Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo: Pictures
Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo speaks during a news conference after winning the Miss USA 2012 pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 3, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Source: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images North America) Olivia Culpo (Getty Images North America) Here she comes, Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo. The 20-year-old Miss Rhode Island walked away from the Miss USA pageant with top honors on Sunday after impressing judges with her body (the swimsuit competition), and her mind.
In the interview portion of the competition, Culpo, who is an active Twitter user, was asked a tough question from another Twitter user: "Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?"
Culpo handled the question with aplomb. "I do think that that would be fair, 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."
On Monday morning, Culpo's Twitter feed was filled with updates as she made her way to New York. She wrote: "@MissUSA airport time!! En route to NYC with @MissTeenUSA and @MissUniverse :))) #NewYorkCity." For those curious about her airport eating habits the new Miss USA posted a picture of herself digging in at Cinnabon. Who says you can't have your stickybun and eat it, too?