19 Dec

Cello player Olivia Culpo from Cranston, Rhode Island had a $20 dress with a ripped hole in it 18-months ago when she entered the Miss Rhode island beauty pageant

It sent her to Las Vegas where she unexpectedly won the Miss USA contest in June.

Now just six months into the duties of that title she won the Miss Universe title tonight at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The runner-up from Georgia Nana Meriweather will take over the role now as Miss USA

Olivia’s family was all here from Rhode Island for the win. They told me ” A year ago we were just country bumpkins. Now we have become pageant aficionados.Twice in the same year in Las Vegas- its unbelievable.”

Olivia has been a room-mate in NYC for the past several months with retiring Miss Universe Leila Lopes from Angola. ” She gave me a lot of great advice” Olivia told me.” I fully know now what to expect for the next 12 months going around the world.”

Thanks to Tom Donoghue for his USA/Universe coronation photos and @Erik_Kabik for Olivia’s family and media Q&A.


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