Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island (Ed. note: With great eyebrows!), was crowned Miss USA last night. She took home the crown after answering a pretty tough question from a viewer on Twitter (Rob Kardashian, whose presence on the judging panel I still can’t quite figure out, asked the question): “Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?”
It was a timely question considering Jenna Talackova, the first transgendered person to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant, was initially disqualified from competing in last month’s pageant because she was not a natural born female. (Donald Trump eventually overturned the ruling and Talackova placed in the top 12). And Culpo’s “like such as”-free answer surely helped secure her the crown:
“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,” Culpo said, according to the AP. “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.”
Apparently the Donald (and owner of the pageant) approves. “She gave a great answer,” he said, Fox news is reporting.
And because it’s impossible to talk pageant answers without thinking about Miss South Carolina Lauren Caitlin Upton’s epic answer about why Americans can’t locate the US on a world map, here’s the full transcript of that gem, and the video, which has been viewed over 54 million times.
“I personally believe, that U.S. Americans, are unable to do so, because uh, some, people out there, in our nation don’t have maps. And uh…I believe that our education like such as in South Africa, and the Iraq, everywhere like such as…and, I believe they should uh, our education over here, in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa, and should help the Iraq and Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”