Miss Rhode Island Captures Crown At Miss America Pageant

The 61st annual Miss America 2012 beauty pageant was held on June 3rd, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Olivia Culpo, a twenty year old woman from Rhode Island took the crown after succinctly answering a question regarding transgender contestants and beauty pageants.

Culpo answered the transgender question beautifully when she stated, “I do think that 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.”

Miss Culpo is currently in her second year of studies at Boston University. The first runner up is Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether and rounding out the top three was Miss Ohio, Audrey Bolte.

Miss Rhode Island Captures Crown At Miss America Pageant