Culpo, a student at Boston University had previously entered the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition, capturing the crown and quickly moving on to the Miss USA 2012 pageant where she competed successfully, bringing home the Diamond Nexus made crown and earning the title of Miss USA 2012.
As Miss USA, Olivia Culpo held her title for six short months when she entered the Miss Universe Competition, winning the crown for USA for the first time since Brooke Mahealani Lee in 1997.
"There is no doubt that entering the Miss Universe Pageant where a total of eighty-nine of the most beautiful women in the world competed for the crown and title of the new Miss Universe was extremely challenging. But despite the pressure, and even her OWN minor onstage wardrobe malfunction, Olivia gracefully recovered and won the judges over with her talent, grace and charm," said Jennifer London, Social Media Coordinator.
"Olivia is one of those rare gems that strikes people from the moment they meet her. She is a great role model for young women, with her musical talents, career ambitions and strong love of family. After interviewing her mother at the 2012 Miss USA competition this past summer, in Las Vegas, it was evident that her entire family stood out as exceptional. WE are so very proud to have her wear the Diamond Nexus crown," London concluded.
Diamond Nexus was on location in Las Vegas to witness her crowning moment. "We have built such a wonderful relationship with Olivia, working with her as our Miss USA, that to have her as our new Miss Universe is so exhilarating," commented Kyle Blades, Director of Marketing. "She is an amazing and intelligent young woman and she will no doubt be going far with this opportunity."