Olivia Culpo

American beauty pageant titleholder (born 1992)

Christian McCaffrey
(m. 2024)
Beauty pageant titleholderTitle
Years active2012–presentMajor
  • Miss Rhode Island USA 2012 (Winner)
  • Miss USA 2012 (Winner)
  • Miss Universe 2012 (Winner)

Olivia Frances Culpo (born May 8, 1992) is an American beauty pageant titleholder. After winning the Miss Rhode Island USA competition, she went on to win Miss USA 2012, and then Miss Universe 2012.

Early life and education

Olivia Frances Culpo[1] was born on May 8, 1992,[2][3] in Cranston, Rhode Island, to Susan and Peter Culpo.[3] She is the third eldest of five siblings.[3] She grew up in Cranston's Edgewood neighborhood[4] and is of Italian descent with some Irish ancestry on her mother's side.[5]

Culpo graduated from St. Mary Academy – Bay View and attended Boston University but did not graduate.[3] She began studying the cello in second grade[6] and played in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, the Bay View Orchestra, and the Rhode Island All-State Orchestra.[7] She attended the Brevard Music Center, in Brevard, North Carolina, for two summers, and has performed with the Boston Accompanietta.[7][3]



After winning the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition, the first pageant she entered,[8] she went on to win the Miss USA pageant on June 3, 2012.[9]

On July 6, 2012, the city of Cranston held a homecoming celebration for Culpo for her pageant win. At an outdoor ceremony at Cranston City Hall, Mayor Allan Fung presented Culpo with the key to the city.[10]

Culpo represented the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant, which was held on December 19, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She won the competition,[11] becoming the eighth representative from the U.S. to win the title and the first since Brook Lee was crowned Miss Universe 1997. Culpo became the first Rhode Islander to win the title. She succeeded outgoing titleholder Leila Lopes from Angola.[12]

In January 2013, Culpo visited Indonesia for three weeks and helped crown the winner of Puteri Indonesia 2013 on February 1 in Jakarta. She also visited Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Bali. In Jakarta, Culpo hosted a discussion with young Indonesians for the United Nations Population Fund on HIV and youth prevention at the U.S. Embassy's cultural center of America.[13]

On August 25, 2013, Cranston's city council approved a resolution adding Culpo's name to Albert Avenue, which runs between Broad Street and Narragansett Boulevard in Edgewood.[14]

On September 10, 2013, Culpo participated in the Sherri Hill fashion show held at Trump Tower in New York City.[15]

On November 9, 2013, she crowned Gabriela Isler of Venezuela as her successor. In doing so, she became the third Miss Universe from the U.S. to pass the title to Venezuela, after Shawn Weatherly in 1981 and Chelsi Smith in 1996.

In January 2023 and November 2023, Culpo co-hosted the Miss Universe 2022 and Miss Universe 2023 pageants.[16][17]

Outside pageantry

Culpo became a social media personality after gaining a significant following on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. She has partnered and collaborated with several beauty and fashion brands, including L'Oréal, Kipling,[18] and Uberliss,[19] as an influencer.[20][21] Culpo was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,[22] appearing on the cover of the 2020 issue alongside Jasmine Sanders and Kate Bock.[23] In 2018 she appeared on the reality television show Model Squad. Culpo had roles in the films The Other Woman, I Feel Pretty, Reprisal, and Venus as a Boy.[24]

In August 2017, Culpo opened a restaurant with her family in Rhode Island.[25]

In 2023, Culpo competed in season nine of The Masked Singer as "UFO". After besting Alicia Witt as "Dandelion" and Melissa Joan Hart as "Lamp" in "Masked Singer in Space", she was eliminated in the quarterfinals.[26]

Personal life

Culpo married NFL running back Christian McCaffrey on June 29, 2024; the wedding was in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.[27] Their relationship began in 2019[28] and their engagement was announced in April 2023.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Other Woman Raven-Haired Beauty cameo
2017 American Satan Gretchen
2018 I Feel Pretty Hope
Reprisal Christina
2020 The Swing of Things Laura Jane
2021 Venus as a Boy Ruby
2023 Clawfoot Tasha


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Miss Universe 2015 Herself Judge
2017; 2023 Hell's Kitchen 2 episodes
2018 Model Squad Herself
2019 Miss Universe 2019 Backstage correspondent
2021 Paradise City Gretchen TV spinoff of American Satan
Miss Universe 2020 Herself Host
2022 The Culpo Sisters
2023 Miss Universe 2022
The Masked Singer Herself/UFO Season 9 contestant
Miss Universe 2023 Herself Host

