Culpo is a cellist, describes herself as a self-proclaimed nerd, and aspires to be more like Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn. Culpo said after winning the Miss USA crown last night that she plans to go to Tiffany & Co. in New York and recreate Hepburn’s opening scene from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Culpo, currently a sophomore at Boston University, will take a year off from her studies to take on her duties as reigning Miss USA and represent the country in the 61st Miss Universe contest in December. The 20-year-old beauty queen said she wished she could have shared her crown with her 50 competitors during Sunday night’s competition at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
After reaching the final five, Culpo expressed her support for transgender beauty queens during the all-important interview round.
“Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?” asked judge Rob Kardashian. The question came from a pageant follower on Twitter.
Culpo embraced the Miss Universe Organization’s recent decision to admit transgender contestants.
“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,” Culpo said.
Culpo said afterward that the question didn’t bother her at all.
“This is a free country and to each their own,” she said.
See her being crowned Miss USA 2012 in the video below.
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