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Rhode Island Beauty Stands Up For Trans Women, Takes The Crown At Miss USA

Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old from Rhode Island, took the Miss USA crown Saturday night right after she told judges she’d support a transgender contestant in the 60-year-old beauty contest.During the final interview, Culpo was asked a question sent by Twitter: “Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?”

Culpo didn’t hesitate to answer in the affirmative: “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.

The graceful beauty said she wasn’t thrown by the question. “This is a free country—to each their own.”

This year, the Miss USA organization agreed to change it’s rules to allow Canadian trans woman Jenna Talackova compete. While Talackova didn’t win Miss Canada, she did place in the top 12.

Photo: GLAAD

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jun 4, 2012
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  • 5 Comments
    • jason
      jason

      When I look at these silly girls, I see clones. They look like they’ve all come out of the same Clairol hair salon. Pathetic.

      Jun 4, 2012 at 8:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize
      Belize

      @jason: “When I look at these silly girls, I see clones. They look like they’ve all come out of the same Clairol hair salon.”

      I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never come out of a hair salon before. The last time I checked, they canceled their plans to give grooming services to “dogs.”

      “Pathetic.”

      Of course you’d know what that means. You can’t argue with her simple logic so you attack her physical appearance. How very Republican of you. :)

      Jun 4, 2012 at 8:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      I’ve learnt through the ages of commenting on queerty that if you find yourself agreeing with jason, you’re wrong…

      Jun 4, 2012 at 9:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clockwork
      Clockwork

      Watching that segment of the pageant:
      My reaction to her response was, she didn’t really like the idea of competing(being equated to a transwoman), but realized she needed to shuffle together a politically correct response.

      Either way she held together for what was a very tough question to have dropped in your brain with millions watching and a pageant win on the line.

      Jun 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sheena
      sheena

      whatever EQUALITY AT ITS FINEST I WOULD SUPPORT THIS GIRL SHE HAD A CHOICE TO EITHER USE A VOICE THAT COULD GO ON HATRED YET SHE CHOSE THE RIGHT PATH YES GIRL IM ON UR SIDE YASSS FOR EQUALITY!!!!

      Jun 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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