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Your new Miss USA: Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo

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Olivia Culpo is Miss USA!

Olivia Culpo is an accomplished cellist and is on the Dean's List at Boston University. She will take a year off from her studies to fulfill her duties.

Olivia Culpo is Miss USA!

In 1994, the sitcom Seinfeld was at its height. The first episode of the sixth season has Jerry dating a Miss America contestant, Miss Rhode Island. He shares this with Kramer, a longtime Miss America viewer, and Kramer asks which state she represents.

"Rhode Island," Jerry said.

Kramer responds with: "They're never in contention."

My, how things have changed.

Sunday night, Miss Rhode Island became the new Miss USA.

According to, Olivia Culpo is currently a sophomore at Boston University.

Culpo is a quite accomplished 20-year-old. As a cellist, she currently performs with the Boston Accompanietta. She also recently won a seat in the Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York. She has been playing the cello since she was in second grade and performed in many youth orchestras before college.

In her interviews for the pageant, Culpo said if she could be good at one thing, it would probably be something scientific.

“Albert Einstein was a pretty cool guy and I’d like to be somebody like him,” she said. “The female version perhaps.”

Pop band Cobra Starship performed during the swimsuit competition where Culpo wore a pink two-piece and high-heeled sandals. Akon also performed during the competition.

Her evening gown was less revealing, and may have secured her win.

The top five also included contestants from Maryland, Ohio, Nevada and Georgia.

Culpo graduated in 2010 from St. Mary Academy Bay View, an all-girls Catholic school in Riverside, Rhode Island.

According to the Huffington Post, Culpo said, of the win, "I was just so surprised, so shocked, so honored to be there."

The Miss Universe 2012 competition will be held in December. It will be the 61st year of the competition, and Culpo will be competing against women from all across the world for the title. The current Miss Universe is Leila Lopes of Angola.

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