The new Miss USA 2012 is Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island. The first runner-up was the statuesque and beautiful Miss Maryland USA, Nana Meriwether. Miss Ohio USA, Audrey Bolte, was the second runner-up; crowd favorite Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall was named third runner-up, and Miss Georgia USA, Jasmyn Wilkins was named fourth runner-up.
The remaining members of the semi-finalists were: Miss Alabama USA – Katherine Webb, Miss Oklahoma USA – Lauren Lundeen, Miss Texas USA – Brittany Booker, Miss Colorado USA – Marybel Gonzalez, Miss New Jersey USA – Michelle Leonardo, and Miss Maryland USA – Nana Meriwether.
During the final question segment, Culpa was asked the Twitter question fans had submitted throughout the evening… “Would you feel it is fair if a transgender women won the Miss USA over a natural-born female?” Her reply was that she does think it would be fair because there is “tradition” of natural born women winning pageants. But with “so much cosmetic surgery” and such now ion pageants and life, she does think it would be fair.
Immediately preceding that final question, the finalists chatted conversationally with the co-hosts in a “warm-up” question segment. The eventual winner, Miss Rhode Island USA stated that she thinks it’s important for music to be taught in schools since it has been documented to improve students’ cognitive skills, math and reading achievement.
During the evening gown competition, the commentators noted that she “Looks like a princess” in purple chiffon. She adores dancing and has volunteered at a shelter for homeless women and eventually wants to be a sports reporter.
Watching the Miss USA® pageant live on NBC tonight (Sunday night). Posting results here as they are revealed. By the way, we absolutely love the interesting names of this year’s Miss USA® women… Monique, Jasmyn, Autumn, Jade, Brandie, Nana, Marybel, Gentry, Ryanne, Erna, Rani, Kendyl, Myverick, Kelsey, Jamie Dragon, Nitaya Panemalaythong. Very cool names, ladies.
Contestants just appeared during the opening introduction in outfits from several collections from official designer Sherri Hill, including “Rock Star style”, “Debutante collection”, and “Champagne collection”. Stunning fashions. Miss Rhode Island really rocked it, and Miss Ohio was truly sultry. Especially beautiful group of contestants…great year!
Among the judges are The Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and former Miss Universe Dyana Mendoza, who both look fabulous. Is it our TV or is commentator Kelly Osbourne’s hair … purple?
Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic are on, terrific as always. Little advice shared with contestants from star fashion coach: “Put on your big girl panties” girls.
The contestants looked fabulous in the evening gown competition. Stunning group of women! While several went with very traditional classic gowns, a few were considerably more daring. Culpa, the eventual winner, competed in a purple chiffon gown that prompted the commentators to remark that she “Looks like a princess”.
During the relaxed “warm-up” questions and the official final five questions, several contestants hit it out of the park. Miss Rhode Island USA ended up with the Twitter-submitted question about – big surprise here — the “could/should a transgender contestant win” — question.
As they perform “America’s Most Wanted”, the final five appear before the judges in their evening gowns to provide judges with their final look before the final ballots are cast. Here’s the results… Miss USA 2012 and her court of honor. Rhode Island has won the 2012 Miss USA title!!! Such a beautiful woman. Congratulations to Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island!
- View the results of the 2012 Miss USA Pageant