1. Olivia Culpo entered pageants on a lark, came home Miss USA

    The Boston University sophomore returned home briefly one month after becoming the first contestant from Rhode Island to be crowned Miss USA.



    Olivia Culpo’s Miss USA victory is a tribute to sensitivity

    Boston University student Culpo’s victory in Sunday’s pageant may prompt some New Englanders to give beauty contests another look.


  3. BU student from R.I. is crowned Miss USA

    Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old Boston University sophomore from Rhode Island, will represent the US in the Miss Universe contest. (Isaac Brekken/ Getty)

    Scenes from Miss USA 2012