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role
2014 "Jealous" Nick Jonas Herself
"Amor" Emin Agalarov


  1. ^ Kumbarji, Ceylan (April 22, 2016). "Interview: Olivia Culpo". Taylor Magazine. Archived from the original on April 26, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Rhode Island – Olivia Culpo". Miss Universe Organization. Archived from the original on August 12, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016. Born: May 8
  3. ^ a b c d e Pelletier, Jenna (July 26, 2012). "Miss USA: Crowning achievement for RI-born Culpo: She's now the first Miss Rhode Island to win the Miss USA crown in the event's 61-year history". The Providence Journal. Providence, Rhode Island. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015. Nearly a month after winning Miss USA 2012, Culpo, 20 [as of July 26, 2012]...
  4. ^ Berger, Rebekah (June 4, 2012). "Cranston's Culpo Crowned Miss USA". WPRO. Providence, Rhode Island. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Miss USA 2012: Olivia Culpo Crowned, Beats Latina Beauties". Fox News Latino. June 4, 2012. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2012. She said she comes from a big, Italian family and speaks some Italian.
  6. ^ Fisher, Luchina (June 4, 2012). "Olivia Culpo: Five Things About Miss USA 2012". ABC News. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "About Olivia". Miss Rhode Island USA. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Naughton, Michael (June 3, 2012). "Five things to know about Boston University student Olivia Culpo, the new Miss USA". Metro. Boston, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "Miss USA 2012: Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo named Miss USA 2012". Daily News. New York City. June 4, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Kalunian, Kim (July 10, 2012). "Miss USA visits her Rhode Island hometown". Cranston Herald. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  11. ^ "Olivia Culpo". Miss Universe, L.P. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  12. ^ "PAGEANT UPDATES: Miss USA 2012 is Olivia Culpo! ~ Beauty Mania .biz® – Everybody is Born Beautiful!!". Beautymania.biz. June 3, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Curran, John (February 13, 2013). "Miss Universe talks HIV prevention in UNFPA youth dialogue". UNFPA Indonesia. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Street to be Named after Cranston's Culpo, Miss Universe". Cranston, Rhode Island Patch. August 26, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Miss Universe Olivia Culpo to be charged for violating rules at Taj Mahal". Biharprabha News. October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  16. ^ "Olivia Culpo, Jeannie Mai Jenkins to Host 71st Miss Universe Telecast (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety Magazine. January 4, 2023. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  17. ^ "Miss Universe 2023: The team who will host the 72nd annual competition". Hola Magazine. November 8, 2023. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  18. ^ Shapiro, Jared (January 3, 2017). "Model Olivia Culpo on Cyberbullying, Why She Didn't Consider Herself Beautiful, & What She Loves about Miami". Ocean Drive. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  19. ^ Strause, Jackie (June 14, 2015). "Olivia Culpo Sizzles in First Beauty Campaign". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  20. ^ Segal, Lindy; Talarico, Brittany (August 31, 2017). "How to Instagram Like Olivia Culpo". People. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  21. ^ Simon, Samantha (September 20, 2018). "Olivia Culpo Has a "Moral Clause" When it Comes to Posting Sponsored Content". InStyle. Archived from the original on July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  22. ^ Hendrix, Kelsey (January 17, 2018). "Olivia Culpo, Hunter McGrady and Ebonee Davis are Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 Rookies". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  23. ^ Giunta, Joanna (July 13, 2020). "Your Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2020 Cover Models Are Kate Bock, Jasmine Sanders and Olivia Culpo". Swimsuit | SI.com. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  24. ^ "Olivia Culpo & Ty Hodges Topline 'Venus As A Boy' Indie". deadline.com. February 25, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  25. ^ Goldstein, Meredith (August 29, 2017). "Olivia Culpo opens a restaurant in Rhode Island". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  26. ^ Huff, Lauren (May 3, 2022). "UFO on shocking Masked Singer panelists with her vocal talent and if she'd ever record an album". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 22, 2024.
  27. ^ Clack, Erin (June 29, 2024). "Olivia Culpo and Christian McCaffrey Tie the Knot in Rhode Island". People. Retrieved June 29, 2024.
  28. ^ Carlson, Adam (December 8, 2019). "Olivia Culpo Says Relationship with Panthers Player Christian McCaffrey Is Going 'Really Great'". People. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  29. ^ "Olivia Culpo Is Engaged to Football Player Boyfriend". Celeb Crunch. April 8, 2023. Retrieved April 8, 2023.

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