The 20-year-old brown-haired beauty beat out 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, to take the title. She will now compete in the 61st Miss Universe pageant later in December.
Here are five things to know about the new Miss USA:
She's Got Beauty and Brains
Culpo, who just finished her sophomore year at Boston University, has been on the Dean's List every semester, according to her Miss USA bio. She also describes herself as a "nerd" on her Twitter page.
She Didn't Always Have That Body
Culpo was "short and chubby" growing up, according to the description read while she strutted across the stage in a lilac bikini during the swimsuit round.
She's a Musician
Culpo spent her summers at band camp after learning to playRead More »from Olivia Culpo: Five Things To Know About Miss USA 2012