Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned Miss America pageant? Not the prepping, grooming, and involvement, of course. It’s the watching, critiquing, and admiring that’s the fun part! This year’s Miss America Pageant was a good one. I got a good chuckle when Miss Ohio stated that she thought “Pretty Woman” portrayed women in a really positive light. Oh man. But Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo really shone, and I think she is a great pick for this year’s Miss USA. (Not to mention she totally knocked the socks off of the other young ladies in the bathing suit segment.) Fox News describes how the 20-year-old from Cranston, RI maintained poise and composure during the pageant:
“A 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island won the Miss USA crown and will represent the United States in this year’s Miss Universe pageant after embracing transgender beauty queens.
Olivia Culpo topped a field of 51 beauty queens on Sunday to take the title at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. She strutted across the stage in a purple bikini and a purple evening gown with sparkly belt.
In the dreaded final question round, Culpo was faced with the most difficult question of the night: would it be fair for a person born a man to be named Miss Universe after becoming a woman? Culpo never stumbled as she embraced the Miss Universe Organization’s recent decision to admit transgender contestants.
“I do think that would be fair,” Culpo said. “But I could understand how people could be apprehensive to take that road.”
Culpo said she was short and chubby as a girl, but blossomed after a growth spurt. She spent her summers at band camp, playing her cello.”
Culpo’s got a big year ahead of her now, as she will be taking a year off from school–she’s currently a sophomore at Boston University–to perform her Miss USA duties. These include traveling around the US, acting as a spokeswoman to advocate for a subject of her choice. Gotta love a woman with a good heart!