life Hamptons Gala: “A Field Of Dreams” at Fairview Farms Bridgehampton, New York.

In August 2013, Culpo and Emin traveled to London, England for Miss Universe 2013 press tour. Emin will sing his new single Amor on stage with Culpo at the Southbank’s nearby Upper Ground on August 9 morning as part of ITV’s Daybreak free summer concert series. On August 25, 2013, Cranston’s City Council approved a resolution adding Culpo's name to Albert Avenue, which runs the length between Broad Street and Narragansett Boulevard in Edgewood.[10]

In September 2013, Culpo and her sister titleholders attended 2014 Spring New York Fashion Week from September 7 to 14. On September 10, 2013, Culpo walked in Sherri Hill Fashion Show held at Trump Tower. Culpo was in India from September 27 till October 6. During her visit, she reportedly ran into trouble after doing a commercial photoshoot at historic monument Taj Mahal.[11]

During her reign, Culpo traveled to Indonesia, Russia, Ecuador, Morocco, The Bahamas, Canada, England, India and numerous trips throughout the USA.

Personal life[edit]

Olivia Culpo plays with Boston Accompanietta.

Culpo was brought up in Edgewood (Cranston), Rhode Island,[12] and is the daughter of Susan (née Curran) and Peter Culpo. She is the middle child of five.[13][14] Her father is of Italian descent and her mother is of Irish and Italian ancestry.[15][16][17] Culpo graduated from St. Mary Academy – Bay View in 2010 with high honors and as a member of the National Honor Society. In high school she participated in two foreign language trips to Milan, Italy.

Both of Culpo's parents began their professional career as musicians. She began studying cello in the second grade.[18] She participated in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, RI Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, Bay View Orchestra, Rhode Island All-State Orchestra, and Boston Youth Symphony, playing the cello. Culpo also studied voice. As a cellist, Culpo played in Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and in England. She attended the Brevard Music Center, in North Carolina two summers, and performs with the Boston Accompanietta.[19] As of August 2013, she is dating singer Nick Jonas whom she met at the 2013 Miss USA competition; he confirmed their relationship during an interview with Joan Rivers.[20]


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  5. ^ Kalunian, Kim (July 10, 2012). "Miss USA visits her Rhode Island hometown". Cranston Herald. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ Schieldrop, Mark (July 6, 2012). "Miss USA Reads the Giving Tree". Cranston Patch. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Rightfully making a fuss". Cranston Public Library. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "PAGEANT UPDATES: Miss USA 2012 is Olivia Culpo! ~ Beauty Mania .biz® - Everybody is Born Beautiful!!". Beautymania.biz. June 3, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ Curran, John. "Miss Universe talks HIV prevention in UNFPA youth dialogue". UNFPA. 
  10. ^ Street to be Named after Cranston's Culpo, Miss Universe
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  12. ^ "Bekah Berger's - This Week in Entertainment | Rhode Island Breaking News, RI Politics, Top Stories | Text WPRO to 68255 for mobile news". 630wpro.com. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Music on the Hill". Musiconthehillri.com. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Miss USA 2012: Olivia Culpo Crowned, Beats Latina Beauties | Fox News Latino". Latino.foxnews.com. June 4, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Archives | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. August 18, 1988. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Miss Rhode Island Usa And Miss Rhode Island Teen Usa". Missrhodeislandusa.com. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Joe Jonas Sex Tape, Swift/ Nick On Olivia". Oceanup. September 6, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kate McCaughey
Miss Rhode Island USA
Succeeded by
Brittany Stenovitch
Preceded by
California Alyssa Campanella
Miss USA
Succeeded by
Maryland Nana Meriwether
Preceded by
Angola Leila Lopes
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Venezuela Gabriela Isler