Miss USA Olivia Culpo
The Boston University sophomore who considers herself a modern-day Audrey Hepburn, will take a year off from her studies to tackle her duties as Miss USA.
The Top 5
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.
The Bikini Contest
The 20-year-old strutted across the stage in a lilac bikini, then donned a flowing fuchsia gown with sparkly trim around her waist and decolletage.
Culpo said she was short and chubby as a girl, but blossomed after a growth spurt. (Yeah right.)
Culpo 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.
Culpo is a 2010 graduate of St. Mary Academy Bay View, an all-girls Catholic school.
After making it to the final five, was asked a question about transgender beauty queens during the make-or-break interview round. See what she said.
"I was just so surprised, so shocked, so honored to be there," she said of her win.
The first winner from Rhode Island is crowned.