Amer­i­can wins Miss Uni­verse

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - Olivia Culpo

LAS VE­GAS — An Amer­i­can univer­sity stu­dent is the new Miss Uni­verse, de­feat­ing con­tes­tants from six con­ti­nents to bring the crown back to the U.S. af­ter a drought of more than a decade.

Twen­tyyear-old Olivia Culpo won the ti­tle Wed­nes­day night at the Planet Hol­ly­wood casino on the Las Ve­gas Strip.

The Bos­ton Univer­sity sopho­more’s corona­tion ends a long los­ing spell for the U.S. in the com­pe­ti­tion co-owned by Don­ald Trump and NBC. An Amer­i­can had not won the Miss Uni­verse ti­tle since 1997.

No one was more sur­prised than Culpo’s fam­ily when told them she was en­ter­ing the Miss Rhode Is­land con­test last year.

She won that con­test in a rented $20 dress with a hole in it and then be­gan work­ing out, di­et­ing and study­ing cur­rent events to com­pete for Miss USA.

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