20-year-old student Olivia Culpo has beaten 50 others to be crowned the winner of the 2012 edition of the Miss USA beauty pageant.
Culpo, who represented the tiny state of Rhode Island, won the competition on Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Las Vegas.
The Boston University student will take a year off from her studies to tackle her duties as Miss USA and represent the country in the 61st Miss Universe contest in December.
Speaking shortly after the event, Culpo said she aspires to be more like Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, noting her many years of volunteer work.
As for her win, the model said ‘I was just so surprised, so shocked, so honored to be there‘.