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Olivia Culpo
Miss Universe Olivia Culpo.jpg
Culpo in 2013
Olivia Frances Culpo

(1992-05-08) May 8, 1992 (age 30)
  • Model
  • fashion influencer
  • social media personality
  • actress
Beauty pageant titleholder
Years active2012–present

Olivia Frances Culpo[1] (born May 8, 1992)[2][3] is an American model, fashion influencer,[4][5] social media personality,[6][7] and actress.[8] After winning the Miss Rhode Island USA competition, she went on to be crowned Miss USA, and then Miss Universe in 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Culpo was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, to parents Susan and Peter Culpo.[3] She is the middle child of five siblings.[3] Her restaurateur father co-owns businesses around Boston.[3] She was raised in the Edgewood neighborhood of Cranston,[9] and is of Italian descent with some Irish ancestry from her mother's side.[10][11] Culpo has two older siblings, Pete and Aurora, and two younger siblings, Gus and Sophia.

Culpo attended St. Mary Academy – Bay View and later, Boston University, but did not graduate.[3] She began studying the cello in second grade,[12] and has played in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, the Bay View Orchestra, and the Rhode Island All-State Orchestra.[13] She attended the Brevard Music Center, in Brevard, North Carolina for two summers, and has performed with the Boston Accompanietta.[13][3]



After winning the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition on the first pageant she entered,[14] she went on to win the Miss USA pageant on June 3, 2012.[15]

On July 6, 2012, the city of Cranston, Rhode Island held a homecoming celebration for Culpo for her pageant win. At an outdoor ceremony held at Cranston City Hall, Mayor Allan Fung presented Culpo with the key to the city.[16]

Culpo represented the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant that was held on December 19, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She won the competition,[17] becoming the eighth representative from the United States to win the title and the first since Brook Lee was crowned Miss Universe 1997. Culpo has also become the first Rhode Islander to win the title. She succeeded outgoing titleholder Leila Lopes from Angola.[18]

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 of America.[19]

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.[20]

On September 10, 2013, Culpo walked in the Sherri Hill fashion show held at the Trump Tower in New York City. Culpo was in India from September 27 until October 6.[21] On November 9, 2013, she crowned Gabriela Isler of Venezuela as her successor. In doing so, she became the 3rd Miss Universe from the USA to pass the title off to Venezuela, after Shawn Weatherly in 1981 and Chelsi Smith in 1996

Outside pageantry[edit]

Culpo became a social media personality after gaining a significant following on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and has partnered and collaborated with several beauty and fashion brands like L'Oréal, Kipling,[22] and Uberliss[23] as an influencer.[6][24] Culpo was also featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,[25] and appeared on the cover of the 2020 issue alongside Jasmine Sanders and Kate Bock.[26] She also appeared in the reality television show Model Squad (2018). In addition, Culpo had roles in the films The Other Woman, I Feel Pretty, Reprisal, and was cast as female lead in Venus as a Boy.[8]

In August 2017, Culpo opened a restaurant with her family in Rhode Island.[27]

Personal life[edit]

From 2013 to 2015, Culpo dated musician Nick Jonas.[28] She was romantically linked to athlete Tim Tebow until November 2015.[29] Culpo was in an on-again-off-again relationship with football player Danny Amendola from February 2016 to April 2019.[30][31] Since the summer of 2019, she has been seen dating football player Christian McCaffrey.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Other Woman Raven-Haired Beauty cameo
2017 American Satan Gretchen
2018 I Feel Pretty Hope
Reprisal Christina
2020 The Swing of Things Laura Jane
2021 Venus as a Boy Ruby


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Miss Universe 2015 Herself Judge
2017 Hell's Kitchen Guest diner; Episode: "A Little Slice of Hell"
2018 Model Squad Herself
2019 Miss Universe 2019 Backstage correspondent
2021 Paradise City Gretchen TV spinoff of American Satan
2021 Miss Universe 2020 Herself Host

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2014 "Jealous" Nick Jonas Herself
"Amor" Emin Agalarov


