The 20-year-old beauty pageant contestant was Miss Rhode Island 2012 before winning the Miss USA 2012 title. Olivia will represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe 2012 competition scheduled for December.

Culpo grew up in the Edgewood section of Cranston, Rhode Island as the middle-child of five and is of Irish and Italian ancestry. She graduated from St. Mary Academy – Bay View in 2010 with high honors as a member of the National Honor Society and just finished her sophomore year at Boston University where she has made Dean's List every semester.

Miss Culpo began studying cello in the second grade and has participated in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, RI Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, Bay View Orchestra, Rhode Island All-State Orchestra, and Boston Youth Symphony.

She's also played in Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and in England. For two summers, she attended North Carolina's Brevard Music Center and she often performs with the Boston Accompanietta.

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