Olivia Culpo Wins Miss USA 2012!

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Olivia Culpo is Miss USA 2012.

The 20-year-old Miss Rhode Island won the 61st annual pageant Sunday and will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant later this year.

She topped a field of 51 contestants on Sunday to take the title at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip to take the coveted title.

Olivia Culpo, Miss USA

First runner-up was Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether, while second runner-up was Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte. Congratulations go out to all three lovely ladies.

There can be only one winner, though, and it was the beautiful brunette , a student at Boston University who donned a stunning purple Grecian-style gown.

Throughout the night, Culpo discussed her love of music - she played the cello for 13 years and was an avid band camper - and for quoting celebrities.

Culpo's best moment was when she explained why it would be fair if a transgender woman - like Canada's controversial Jenna Talackova - won the title:

"I do think that would be fair, but I could understand how people could be apprehensive to take that road," she said. But, "there are so many people who have a need to change for a happier life. I do accept that because I believe it's a free country."

Well said, Olivia Culpo. Well said.

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Que linda es ... increible que ganoooo vamos Rhode Island http://bit.ly/KxN3Ip

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Congratulations on winning Olivia!!! ...... But I wish Nevada could of at least been a runner up... : c sadface but congrats on your achevment I hope you win miss universe good luck!!! : D

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I can't believe it. Miss USA is Miss
RI We Rhodies never win anything
Congrads to Olivia.