  1. ^ Kumbarji, Ceylan (April 22, 2016). "Interview: Olivia Culpo". Taylor Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Rhode Island – Olivia Culpo". Miss Universe Organization. Archived from the original on August 12, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016. Born: May 8
  3. ^ a b c d e f Pelletier, Jenna (July 26, 2012). "Miss USA: Crowning achievement for RI-born Culpo: She's now the first Miss Rhode Island to win the Miss USA crown in the event's 61-year history". The Providence Journal. Providence, Rhode Island. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015. Nearly a month after winning Miss USA 2012, Culpo, 20 [as of July 26, 2012]...
  4. ^ Barretto, Jennifer (March 6, 2018). "Olivia Culpo on beauty and the influencer life". Gulf News. Archived from the original on July 27, 2019. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary (February 21, 2017). "Olivia Culpo Talks Gigi Hadid, Oscar Night Plans, New Rampage Ads". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Segal, Lindy; Talarico, Brittany (August 31, 2017). "How to Instagram Like Olivia Culpo". People. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Wally, Maxine (November 8, 2018). "Exclusive: Olivia Culpo Signs With The Society Management". WWD. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Olivia Culpo & Ty Hodges Topline 'Venus As A Boy' Indie". Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  9. ^ Berger, Rebekah (June 4, 2012). "Cranston's Culpo Crowned Miss USA". WPRO. Providence, Rhode Island. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  10. ^ "Miss USA 2012: Olivia Culpo Crowned, Beats Latina Beauties". Fox News Latino. June 4, 2012. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2012. She said she comes from a big, Italian family and speaks some Italian.
  11. ^ "15 Facts to know about Olivia Culpo". Pageants News. September 9, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  12. ^ Fisher, Luchina (June 4, 2012). "Olivia Culpo: Five Things About Miss USA 2012". ABC News. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "About Olivia". Miss Rhode Island USA. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  14. ^ Naughton, Michael (June 3, 2012). "Five things to know about Boston University student Olivia Culpo, the new Miss USA". Metro. Boston, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  15. ^ "Miss USA 2012: Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo named Miss USA 2012". Daily News. New York City. June 4, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  16. ^ Kalunian, Kim (July 10, 2012). "Miss USA visits her Rhode Island hometown". Cranston Herald. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "Olivia Culpo". Miss Universe, L.P. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  18. ^ "PAGEANT UPDATES: Miss USA 2012 is Olivia Culpo! ~ Beauty Mania .biz® – Everybody is Born Beautiful!!". June 3, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  19. ^ Curran, John (February 13, 2013). "Miss Universe talks HIV prevention in UNFPA youth dialogue". UNFPA Indonesia. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  20. ^ "Street to be Named after Cranston's Culpo, Miss Universe". Cranston, Rhode Island Patch. August 26, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  21. ^ "Miss Universe Olivia Culpo to be charged for violating rules at Taj Mahal". Biharprabha News. October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  22. ^ Shapiro, Jared (January 3, 2017). "Model Olivia Culpo on Cyberbullying, Why She Didn't Consider Herself Beautiful, & What She Loves about Miami". Ocean Drive. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  23. ^ Strause, Jackie (June 14, 2015). "Olivia Culpo Sizzles in First Beauty Campaign". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  24. ^ Simon, Samantha (September 20, 2018). "Olivia Culpo Has a "Moral Clause" When it Comes to Posting Sponsored Content". InStyle. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  25. ^ Hendrix, Kelsey (January 17, 2018). "Olivia Culpo, Hunter McGrady and Ebonee Davis are Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 Rookies". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  26. ^ Giunta, Joanna. "Your Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2020 Cover Models Are Kate Bock, Jasmine Sanders and Olivia Culpo". Swimsuit | Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  27. ^ Goldstein, Meredith (August 29, 2017). "Olivia Culpo opens a restaurant in Rhode Island". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  28. ^ Zauzmer, Emily (September 4, 2018). "Olivia Culpo Is 'So Happy' for Ex-Boyfriend Nick Jonas' Engagement to Priyanka Chopra". People. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  29. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (November 30, 2015). "Olivia Culpo, Tim Tebow have apparently stopped whatever it was they were doing — or not doing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  30. ^ Frey, Kaitlyn (January 2, 2019). "Olivia Culpo and Danny Amendola Appear to Reconcile After NFL Star Got Close to Another Woman". People. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  31. ^ Nesbitt, Andy (April 20, 2019). "Danny Amendola posts really long rant about his ex-girlfriend Olivia Culpo". USA Today. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  32. ^ "Olivia Culpo's Relationship with NFL Player Christian McCaffrey Is 'Really Great' 6 Months In". Retrieved December 30, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kate McCaughey
Miss Rhode Island USA
Succeeded by
Brittany Stenovitch
Preceded by Miss USA
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