American beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012 pageant, representing her home state of Rhode Island. She previously won the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition, which was the first pageant she entered. She attended Boston University up until she won Miss USA 2012 and is currently not enrolled in school.
She was crowned Miss Universe 2012 in Las Vegas; she is the first winner from the USA to obtain the crown since Brook Lee in 1997. Culpo was crowned Miss Rhode Island USA 2012 on September 18, 2011 in Cranston, Rhode Island.