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2012 Miss USA pageant

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo waves to the

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo waves to the crowd after winning the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

A 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island won the Miss USA crown and will represent the United States in this year's Miss Universe pageant after voicing support for transgender beauty queens.

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo waves to the
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Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo waves to the crowd after winning the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo walks on stage
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Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo walks on stage during the evening gown competition of the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo poses as she
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Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo poses as she is named one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

The 10 finalists pose in evening gowns during
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The 10 finalists pose in evening gowns during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

The five five finalists, from left, Miss Ohio,
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The five five finalists, from left, Miss Ohio, Miss Maryland, Miss Rhode Island, Miss Nevada and Miss Georgia stand together during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo, center, searches for
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Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo, center, searches for an earring while standing with the other four finalists, from left, Miss Ohio, Miss Maryland, Miss Nevada and Miss Georgia during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Michigan Kristen Danyal walks the runway in
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Miss Michigan Kristen Danyal walks the runway in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Colorado Marybel Gonzalez walks the runway during
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Miss Colorado Marybel Gonzalez walks the runway during the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Arkansas Kelsey Dow participates in the swimsuit
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Miss Arkansas Kelsey Dow participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo walks the runway
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Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo walks the runway during the swimsuit competition of the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether walks in the swimsuit
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Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether walks in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

The ten Miss USA finalists pose on stage
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The ten Miss USA finalists pose on stage during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte walks along the stage
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Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte walks along the stage after being chosen as one of 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Texas Brittany Booker, right, walks along the
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Miss Texas Brittany Booker, right, walks along the stage after being announced as one of 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss New Jersey Michelle Leonardo, left, reacts as
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Miss New Jersey Michelle Leonardo, left, reacts as she is announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Andy Cohen, center left, and Giuliana Rancic open
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Andy Cohen, center left, and Giuliana Rancic open the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss New York Johanna Sambucini walks the runway
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Miss New York Johanna Sambucini walks the runway during the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Victoria Asher and Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship
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Victoria Asher and Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship perform during the 2012 Miss USA pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo competes in
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Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo competes in the 2012 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Culpo was later crowned Miss USA 2012. (June 3, 2012)

Akon performs during the 2012 Miss USA pageant
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Akon performs during the 2012 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship performs during the
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Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship performs during the 2012 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Victoria Asher of Cobra Starship performs during the
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Victoria Asher of Cobra Starship performs during the 2012 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether, left, and Miss Rhode
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Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether, left, and Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo react as it becomes clear that Culpo is Miss USA 2012 during competition in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether , left, and Miss
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Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether , left, and Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo await the announcement of the runnerup and winner of the Miss USA 2012 contest at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Akon performs during the 2012 Miss USA pageant
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Akon performs during the 2012 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Entertainer Kelly Osbourne poses with finalists and host
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Entertainer Kelly Osbourne poses with finalists and host Giuliana Rancic during a commercial break in the 2012 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella is introduced during
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Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella is introduced during the 2012 Miss USA pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo stops during
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Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo stops during her swimsuit walk in the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. Culpo was later crowned Miss USA 2012. (June 3, 2012)

Wearing her crown, Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo
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Wearing her crown, Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo is congratulated by other contestants after a pageant in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo waves to the
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Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo waves to the crowd after winning the competition at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

The reigning Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella crowns
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The reigning Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella crowns Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo the Miss USA 2012 at the end of the pageant competition at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo takes her
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Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo takes her walk during the swimsuit competition in the 2012 Miss USA pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Culpo was later crowned Miss USA 2012. (June 3, 2012)

Hosts Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic pose a
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Hosts Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic pose a question about transgender pageant contestants to Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo during 2012 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Culpo was later crowned Miss USA 2012. (June 3, 2012)

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo competes in the
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Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo competes in the evening gown event of the 2012 Miss USA pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Culpo was later crowned Miss USA 2012. (June 3, 2012)

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