Miss USA 2012 Winner: Olivia Culpo
Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss USA 2012 Sunday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The 20-year-old brunette beauty from Rhode Island bested 50 other women to win the coveted title.
During the interview round, Culpo was asked the question, "Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the USA title over a natural-born woman?"
Culpo said, "I do think that would be fair, but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it's a free country."
Clearly, it was the winning answer.
Culpo will represent the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant in December.
Rounding out the top five contestants were first runner-up Nana Meriwether of Maryland, second runner-up Audrey Bolte of Ohio, third runner-up Jade Kelsall of Nevada and fourth runner-up Jasmyn Wilkins of Georgia.
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