Miss USA for 2012 was crowned last night in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Olivia Culpo, the former Miss Rhode Island and a cellist who describes herself as a “nerd” and calls Audrey Hepburn her role model, beat out contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the title.
Rounding out the top five contestants were first runner-up Nana Meriwether of Maryland, second runner-up Audrey Bolte of Ohio, third runner-up Jade Kelsall of Nevada and fourth runner-up Jasmyn Wilkins of Georgia.
Culpo Culpo is a 2010 graduate of St. Mary Academy Bay View, an all-girls Catholic school in Riverside, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She said she comes from a big, Italian family and speaks some Italian.
She spent her summers at band camp after learning to play the cello in second grade. Her parents are also musicians, and her love for music saw her perform at Symphony Hall in Boston and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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Following the pageant it was on to an after-party hosted by Giuliana Rancic at LAVO Nightclub at The Palazzo Resort and Casino where Culpo was joined by Danielle Doty Miss Teen USA 2011, Leila Lopes Miss Universe 2011.