Miss Rhode Island crowned Miss Universe 2012!

You go, Miss Rhode Island.

Olivia Culpo, the first Rhode Islander to ever win Miss U.S.A., was just crowned this year’s Miss Universe! This marks the U.S.’ first win in the competition since 1997. The Brown Boston University student first won our Brunonian hearts when she stood up for transgender women during the Miss U.S.A. pageant in June. Before becoming queen of the universe, Cranston-native Culpo was known for her appreciation of cheeseburgers and love for playing cello. She even played alongside Yo-Yo Ma! (Soo casual.)

Although Culpo’s final question was not a description of her perfect date, she did give a shoutout to her siblings by saying she regretted being cruel to them growing up. Since she’s been crowned, Culpo will get to enjoy numerous benefits, including an “undisclosed salary,” all the makeup and clothes she could ever want, and a swanky apartment in NYC. Compared to other 20-year-olds, I’d say she’s set for life.

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