A Rhode Island cellist who is just 20-years old won the Miss USA pageant. Olivia Culpo will represent the U.S. in the Miss Universe pageant this year. Culpo bested the 51-contestant field Sunday night to win the title in Las Vegas at the Hollywood Resort in Casino. She wore a lilac bikini and dazzling fuchsia evening gown.
In her interview question, she received the night’s most difficult question. Do you think it would be fair for a transgender woman to win the Miss USA pageant? The Rhode Island beauty did not hesitate nor stumble over her words when she said she embraced the organizers of the Miss Universe pageant who recently decided to allow the participation of transgender contestants.
She said it is fair that transgender contestants participate because today there are many surgeries and the need for many people to change. She said since the U.S. is a free country she accepted it.
Culpo said as a young girl she was short and chubby, but blossomed following a growth spurt. She went to band camp during the summers and was in the second grade when she first learned to play the cello. Both her parents are musicians and she has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall.
The winner graduated from a Catholic all-girls school in Riverside named St. Mary Academy Bay View. She was on the National Honor Society in high school and is currently enrolled as a sophomore in Boston University. She is part of a large Italian family and says she is a mix between a nerd and a model.