The Rhode Island college student is a musician and loves Audrey Hepburn

By Mark Gray
June 04, 2012 01:30 PM
Steve Marcus/Reuters/Landov

The new Miss USA is a Boston University student who believes transgender beauty pageant contestants should be able to compete. What else is there to know about the Rhode Island native beyond her affinity for sashes and crowns?

1. You could call her a band geek
Ever heard of Carnegie Hall? Or Boston Symphony Hall? Well, Olivia Culpo has played both of them – and she only recently turned 20! Coming from a musical background (her parents were musicians), Culpa began studying cello in the second grade. She has since played in hundreds of concerts and was accepted into the musical program in the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

2. She has looks and brains
While it was mentioned during the Miss USA broadcast that six of 11 contestants couldn’t name the Vice President of the United States, it’s safe to say Culpo wasn’t one of them – she’s a bit of a brainiac. After graduating high school with high honors, Culpo has continued her high marks at Boston University. As a sophomore, she has made the dean’s list in every semester. She even speaks a little bit of Italian!

3. She loves Audrey Hepburn
Culpo (who is single) answered during the broadcast that she knows “so many Audrey Hepburn quotes.” During the interview process of the show she even sang a song from the 1957 movie Funny Face that Fred Astaire sang to the iconic star. “She was beautiful on the outside but also beautiful on the inside,” Culpo said. During her reign she said she plans on visiting Tiffany & Co. in New York City, the site of the opening scene of Hepburn’s classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.