The Donald Trump led Miss USA pageant was held on Sunday in which Miss Rhode Island 2012, Olivia Culpo won the crown and will represent the country in the Miss Universe competition December.
The 61st Annual Miss USA Pageant took place from Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and was aired live on NBC. The pageant was judged by Rob Kardashian, Marilu Henner,
Joe Jonas, and recent “Celebrity Aprentice” winner, Arsenio Hall among others.
Cuplo is a 20-year-old cellist, who beat out 50 other competitors from across the country. Culpo was the one contestant that was faced with the one dreaded question that recently caused pageant controversy.
She was asked, “Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?”
She answered, “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 described herself as short and chubby when she was a young girl who spent summers at band camp were she learned to play the cello. She graduated from St. Mary Academy Bay View, an all-girls Catholic school in 2010 and is currently a sophomore at Boston University.
The first runner-up was Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether. After being announced Miss USA, Culpo said, “I was just so surprised, so shocked, so honored to be there.”