I don't want to brag or anything, but I called Rhode Island's win from the beginning (the proof is on Twitter, thankyouverymuch) because of her insanely perfect eyebrows. But my genius aside, 20-year-old Olivia Culpo - a cellist and self-described nerd - will take a year off from her studies at Boston University to fulfill her duties as Miss USA and represent the nation in the 61st Miss Universe contest. Blah blah blah the insanity of pageantry blah blah objectifying women blah blah blah BUT WHAT DOES THE SWIMSUIT COMPETITION SAY ABOUT US AS A NATION??
Eyebrows and a budding six-pack aside, the thing that may have given her the edge was her response during the question and answer portion. When Rob Kardashian (WTF?) asked her if she thought it'd be fair for a transgender woman win the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman, Culpo eloquently answered:
“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. To each their own.”
With Jenna Talackova's expulsion overturned by The Donald himself (the transgender 23-year-old competed in the Miss Universe pageant last month!), Culpo's answer was both in line with the pageant's move toward progression (Ha! Kidding!) and articulately delivered. Speaking of articulate, can you believe my sister had no idea why Miss South Carolina ("like, such as, South Africa, such as") was infamous? If you have no idea what I'm talking about, reevaluate your life and then watch this.