Monday, 4 June 2012

Miss USA 2012 Is Rhode Island's Olivia Culpo

Miss Rhode Island is now Miss USA. Olivia Culpo, who represented the smallest state in the country, was named Miss USA 2012 on Sunday night, winning the pageant in Las Vegas.In the final round, Culpo had to answer a question from Twitter, a first for the pageant, which was held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. 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 took a pause and said that she has embraced the Miss Universe Organization’s decision to allow transgender competitors to compete in the pageant. "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," she told the audience.Culpo follows Alyssa Campanella and will represent the United States at Miss Universe in December.

If Culpo can't fulfill her duties, she will be replaced by Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, who was the runner-up.

Judges included Rob Kardashian, Joe Jonas, Chef Cat Cora, Arsenio Hall, and Mary Lou Henner.

For the fifth year in a row, the Donald Trump-owned contest was held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Culpo was established as the odds-on favorite by the Wynn Las Vegas sports book prior to the competition at 9 to 1 odds.

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