Forgive me my regional boosterism, but it’s highly unusual for a girl from Rhode Island who goes to Boston University to win Miss USA, let alone Miss Universe. And yet Olivia Culpo has done both—and she’s a classical cellist as well.
I have to say I like Culpo’s red dress here. Note how the rest of the gowns look very pageant-y, but hers is more elegant, like something a classical musician or opera singer might wear for a solo concert.
Note also the very full skirt—the better to play the cello in (not that Culpo played cello in the pageant; there’s no talent competition in Miss Universe, unless you consider strutting your stuff in front of a gazillion people wearing a bikini and sky-high heels a talent, which I suppose it is).
Although I’m very curious, I could find no videos of Culpo sawing away at her cello. But there were three stills, which I present here in ascending (or descending?) order.
First we have the cellist next door:
Next, the Viva Las Vegas cellist:
And finally, sex and the single cellist (I’d never seen a white cello before this, especially one with what appear to be decals on it, but I can’t say I’ve kept up with cello fashion)::
So don’t say I never give you cheesecake. But I try to do it with a little culcha.
[NOTE: And speaking of stringed-instruments and fashion, there's Julia Fischer.]