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REVEALED: What Did Olivia Culpo Do Before Winning Miss Universe?

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Did Olivia Culpo really come from nowhere?  Was she a truly a fat nerd that spent summers in band camp, while playing the cello? Well, Olivia Culpo is anything but ordinary and certainly not your ordinary beauty queen – with her less than 5’6” stature without heels, her brunette locks, and her ripe young age of 20 years – but she also did not begin her modeling debut at her first Miss Rhode Island pageant.

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The Miss Rhode Island winner that went on to become Miss USA 2012 and now most recently Miss Universe 2012 – after beating out top 5 contestants Miss Australia 2012: Renae Ayris, Miss Venezuela 2012: Irene Esser, Miss Brazil 2012: Gabriela Markusand, and Miss Philippines 2012: Janine Tugonon – has not let all of her success go to her head.  She says that we must,

…appreciate everyday like it’s the last day. – Olivia Culpo

Culpo is someone that everyone likes and she is not above anything – even with her enviable crown! … No Blair Waldorf here! Culpo even enjoys college life! For some funny incriminating photos, go here.  Olivia is a former Boston University student, who studied communications while also modeling for agency Maggie Inc in Boston, e-tailer Karmaloop, Style Boston, CHI, and others.  She appeared on the cover of Improper Bostonian after winning Miss USA, as well as on the cover of STUFF Boston Magazine in their “Flirt” issue earlier in her modeling career, pre-Miss Rhode Island, at age 18. Culpo also had a small role in Mark Walhberg’s movie TED.  She is the middle of 5 with two sisters, Sophie Culpo, 15, and Aurora Culpo, 23. Olivia is leading the way for her sisters who are also starting modeling gigs in conjunction with their studies.

Olivia started training for the Miss Rhode Island competition with her coach, Danielle Lacourse.  For the Miss Rhode Island competition, her evening gown was not typical of pageant gown brands as she rented a Nicole Miller gown – which she rented on Rent The Runway for $100, here.  For Miss USA, Olivia wore an evening gown more commonly seen in pageants – a flowy purple dress by pageant designer, Sherri Hill.

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In the Miss Universe competition, she again opted for a non-pageant brand which gave her a standout look from the competition.  She strutted her stuff, after a slight trip, in a red velvet, poof-skirt dress with plunging neckline and long sleeves, by Georges Hobeika.  This couture gown was featured on the fall 2012 runways during Paris Fashion Week, here.  Olivia further stood out from the competition by completely changing her hair by securing it in a sock bun atop her head.

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Olivia loves Boston hotspots like Scoozi (Sangria and pizza!) on Newbury Street and Parish Cafe (Amazing sandwiches) – also two of my favorites while I attended college in Boston!  Below, we’ve featured photos of Olivia Culpo before she found worldwide fame!

Photos of Olivia Culpo – Before Fame And After!

Olivia Culpo on cover of STUFF mag at Scoozi boston

Olivia reading STUFF magazine’s “Flirt” issue that she covered in 2011 at Scoozi on Newbury St.

Olivia-Culpo karmaloop ad parish cafe 2012

Olivia modeling for Karmaloop in Jeffrey Campbell boots outside of Parish Cafe in Boston

olivia culpo Karmaloop ad 2012

Olivia Culpo in a Karmaloop ad in Boston

Style boston 2011 Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo in a Style Boston photo shoot

Olivia Culpo Tommy Herd ford model 2012

Olivia Culpo modeling with Ford model, Tommy Herd

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Olivia Culpo is seen hanging out with Ryan Lochte during NYFW 2012, before winning Miss Universe.

Olivia Culpo Sophie Culpo Aurora Culpo modeling makeup 2012

Olivia Culpo does her sister’s makeup before a sibling photo shoot in 2011.

Aurora Culpo Sophie Culpo Gus Culpo at Miss Universe

Olivia’s siblings at Miss Universe competition + Joe Jonas!

Olivia culpo on skype with crown

Olivia on Skype showing her Miss USA crown to the world!

Olivia Culpo text message with dad

The Culpos definitely have a sense of humor :)

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Olivia in September 2011 winning Miss Rhode Island in peach Nicole Miller strapless gown

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Olivia Culpo in Miss USA pageant wearing purple Sherri Hill gown

Olivia Culpo and finalist at Miss Universe 2012

Olivia Culpo stands in top 5 wearing Georges Hobeika red couture gown in Miss Universe Finals

 

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Britt Hackmann

Britt Hackmann is the co-founder of Nubry. Her background includes retail management, digital marketing strategy, fashion marketing, and marketing analytics. She loves snow skiing, tennis, traveling, partying in the big city and getting dirty in the countryside. Twitter @BrittHackmann Follow Gretchen and I on Instagram for previews of everything! @nubry

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